Sunday, October 5, 2014

Aviva Premiership: Americas Players Review - Round 5

The fifth round of the 2014-2015 Aviva Premership was completed this afternoon. In a match featuring two Argentine players left out of the senior squad, by Daniel Hourcade, the Newcastle Falcons completed a home victory over a top four side. Scoring a match winning eleven points  was an uncapped player from Argentina. Also involved were other players from Argentina while both Canada and the USA also had players on the field. The Americas is the only IRB defined region never to have been allocated a Rugby World Cup. This ought to change with Argentina hosting Rugby World Cup 2023.

Bath 21-11 Saracens
The round started with a competitive match in the west country in which Bath moved into second position, one point ahead of Saracens. Both teams were missing Pumas with Bath's Horacio Agulla playing centre against the Wallabies and Marcelo Bosch of Saracens being on the bench. Veteran USA fullback Chris Wyles earned another start for Saracens, playing the match at inside centre and scoring the only try of the match for the London based side.

Harlequins 52-0 London Welsh
History is very likely to be written this season by London Welsh as the club continues to be demolished by all opponents it faces in the Aviva Premiership. After five rounds the club is not only bottom of the table but has also conceded a staggering 249 points and scored just 44. Former Puma Pablo Henn was a second half replacement for London Welsh.

London Irish 12-19 Northampton Saints
An away win over London Irish on Saturday sees the Northampton Saints sitting top of the table. Last season's champions have not reached the form that saw the club win the competition but he team has, nonetheless, been able to, unlike a number of others, complete victories. Involved was USA enforcer Samu Manoa who played number eight while for London Irish Canadian Jebb Sinclair played in the second-row. 

Gloucester 33-16 Leicester Tigers
Both cities are to host Rugby World Cup matches next year but the form of the clubs thus far in the Aviva Premiership has been underwhelming. Gloucester lacks the quality that saw it being the best team in England in the years following Rugby World Cup 1999 while an injury crisis and poor play has seen Leicester dropping well down the standings. Mariano Galarza and Marcos Ayerza featured for Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday but with USA winger Blaine Scully and Canadian-Italian Robert Barbieri starting there were still two from the Americas involved.

Sale Sharks 25-14 Wasps
In the first of two matches played earlier today the Sale Sharks scored three tries to two to claim an important home win. The Wasps, meanwhile are close to confirming a move to Coventry. Having dropped London from the name re-branding appears set to see the club looking to replicate French sides who play in larger venues and are based in larger cities than was the case in years gone by.

Newcastle Falcons 29-24 Exeter Chiefs
The round came to a close with a great fixture in Northern England in which the Newcaslte Falcons won for the first time this season. The victory features uncapped Argentine fly half Juan Pablo Socino who kicked five goals for the home side. Also starting was former Puma Gonzalo Tiesi who played outside centre. The possibility exists for both players could be selected for Argentina by Daniel Hourcade this November.

Northampton Saints
Exeter Chiefs
London Irish
Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers
Newcastle Falcons
London Welsh

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