Sunday, February 15, 2015

Guinness Pro 12: Americas Players Review - Round 14

Photo Glasgow Warriors
After fourteen rounds of the Celtic-Italian League there are realistically only five teams who could be said to have an eye on an appearance in the Semi Finals. Together with the Irish provinces of Leinster, Munster and Ulster it is the Ospreys and Glasgow Warriors who have been achieving the results in the Guinness Pro 12 this season. Changes to the laws of the competition have seen Belfast allocated hosting rights to the final even if Ulster is not involved. Likely to be involved are players from the Americas. The only region never to have been allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup has a notable list of players involved in the Guinness Pro 12. 

Ulster 43-3 Benetton Treviso
The host venue of the 2015 Guinness Pro 12 final, Belfast was the setting for the opening fixture of round 14 as Ulster played host to Benetton Treviso and completed a comfortable win. The current Irish squad is one lacking the regular number of Ulster players which in combination with Treviso having a large quantity missing to the Italian side meant the Northern Irish province eased to victory and collected a bonus point. Uncapped USA prop Callum Black started at loosehead prop for Ulster while former Puma Tomás Vallejos Cinalli was a replacement for the Italians. 

Edinburgh 24-16 Ospreys
A solid home victory by Edinburgh on Friday sees the Scottish capital side edging closer towards qualification for the 2015-2016 European Rugby Champions Cup. On the bench was former Puma Tomás Leonardí while starting for the Ospreys was Canadian captain Tyler Ardron. In failnig to win the Ospreys are now tied with Ulster. 

Munster 33-16 Cardiff Blues
Ireland's home win over France on Saturday was followed by a strong performance in which southern province Munster collected four competition points and the Cardiff Blues zero. With Edinburgh winning the result was significant for the Welsh region as a place in Europe next season appears to be unlikely. Involved in the match was former Puma Eusebio Guiñazú who played hooker for Munster. Current Pumas Joaquín Tuculet and Lucas González Amorosino started for Cardiff.

Scarlets 32-14 Connacht
Welsh region the Scarlets hosted western Irish province Connacht in the first of three matches played on Sunday. In completing a bonus point win the western Welsh region had drawn level with Connacht on 33 competition points and with only Edinburgh threatening the side appears a strong chance to qualify for Europe next season. 

Zebre 10-54 Glasgow Warriors
A home thrashing by the Glasgow Warriors ensured that Zebre would not move off the bottom of the table position. Starting at fly half and landing two goals was former Italian international Luciano Orquera who is Argentine. Also involved from Argentina were Luciano Leibson and Agustín Cavalieri. Canadian DTH van der Merwe started on the left wing for Glasgow. He has been linked to a move to Scarlets next season. His international teammate, Connor Braid was a second half replacement converting two tries.

Leinster 14-16 Dragons
With Leinster deprived of a host of players to Six Nations duty and the Newport-Gwent Dragons having much less involved the Welsh region was able to complete an away win on Sunday. With the result Leinster drop down to fifth position. 

#
Club
Pts
1
Glasgow
48
2
Munster
46
3
Ospreys
44
4
Ulster
44
5
Leinster
42
6
Connacht
33
7
Scarlets
33
8
Edinburgh
32
9
Cardiff Blues
22
10
Dragons
21
11
Treviso
13
12
Zebre
10

1 comment:

  1. Just saying, you forgot about Canadian International Connor Braid who scored his first pro12 points for Glasgow Warriors with 2 conversions!

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