Sunday, March 1, 2015

Aviva Premiership: Americas Players Review - Round 16

Photo Rugby Week
In the back-drop to the third round of the Six Nations Championship was round sixteen of England's domestic competition, the Aviva Premiership. With leading teams disadvantaged by having players missing to international duty it was an opportunity for lower sides to pick up wins but, instead, five of the winning teams were higher ranked thus continuing the questions over the Salary Cap in English rugby. Involved in round 16 were players from Argentina, Canada and the USA, three competitors in Rugby World Cup 2015. The Americas is the only region yet to be allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup.

Northampton Saints 17-13 Harlequins
Round 16 got underway on Friday with the reigning premiers hosting and defeating the 2012 champions. With four further competition points Northampton edges closer towards securing a home Semi Final. USA enforcer Samu Manoa played blindside flanker for the home side and scored the opening try of the game. 

London Welsh 12-50 London Irish
The winless London Welsh lost again and did so by another significant margin allowing London Irish to complete its biggest Premiership win of the season. Two Canadian internationals expected to feature in the World Cup were replacements. Richard Thorpe for London Welsh and Jebb Sinclair for London Irish. 

Leicester Tigers 28-8 Sale Sharks
The Leicester Tigers moved four points clear of the Sale Sharks by completing a three tries to one home victory on Saturday. Leicester is now tied with Bath for a share of fifth position. Involved in the win was veteran Puma Marcos Ayerza who was the team's starting loosehead prop. USA winger Blaine Scully also started. Both are likely World Cup players. 

Saracens 22-17 Newcastle Falcons
Despite being outscored by three tries to one the London based Saracens came out on top against the lower table side Newcastle. With London Welsh heading for relegation Newcastle is safe but the club will need to win such matches next season. Involved for Saracens were Chris Wyles and Marcelo Bosch, both of whom are expected to play in the World Cup. Possible participant Juan Figallo was on the bench while Newcastle's team had Juan Pablo Socino and Juan Pablo Orlandi starting.

Exeter Chiefs 16-6 Bath
The Six Nations Championship has had a harmful impact on Bath's season. Having well well placed at the top of the standings the club has now been overtaken by West Country rivals Exeter un addition to the Wasps. Horacio Agulla missed the match and will not return to the field until April. 

Wasps 32-21 Gloucester
The relocation and rebranding of the London Wasps to Coventry to be known as the Wasps has coincided with a changing of fortune as the club is enjoying its best season in years. With a home bonus point win on Sunday the Wasps now sit in second position tied with Saracens and Exeter. Puma Mariano Galarza continues to wait for his debut for Gloucester following a  shoulder reconstruction surgery in the final round of the 2014 Rugby Championship.

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Club
Pts
1
Northampton
60
2
Saracens
48
3
Exeter
48
4
Wasps
48
5
Leicester
47
6
Bath
47
7
Sale Sharks
43
8
Gloucester
35
9
Harlequins
35
10
London Irish
28
11
Newcastle
24
12
London Welsh
01

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