Saturday, April 25, 2015

Guinness Pro 12: Americas Exports - Round 20

Photo Guinness Pro 12
With two rounds remaining the Semi Finals competitors in the 2014-2015 Guinness Pro 12 are all but confirmed. Scottish city side the Glasgow Warriors is set to join Irish provinces Ulster and Munster in addition to Welsh region the Ospreys in the final four. All is not over yet however as two rounds remain in the Celtic-Italian season giving sides time to secure European qualification. Set to be involved are players from the Americas. The region is the only World Rugby defined location yet to be allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup. 

Edinburgh 37-0 Zebre
Scottish side Edinburgh gave it's European Rugby Champions Cup qualification campaign a significant boost by completing a home bonus point victory on Friday. The five tries to zero performance gave Edinburgh the maximum five competition points to move ahead of Connacht and remain in touch with Scarlets. Should the Scots be able to rise one place further the team will indeed secure a place in next season's top level European club competition. Edinburgh's Argentine players were not involved though Gonzalo Garcia, Luciano Orquera and Matías Aguero all started for Zebre. All four are capped by Italy. 

Ulster 26-20 Leinster
Also on Friday was the all-Irish provincial clash of Ulster v Leinster. With Ulster hosting the Guinness Pro 12 final and Leinster backing-up from the Semi Finals stage of the European Rugby Championship Cup Ulster not only had it all to play for but also the advantage of a week off. The two tries to one win and four competition points for Ulster sees the Northern Irish side clear of the pack and into the Semi Finals. Leinster, in contrast, are all but eliminated. Uncapped USA prop Callum Black started at loosehead for the home team. 

Connacht 13-31 Glasgow Warriors
A home defeat for Connacht on Saturday was Ireland's western province demoted to eighth in the standings and now all but out of the running for European qualification. The Glasgow Warriors, in contrast, secured qualification for the Semi Finals of the Pro 12 as well as a place in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup. The five tries to zero win included a try to Tommy Seymour who is from Tennessee but plays at international level for Scotland. 

Cardiff Blues 23-31 Ospreys
In the first of the Welsh double-header, better known as Judgement Day, the Ospreys came out on top to move to within one competition point of the Semi Finals. On 66 points the Ospreys are thirteen ahead of Leinster, their only possible threat of reaching the final four. The starting wingers for the Cardiff Blues were Argentine outside backs Joaquín Tuculet and Lucas González Amorosino. Canadian Tyler Ardron was a second half replacement for the Ospreys.

Dragons 10-29 Scarlets
The second Judgement Day fixture saw the western Welsh region defeating the eastern Welsh region and with it moving ever closer to confirming qualification for the 2015-2016 European Rugby Champions Cup. The Scarlets must see off Edinburgh to secure their place in the competition. Joining the Scarlets next season is DTH van der Merwe who is set to play in a third Rugby World Cup in 2015 for Canada.

Munster 30-19 Treviso
The final match of the round saw southern Irish province Munster moving one point ahead of Ulster in the race to host a Semi Final. Treviso, meanwhile, are well out of the running but are on track to qualify for the 2015-2016 European Rugby Champions Cup by virtue of finishing above Zebre. Former Puma Eusebio Guiñazú was Munster's reserve hooker while uncapped Argentine prop Romulo Acosta was on the bench for the Italians.


#
Team
Pts
1
Glasgow
70
2
Munster
68
3
Ulster
67
4
Ospreys
66
5
Leinster
53
6
Scarlets
49
7
Edinburgh
48
8
Connacht
44
9
Dragons
37
10
Cardiff Blues
30
11
Treviso
18
12
Zebre
15

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