The 20th date of the English Premiership was played with Argentine participation. Facundo Cordero made his official debut at the Exeter Pointer, and he did it with a try. On the other hand, also in his first minutes with the Gloucester shirt, Matías Alemanno entered the complement and supported a conquest in the fall against Harlequins, which included García Botta as the starter.
GLOUCESTER 15-28 HARLEQUINS (Monday)
At Kingsholm, Harlequins capitalized on three wins from Cadan Murley (15 ‘), Stephan Lewies (33’) and Scott Steele (60 ‘), plus Marcus Smith contributed thirteen points with his foot (two conversions and three penalties). Santiago García Botta was the starter, while Martín Landajo was not summoned. The victory guarantees a place among the top eight in the Premiership for the Quins and, consequently, qualification for the Champions Cup next season. On the other hand, Gloucester discounted thanks to the tries of Jake Polledri (45 ‘) and Matías Alemanno (66’), Danny Cipriani added a penalty and a conversion. After joining the complement, the Argentine made a good impression on his debut with the Gloucester jersey
SARACENS 40-17 EXETER CHIEFS (Sunday)
From the start, at 5 minutes into the first half, Saracens was going to make the first blow through his wing Rotimi Segundo. However, quickly, 7 minutes later, Facundo Cordero’s try came in his official debut with the Exeter shirt! He received in one of the tips and, appealing to his characteristic speed, he went straight to the rival ingoal. On the other hand, the young man who emerged in Regatas de Bella Vista was also very firm in defense, also standing out with an offensive tackle. As for the locals, Juan Pablo Socino entered in the first half and sent one of his own: he threw a perfect offload for one of his team’s tries, Morris’s. From there, the Londoners knew how to handle the strings of the match and gave their rival the knockout blow. 3 conquests in 20 minutes ended sentences in history in their favor.
LONDON IRISH 25-40 WORCESTER WARRIORS (Sunday)
After having had a very promising start with a try by Ben Loader after 4 minutes of play, London Irish could not, for a long time, find again the paths that would lead them towards the rival ingoal. Quite the opposite happened to Worcester, who in the second half supported 5 conquests! through Francois Hougaard (42 ‘), Melani Nanai (48’), Ollie Lawrence (58 ‘and 69’) and Tom Howe (80 ‘). On the other hand, it should be noted that Agustín Creevy, the starter at the premises, suffered a blow to the head at the beginning of the complement and had to leave the field of play. It is true that London Irish was going to react. But he was going to do it too late: the distance on the scoreboard was already unattainable. The tries of Albert Tuisue (62 ‘), Ben Meehan (73’) and Tom Homer (79 ‘) only decorated the result.
SALE SHARKS 22-37 BATH (Sunday)
It was, in itself, a key clash considering the great definition of the English Premiership. The second in the standings faced the third. Bath, who had just won a great game against Worcester on the previous date, reaffirmed the great level he had shown and, thanks to the tries of Ruaridh McConnochie, Ben Spencer (double) and Jonathan Joseph, added to the aim of Rhys Priestland to the time to kick the sticks, he achieved a vital victory against one of the tournament’s powers, and as a visitor. On the home side, the victories were contributed by Rohan Janse van Rensburg (4 ‘), Jean-Luc du Preez (52’), and Daniel du Preez (72 ‘).
LEICESTER TIGERS 28-24 NORTHAMPTON SAINTS (Sunday)
It is curious that the winning team supported only one try, while the losing team three. Once again, it was Northampton’s indiscipline that allowed Leicester, who scored only one conquest (Ben Youngs), to win a very fought. 18 of the 28 goals of the local team, which had Tomás Lavanini from the start), were scored by Zack Henry and Freddie Steward through penalties to the sticks. Thus, the penalty try and the conquests of Paul Hill and Henry Taylor were not going to be enough for the visitors.
WASPS 59-35 BRISTOL BEARS (Sunday)
The local team dominated the actions of the match from start to finish. So much so that 50 seconds into the game he was already winning 5-0: Willis woke up the entire Bristol defense early. And at no time did he take his foot off the gas. Four other conquests in the first half (Josh Bassett, Tom Cruse, Will Rowlands, Zach Kibirige) were going to, in some way, sentence history. The Bears’ reaction through Max Malins and Peter McCabe was too late to reverse which resulted in a spectacular win.