Sunday, October 12, 2014

Aviva Premiership: Americas Players Review - Round 6

Round six of this season's Aviva Premiership came to a close this afternoon. It was a round for the home sides as the only home team not to win was London Welsh, a club whose place in the competition is already under serious doubt as it is unable to not only win matches but to be competitive. Involved in round six were players from Argentina, Canada and the USA. Star performances from USA players in England this weekend saw three Americans scoring tries. The Americas is the only IRB identified region yet to be allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup but 2023 ought to see this changed as Argentina offers much more than any potential other bidder. 

Leicester Tigers 22-16 Harlequins
In the opening fixture of the round the Leicester Tigers moved up the ladder after defeating the Harlequins. The two sides are sitting mid-table despite having been expected to continue their form of recent seasons which has seen both permanently placed in the top four. The match featured one try each per team with the opening score coming from USA winger Blaine Scully who continues to perform very well in England. Making his first appearance for Leicester this season was Marcos Ayerza who returned from the Rugby Championship to take a spot on the bench.

Northampton Saints 43-10 Sale Sharks
The English press had been congratulating the Sale Sharks in earlier rounds but the northern English side was simply demolished by last season's English champions. The six tries to one smashing included a hat-trick from USA international Samu Manoa who is likely to be a big favorite in Chicago for next month's home international against the All Blacks at Soldier Field. 

Saracens 28-21 Gloucester
A three tries to two home victory in Northern London sees Saracens sitting pretty in second position behind Northampton. Gloucester up and down season thus far has the club sitting mid-table but based on the performance against Saracens the club could be expected to rise. Involved for Saracens was USA fullback Chris Wyles who played in the centres and scored his team's opening try. Marcelo Bosch returned from the Rugby Championship to be named on the bench for this fixture.

Exeter Chiefs 44-24 London Irish
Having been the first team to lose against the Newcasle Falcons for a year, the Exeter Chiefs took out their frustrations with a sublime performance at Sandy Park against London Irish on Saturday. It is a result which sees the Chiefs sitting in an impressive third position. London Irish is not so well placed sitting down in ninth. Involved for the visiting side was Canadian international Jebb Sinclair who started in the second-row.

London Welsh 3-23 Newcastle Falcons
The lack of a quality second division in England continues to be underlined as last season's division two champions, London Welsh simply should not be playing in the Aviva Premiership. The club is on target to set a record of points conceded in a season and is very far from coming close to winning a match. The home loss on Saturday was against the only other club considered possible to be relegated. Playing loosehead prop was Pablo Henn while Juan Pablo Socino started at fly half and kicked two goals for the Falcons. Also starting was Gonzalo Tiesi who left after the first quarter injured. None of the three have been selected for international duty by Daniel Hourcade in 2014.

Wasps 29-22 Bath
With all the press covering the decision of the Wasps to leave their Greater London Home and relocate to the West Midlands to play in Coventry the win at Adams Park over Bath on Sunday came at a perfect time. Wasps supporters feel let down by the club's decision but, in the end, the club cannot remain in what is a small and expensive location. The need to adapt or die is entirely clear regarding the decision to play at the Ricoh Arena. The home win over Bath was a match missing players from the Americas. 

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

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