Sunday, October 5, 2014

Guinness Pro 12: Americas Players Review - Round 5

Photo Glasgow Warriors
Round five of the Cetic-Italian League came to a close this afternoon and with it the competition has a new leader. Scottish side the Glasgow Warriors moved ahead of Welsh region, the Ospreys and did so by winning away with players from the Americas crossing for tries. Other matches also featured players from the Americas, the only IRB defined region yet to be allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup. 2023 ought to see this changed with Argentina having a very strong case in why it should be the host nation. 

Connacht 24-24 Cardiff Blues
The rise of Connacht combined with the lackluster performances of the Cardiff Blues so far this season saw the teams compete to a draw on Friday evening in Galway. With Connacht not being a part of the European Rugby Champions Cup it has been placing greater importance on the Pro 12 than many so far this season. Puma Lucas González Amorosino signed for Cardiff earlier in the week. He started in the win over Australia in Mendoza on Saturday.

Ulster 30-0 Edinburgh
Northern Irish province Ulster produced its best performance of the season thus far with a result that left Edinburgh humiliated for the second time in three rounds. The Scottish capital side will not play in the European Rugby Champions Cup and, on form, is very unlikely to qualify for next season. Former Puma Tomás Leonardí was on the Edinburgh bench. 

Zebre 14-15 Ospreys
Also played on Friday was a match in which the top of the table Ospreys was expected to run out impressive winners in Parma. The Welsh region, however, failed to score a try and required goalkicking to win the fixture. Argentine players capped by Italy started for Zebre with Luciano Orquera and Gonzalo Garcia forming a 10-12 combination  and Matias Aguero playing loosehead prop. Uncapped Argentine prop Luciano Leibson was on the bench. The Ospreys had Canadian Jeff Hassler on the right wing and former USA junior Hanno Dirksen on the left wing.

Leinster 23-34 Munster
With qualification for Europe now based on Europe the Irish provinces have not been able to start the season in their usual manner. Indeed the policy of having Irish international players feature less than is the norm with other nations explains their position in the table. Former Puma Eusebio Guiñazú is yet to feature for Munster since joining as a medical joker. 

Benetton Treviso 23-40 Glasgow Warriors
Last season's beaten finalists the Glasgow Warriors went top of the table with an away bonus point victory against Italian side Benetton Treviso earlier today. The starting wingers for the Warriors were Tommy Seymour and DTH van der Merwe, with both crossing for tries. Despite being capped by Scotland Seymour is from Tennessee while van der Merwe has played in two Rugby World Cups for Canada.

Scarlets 26-13 Dragons
In the second of two Sunday matches the Scarlets collected four competition points by winning a Welsh derby against the Newport Gwent Dragons by two tries to one. The result consequently sees the Scarlets rising up the standings while the Dragons is left with three others in the tail of the table.

1
Glasgow Warriors
23
2
Ospreys
22
3
Ulster
18
4
Munster
15
5
Connacht
14
6
Scarlets
14
7
Leinster
12
8
Cardiff Blues
7
9
Dragons
7
10
Edinburgh
7
11
Zebre
5
12
Benetton Treviso
0

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