This Wednesday the 19th date of the Premiership closed, which now has its first classified to the semifinals: thanks to the victory against a Gloucester that came from two consecutive victories, Exeter is more leader than ever and secured a place among the four best competition teams.
On the other hand, despite the loss of his Saracens to Sale Sharks, Juan Pablo Socino once again showed a solid performance, both in defense and attack. Likewise, Martín Landajo and Santiago García Botta were present at Harlequis’s triumph over a London Irish that did not have Agustín Creevy (they gave him a break) 38-15.
LONDON IRISH 15-38 HARLEQUINS (Wednesday)
After a very even first half in which both teams scored two tries, the visiting team brought out their full potential in the complement and ended up getting a spectacular win in their favor. Without Agustín Creevy (who scored two tries in his first two appearances), London Irish scored all their points in the first half, thanks to tries by Dan Norton (15 ‘) and Ben Donnell (24’). But that was it. The visitors, in contrast, never lowered the intensity and, in the second stage, they conquered the rival ingoal four times !, of which, in two, there was Argentine participation first hand. At 77 ‘, with Santiago García Botta as the mainstay, they forced the penalty try through the scrum, while at 80’, Martín Landajo was more alive than all, played a penalty quickly and managed the play that ended with Cadan Murley in the ingoal rival.
EXETER 35-22 GLOUCESTER (Wednesday)
Thanks to the victory against a Gloucester that had just won two games in a row, the Chiefs managed to establish themselves even more as the only leaders of the tournament. And not only that: they secured a place in the semifinals. The first hit came after 3 minutes of play, when hooker Cowan-Dickie banked the rival tackles and slid to score the first try of the match. Although the visit was going to respond about five minutes later through the giant Matt Banahan, four consecutive conquests of the first classified team, in some way, sentenced the story: they were those of Sam Simmonds (29 ‘), Jonny Hill (40’) , Ian Whitten (42 ‘) and Jack Maunder (54’). Despite Josh Gray’s incredible third row try, which even included a rake, Gloucester wasn’t going to be able to do more than just get close on the scoreboard.
BATH 40-15 WORCESTER (Wednesday)
The local team was a real machine. While Worcester was the first to hit through an interception from the Billy Searle opener at 7 minutes of play, Bath reacted at 9 ‘and, from there, was the broad dominator of the game’s actions. Four were the tries that the team led by Neal Hatley did in that first stage: Tom Ellis (9 ‘), Elliott Stooke (19’), Jack Walker (32 ‘) and Tom de Glanville (38’). Having made a more than considerable difference, the play of the match was going to arrive in the complement, in charge of the opening Josh Matavesi, who with sheer power took two rivals off with two tremendous butts and supported the rival ingoal. Important victory in local conditions for a team that, at the end of date 19, was fifth in the standings.
SALE SHARKS 24-17 SARACENS (Wednesday)
The game started with everything. After 3 minutes of play, the home team surprised with a great try from second row Matt Postlethwaite after a lethal counter. However, just a minute later, Saracens wing Rotimi Segundo put the finishing touch on an exquisite cross kick from young starter Manu Vunipola. Anyway, in the same first half, the tries of Valery Morozov (16 ‘) and Simon Hammersley (26’) were going to give Sale Sharks an important advantage. Juan Pablo Socino was a starter in the London team and, although he left with about 13 minutes to go to the end of the game, he contributed his own: every time he touched the ball, he gained meters, he stood out with a tremendous offensive tackle against the rival center Sam Hill, and even sometimes got into the maul as another forward. Although it was a spectacular maneuver, Saracens ‘last try at 80’ (again, Second), was not going to be enough for the visitors.
WASPS 54-7 LEICESTER (Wednesday)
It was a beating of the local team against the Tigers, who had Facundo Gigena in the second half, but Tomás Lavanini was not left to rest. It was the biggest win in Leicester history in the Premiership. Although he began winning with a try within five minutes of Caeron Henderson, his current situation is worrying since he barely won one of the games since he resumed the competition. The wasps went from smallest to largest and in the last twenty minutes they excelled causing havoc with the backs. There were eight tries in total, with a great Fekitoa, author of the first, then the conquests of Tom West would come, two of Alfie Barbeary – Man of the Match -, another of Jacob Umaga, one of Sam Spink and the last of Zach Kibirige.
BRISTOL BEARS 47–10 NORTHAMPTON SAINTS (Tuesday)
There were seven tries for the winners. Northampton had a slight difference on a James Grayson penalty, but with an eight-minute flurry the Bears scored three tries and there was no turning back. Harry Thacker, Alapati Leiua and Andy Uren made the Saints feel the rigor to leave the quarter 21-3 with the conversions of Callum Sheedy. In the complement, Northampton hinted at a reaction with Josh Gillispie’s try but again another roar from Bristol left him breathless: Chris Vui, Ben Earl, Piers O’Conor and Luke Morahan sentenced the result.