Sunday, September 21, 2014

Aviva Premiership: Americas Players Review - Round 3

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After three rounds of the Aviva Premiership the teams to have been Semi Finalists over recent seasons are all in the top half of the standings. The four Semi Finalists from last season - Harlequins Leicester, Northampton and Saracens are all strong contenders to make the final four again with Bath, as was the case last season, expected to be the next major challenger. There are, however, signs that wins will be more complicated as shown by the Quins and Tigers being humiliated already this season. Involved in round three were players from Argentina, Canada and the USA. The Americas is yet to be allocated a Rugby World Cup but this ought to change with Argentina being the strongest option to host Rugby World Cup 2023.


Gloucester 22-25 Exeter Chiefs
The opening match of the round saw the visiting Exeter Chiefs dominating in the first half and then holding on to win by the margin of a penalty. The Chiefs are consequently well placed while Gloucester are third from bottom. Missing was Mariano Galarza who is to face the All Blacks and Wallabies over the coming weekends.

Sale Sharks 46-8 London Welsh
After three rounds London Welsh are yet to win and yet to come close. The winners of last season's second division are already -117 points on the for and against record after just three matches. Former Puma Pablo Henn was not involved in the match. 

Harlequins 26-23 Wasps
The Harlequins turned around their poor performance from round two to hold off a strong challenge from the Wasps on Saturday. The Quins, though, almost fell short as the Wasps mounted a late come back after having been 26-13 down. 

London Irish 32-36 Saracens
An entertaining match on Saturday almost resulted in an upset as London Irish pushed Saracens close. Canadian Jebb Sinclair started for London Irish in the second-row and, in doing so, faced-off against USA international Hayden Smith. Also starting for Saracens was veteran USA fullback Chris Wyles who played on the left wing. Pumas Marcelo Bosch and Juan Figallo will play for Saracens later on in the season. 

Bath 45-0 Leicester Tigers
Leicester was shocked and humiliated by an impressive Bath on Saturday. The record breaking loss was without squad members from Argentina and the USA while Bath was also missing its Pumas. Canadian Robert Barbieri was a replacement for Leicester. The Toronto product plays at test level for Italy. 

Newcastle Falcons 10-35 Northampton Saints
The final match of the round was played on Sunday and saw Newcastle remaining winless after three rounds. Both teams had one player from the Americas starting Juan Pablo Socino played inside centre for Newcastle while USA powerhouse Samu Manoa started at the back of the scrum for Northampton. Coming off the bench for Newcastle was former Puma Gonzalo Tiesi. USA born English test prop Alex Corbisiero was on the bench for the opposition.

1
Bath
14
2
Saracens
13
3
Northampton Saints
11
4
Exeter Chiefs
10
5
Leicester Tigers
9
6
Harlequins
8
7
Sale Sharks
7
8
London Irish
7
9
Wasps
6
10
Gloucester
5
11
Newcastle Falcons
1
12
London Welsh
1

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