Saturday, May 23, 2015

Guinness Pro 12: Americas Exports - Semi Finals

A Scottish-Republic of Ireland final will be contested next weekend in Northern Ireland with either the Glasgow Warriors or Munster being crowned champions of the Guinness Pro 12. Both teams won their Semi Finals with players from the Americas involved. The same players are expected to also contest the competition's final next weekend. The Americas is the only region yet to be allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup. England will host for a third time in 2015 and Wales for a fourth. 

Glasgow Warriors 21-18 Ulster
Last season's beaten finalists the Glasgow Warriors secured the first place in the final by winning late in the match against Northern Irish provincial side Ulster. The try scorer for Glasgow was Canadian international DTH van der Merwe who is moving on to Welsh region the Scarlets next season and doing so after a six year stay at the Scottish city side. van der Merwe was a 67th minute replacement and scored in the 75th minute. Starting was Tommy Seymour who is from Tennessee but is capped by Scotland. The uncapped Callum Black played tighthead prop for Ulster. Black could yet play for, his country of birth, the USA at the World Cup.

Munster 21-18 Ospreys 
Irish hopes were salvaged on Saturday afternoon as southern province Munster came out on top with a hard-fought victory at Thomond Park. Starting at hooker for the home side was Eusebio Guiñazú (pictured above) who was Argentina's starting hooker under Santiago Phelan throughout 2012 and 2013 but was not selected at all in 2014 by Daniel Hourcade. Two world-class Canadians started for the Welsh region - Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron. Hassler recently completed his come back from knee surgery while Ardron is a genuinely world-class back-rower playing second-row in an elite competition. Hassler scored a noteworthy try.

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