Sunday, March 1, 2015

Guinness Pro 12: Americas Players Review - Round 16

Photo Munster Rugby
The amount of rugby needed to fit into the season saw a full round of the Guinness Pro 12 being played this weekend despite it being a round of the Six Nations Championship. A number of teams were therefore heavily disadvantaged as players were involved in international duty. Not involved at the senior level were players from the Americas and, as such, a number of players from the only region yet to be allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup played for Celtic or Italian sides this weekend.  Players who could represent Argentina, Canada and the USA at this year's Rugby World Cup were involved this weekend in the Guinness Pro 12. 

Ospreys 9-9 Leinster
Welsh region the Ospreys remain two points outside of the top four following a low scoring draw against Irish province Leinster. Involved for the Ospreys was former USA junior Hanno Dirksen who remains uncapped. He moved to Wales with the hope of being capped and, in doing so, turned down selection for the USA in Rugby World Cup 2011. Dirksen played left wing while Canadian captain Tyler Ardron played in the second-row.

Ulster 25-20 Scarlets
Northern Irish province Ulster now sit equal with Glasgow in second position after defeating Welsh region the Scarlets on Friday. With Belfast already confirmed as the host city for the Guinness Pro 12 final Ulster looms as a strong chance of playing at home. Uncapped USA prop Callum Black started at loosehead for Ulster. He remains a possible USA Eagle for this year's Rugby World Cup. 

Munster 22-10 Glasgow Warriors
Competition leaders the Glasgow Warriors traveled to Cork on Saturday and returned home without scoring a competition point. As a result the club has lost the top position in the Guinness Pro 12. Starting at hooker was former Puma Eusebio Guiñazú (pictured above) who scored a first half try. Starting for the Scottish side were Canadians Connor Braid and DTH van der Merwe both of whom are expected to play in the World Cup later this year.

Cardiff Blues 21-15 Edinburgh
A much needed win for the Cardiff Blues on Sunday continued with the Scottish woes as Scotland's home loss against Italy was joined by both Glasgow and Edinburgh performing below par in the Guinness Pro 12. Involved in the win for the Welsh region was Puma Joaquín Tuculet who played fullback. 

Zebre 23-17 Dragons
Italy's win at Murrayfield on Saturday was the country's biggest rugby victory in over twelve months and ensures that the questions being asked regarding Italy in the Six Nations can be muted. Doubts have also surrounded the future of Italian sides in the Pro 12 but with Zebre wnning v the Newport Gwent Dragons the possibility of no Italian team finishing last is real. Zebre remains bottom but both itself and Benetton Treviso can overtake the Dragons. Playing tighthead prop for Zebre was Argentine Agustín Cavalieri.

Connacht 53-5 Benetton Treviso
A perfect Sunday for Irish rugby saw the national team's win over England partnered with a home win by Connacht over Italian side Benetton Treviso. A seven tries to one win sees the western Irish province edge closer to guaranteed qualification for next season's European Rugby Champions Cup. Involved in the match for Treviso was former Puma Tomás Vallejos Cinalli who started in the second-row. The uncapped Romulo Acosta was a replacement.

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Club
Pts
1
Munster
53
2
Glasgow
52
3
Ulster
52
4
Leinster
49
5
Ospreys
47
6
Connacht
42
7
Scarlets
36
8
Edinburgh
34
9
Cardiff Blues
26
10
Dragons
23
11
Treviso
18
12
Zebre
14

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