Sunday, December 21, 2014

Aviva Premiership: Americas Players Review - Round 10

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The tenth round of the English championship, the Aviva Premiership took place over the weekend with one match on Friday, four on Saturday and one earlier today.  Approaching the midway point in the competition there is a clear gulf in ability despite the premiership having a Salary Cap which, by design, should make for an evenly disputed competition. The ninth placed club has less than half the competition points of the leader while the bottom placed side has just a solitary point. The premiership relies on quality players from both England and outside to give it an elite standard and in round ten there were a number of notable players from North and South America in action. The Americas is the only region not be be allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup. 

Sale Sharks 18-11 Exeter Chiefs
The opening fixture of the round  saw the Sale Sharks winning at home to edge towards a place in the top four. Scoring two tries to one the Northern English side were in control of the match throughout with former test fly half Danny Cipriani continuing to push for a return to England's test team. He was, however, injured late in the match.

Harlequins 15-7 Newcastle Falcons
The extent of the struggles that the Harlequins are experiencing this season was made clear on Saturday as the London based side was unable to score a try against the Newcastle Falcons, a team that has struggled in its two seasons since returning from the second division. Newcastle was holding a half time lead but in being unable to score any second half points it missed out on an opportunity for a win in the capital. Uncapped Argentine Juan Pablo Socino played inside centre and converted his team's try.

Saracens 78-7 London Welsh
London Welsh suffered another humiliating defeat in losing by over seventy points. The club's best performance in ten rounds saw the club losing by twenty and it has been termed 'the worst in the history of top flight professional rugby'. London Welsh is far behind on competition points and facing a miracle to avoid relegation. Saracens, on the other hand, strengthened its position in the top four in completing an eleven tries to zero win. Puma Marcelo Bosch played at outside centre for Saracens. The USA was also represented with Chris Wyles playing left wing.

Northampton Saints 23-19 Leicester Tigers
The East Midlands derby between the Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers was a match of note. Both teams put in spirited performances and Northampton win despite having lost captain Dylan Hartley to a red card in the first half. The New Zealand born English international elbowed Matt Smith in the face and is expected to be banned from rugby for several months due to his dire record which has seen him red carded and suspended previously. Americans Samu Manoa and Blaine Scully started the natch as did Argentina's Marcos Ayerza. Manoa put in a trademark tackle on Australian Julian Salvi.

Gloucester 16-39 Bath
The western country derby was far from being a fixture to remember. Bath played poorly in the first half but Gloucester lacked the precision to seize opportunities and was, remarkably, losing the match at the interval. An improved Bath then scored three second half tries to complete a big win. Puma Horacio Agulla did not play for the winners. Meanwhile Mariano Galarza's Gloucester debut is approaching.

Wasps 48-16 London Irish
History was made earlier today as the Wasps played host to London Irish at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The club's more from Greater London to the West Midlands has opinions divided but few disagree that the Wasps will benefit from new found permanent revenue. The first fixture in Coventry was a success with the home side fighting back from an early deficit to complete a bonus point win. Starting for London Irish was Canadian Jebb Sinclair.

Exeter Chiefs
Sale Shakrs
Leicester Tigers
London Irish
London Welsh

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