Sunday, November 2, 2014

Guinness Pro 12: Americas Players Review - Round 7


Lucas Amorosino
Photo Guinness Pro 12
The seventh round of the Guinness Pro 12 was played this weekend with matches taking place in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For the test teams of Celtic nations and Italy it was a final opportunity for a number of players ahead of international duty next weekend. Also involved were players from the Americas with Puma Lucas González Amorosino (pictured to the right) making his debut in the competition by scoring a try for the Cardiff Blues. He is to be on international duty this month as are other players from North and South America involved in the competition. 


Glasgow Warriors 17-9 Benetton Treviso
A home victory for the Glasgow Warriors on Friday evening sees the Scottish side retaining second place in the competition. The Pro 12 victory featured two Canadian players with DTH van der Merwe starting the match on the left wing and Connor Braid coming off the bench in the 68th minute. Both players are to be involved in Canada's international campaign this month in Europe. Former Puma Tomás Vallejos Cinalli started in the second-row for Benetton Treviso.

Ospreys 26-11 Connacht
Sitting top of the table and yet to be defeated the Ospreys are enjoying impressive form in the Guinness Pro 12 this season. The home win over western Irish province Connacht featured Canadian Jeff Hassler as the starting right winger and opening try scorer. The forgettable first half saw the teams locked 3-3 at the interval.

Leinster 33-8 Edinburgh
Scottish capital side Edinburgh has not been playing well at all this season and Scottish coach Vern Cotter has reflected this in the make-up of his squad for the November internationals. The squad is dominated by Glasgow players and imports are also not in high demand. Former Puma Tomás Leonardí  and the uncapped Joaquín Domínguez were both starters for Edinburgh but neither will play for Argentina this month. Leonardí scored the only try of the match for the Scottish side.

Ulster 23-6 Dragons
A home win for Ulster sees the Northern Irish side remaining in third position. The Dragons, on the other hand, are third from the bottom. The Welsh region has struggled this season with only the two Italian sides being lower on the table. Uncapped USA prop Callum Black started the match at loosehead prop for Ulster.

Scarlets 28-13 Zebre
Western Welsh region the Scarlets backed-up their home win over the Leicester Tigers in Europe last weekend with a solid home win over Zebre on Saturday. Both teams scored one try each with the goalkicking of Steven Shingler being crucial to the extent of the outcome. Involved for Zebre were Matias Aguero, Luciano Leibson and Lucano Orquera all of whom are from Argentina. Leibson is uncapped but in the sights of Italy. 

Cardiff Blues 24-28 Munster
The final match of the round looked like having an upset as Welsh region the Cardiff Blues led Irish province Munster into the final minutes. But in scoring a try in the 77th minute Munster recovered to record an away victory. With it the southern Irish province retains its place in the top four. Former Puma Eusebio Guiñazú was a replacement hooker for Munster, coming on in the 51st minute. Argentine winger Lucas González Amorosino started for Cardiff and scored the opening try of the match in what was his debut for the Welsh side.

1
Ospreys
30
2
Glasgow
27
3
Ulster
26
4
Munster
23
5
Leinster
21
6
Connacht
18
7
Scarlets
18
8
Edinburgh
11
9
Cardiff
8
10
Dragons
7
11
Zebre
5
12
Treviso
1

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