Saturday, May 23, 2015

Aviva Premiership: Americas Exports - Semi Finals

The 2015 Aviva Premiership champion is to be different to that of 2014. Defending champions the Northampton Saints were eliminated in one of the two English Semi Finals played today. Last year's beaten finalists, Saracens will now face Bath in the final after the Leicester Tigers were beaten by a very impressive performance from the west country side. Involved in the Semi Finals were players from Argentina and the USA. The two countries are very important to rugby today and will certainly become more so in the future. Union authorities and World Rugby staff have both commented about the potential of both hosting Rugby World Cups. 


Northampton 24-29 Saracens
Playing at home the Northampton Saints were looking to reach back-to-back finals and to do so by defeating the team that they defeated in the 2014 Aviva Premiership Final to win the English title. The form of the team over recent months had not been desirable but the class of the team and playing at home handed the Saints an advantage. With both teams scoring two tries the goal kicking of Owen Farrell proved decisive in Saracens' victory. Playing left wing for the London based side was Chris Wyles while his USA Eagles teammate Samu Manoa played back-row for Northampton. Recovering Puma Juan Figallo was a replacement for Saracens. Fellow Puma Marcelo Bosch was not involved.

Bath 47-10 Leicester Tigers
Bath earned the right to face Saracens in the final by outplaying the East Midlands side in a manner rarely seen at all, let alone in a Semi Final. The seven tries to one hammering sees Bath now just 80 minutes away from winning the English championship for the first time since 1996. Puma Marcelo Bosch was not involved for Bath but Marcos Ayerza played loosehead prop for Leicester. Eagle Blaine Scully remains sidelined for Leicester.

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