Sunday, April 27, 2014

Amlin Challenge Cup: Semi Finals Wrap


Photo The Sunday Times
The final ever edition of the Amlin Challenge Cup will see Bath take on the Northampton Saints in Cardiff. The two Aviva Premiership clubs earned the right to play in the final by winning their respective Semi Finals against London based sides the London Wasps and the Harlequins. The final is to take place the day before the Heineken Cup Final, Friday May 23.

Northampton Saints 18-10 Harlequins
One of the best performing teams in this seasons Aviva Premiership, the Northampton Saints, booked a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup Final with an eight point win over the Harlequins on Friday. The home side was in control throughout ad held an 18-3 lead after forty-five minutes. The Harlequins managed to score a try in the sixty-third minute but it was too little too late as the Saints held on for victory. USA international powerhouse Samu Manoa started for Northampton in the second-row. The Californian has been nominated for the prestigious Aviva Premiership player of the year award. His USA Eagles colleague Cam Dolan remains yet to play for the club. 

London Wasps 18-24 Bath
Played on Sun day afternoon the second Semi Final also went the way of the better performing side from the current Aviva Premiership season. Bath is well placed to qualify for the Semi Finals while the London Wasps are going to finish the season as either confirmed in the new European Champions Cup or not. The club will not feature in the Aviva Premiership play-offs. With Bath still needing to win matches in the Aviva Premiership if it is to reach the final four it gave some players a rest against the Wasps. None of the Bath´s three Pumas featured in the final. Of them Horacio Agulla has been the only one to get regular game time this season. London Wasps´ players from the Americas were also not involved.

Amlin Challenge Cup Final
Friday May 23 Bath v Northampton Saints, Cardiff Arms Park

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