Sunday, October 12, 2014

Guinness Pro 12: Americas Players Review - Round 6

Photo: Talking Rugby Union
The sixth round of the Guinness Pro 12 belonged to the Irish provinces. All four Irish sides completed victories, two at home and two away in Italy. It sees changes to the standings with Irish sides now all being placed in the top half of the standings, between third and sixth. Involved for members of all four countries in the Celtic-Italian League this weekend were players from the Americas. Argentina, Canada and the USA all had international players past or present involved. Of note was the debut of Eusebio Guiñazú for Munster on Friday. 

Munster 17-6 Scarlets
In the first of two matches played on Friday southern Irish province Munster sent Western Welsh region the Scarlets down the standings in a one try to zero victory. Former first choice Argentine hooker Eusebio Guiñazú made his debut appearance in the Guinness Pro 12 fro the bench. His thirty minutes of game time could be the start of a push to be recalled by Daniel Hourcade who named Agustín Creevy as captain and has utilized three Argentine based players ahead of Guiñazú this year.

Benetton Treviso 6-9 Connacht
A tryless match in Italy on Friday evening saw Irish province Connacht stay in touch with the leaders. After six rounds Connacht is proving to be competitive. Currently sitting in fifth position the Irish side is doing better than teams such as Leinster, Edinburgh, the Scarlets, Treviso and the Cardiff Blues who are all packed with test match players. Former Puma Tomás Vallejos Cinalli was a replacement for Benetton Treviso who collected their first point of the season due to the fact that they lost by less than seven points. 

Ulster 29-9 Glasgow Warriors
Northern Irish province Ulster moved to within one competition point of second position as it completed an impressive home victory over the Glasgow Warriors on Saturday. The loss sees Glasgow drop from first to second position. Starting on the right wing was USA born Tommy Seymour who is capped by Scotland. Canadian international DTH van der Merwe was on the bench while uncapped Callum Black from Washington D.C was a replacement for Ulster.

Zebre 3-20 Leinster
Another underwhelming performance from heavy weights Leinster places doubts over the form of a number of Irish international players. The slow start to the season explains the club being mid-table and below western neighbors Connacht. The only points scored by Zebre came from Argentina's Luciano Orquera who is capped by Italy. Matias Aguero and Gonzalo Garcia both also started and both are also from Argentina but capped by Italy. Luciano Leibson was on the bench. Yet to be capped the Argentine may yet play for Italy.

Edinburgh 24-10 Dragons
The Scottish capital side has been playing some poor rugby as of late but the side managed to win against Welsh region the Newport-Gwent Dragons on Saturday. The two tries to one victory included former Puma Tomás Leonardí who entered the match at half time from the bench. Leonardí has not played for Argentina since June 2013. 

Ospreys 26-15 Cardiff Blues
After six rounds the Ospreys remain undefeated. The Welsh region's latest win was at home in the only match of the round played today. Despite it being a Sunday fixture and a local derby Liberty Stadium was again far short of being full. Playing on the right wing for the Ospreys was Canadian Jeff Hassler who has quickly established himself a reputation which arguably makes him the best winger in Wales. The Cardiff Blues are set to have Lucas González Amorosino involved shortly now that he has completed international duty in the Rugby Championship.

Glasgow Warriors
Cardiff Blues
Benetton Treviso

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