On Friday the new season of the Premiership with the duel between Harlequins -with Santiago García Botta as the starter– against the defending champion, Exeter, who had Facundo Cordero as fullback from the start. Later, Sale Sharks managed to beat Northampton 32-23 at home.
On Saturday, the action continued with Newcastle’s triumphs over Bath, Leicester (it featured the debut of Joaquín Díaz Bonilla) over Gloucester and Worcester over London Irish.
On the other hand, it should be noted that the date will be completed on Sunday with a duel that will face two of the best teams in the tournament: Wasps and Bristol Bears. This game can be enjoyed live, from 10 in the morning, on ESPN Play.
WORCESTER 11-10 LONDON IRISH (Saturday)
A flat first half, in which there was only one penalty exchange between Billy Searle and Paddy Jackson. What’s more: that was the only thing that happened during the first 40 minutes, which is why they went 3-3 at halftime. The emotions, although they were not many, would only arrive in the complement. First, at 60 ‘, Australian scrum half Nick Phipps’ try for London Irish. And then, exactly 4 minutes later, Tom Howe would support the only try of the local team. It should be noted that Argentine hooker Agustín Creevy entered at 54 ‘and played until the end of the match. Anyway, the only difference that was later reflected in the result was that Jackson converted his team’s try, and Searle did not.
LEICESTER 38-15 GLOUCESTER (Saturday)
From start to finish, Leicester dominated the actions of the game. So much so that when 23 minutes of the match had just been played, they had already scored three tries: Kobus Van Wyk at 7 ‘, Tom Youngs at 11’ and Richard Wigglesworth (in his official debut) 12 ‘later. The answer to the visit would only arrive at 36 ‘in the hands of Jamos Hanson. With an unattainable difference in favor of the host team, the duel naturally lost intensity. After Joe Simpson’s try for Gloucester, Charlie Clare only put definitive figures on the game when he violated the rival ingoal at 75 ‘. It should be noted that it was the Argentine Joaquín Díaz Bonilla made his official debut with the Tigers jersey and contributed a conversion, while Facundo Gigena had to leave the playing field as a result of a strong blow to his head.
BATH 12-19 NEWCASTLE (Saturday)
It was a stick-to-stick match. Blow for blow. In which the first to hurt the rival, at 9 minutes of play, was the powerful visiting team, through a try by Joe Cokanasiga. However, the cast that once finished the Three Nations will have the Argentine center Matías Orlando, did not delay in reacting. And not only that. But, on the close of that much-fought first half, it billed twice in just 15 minutes. The author of both conquests? Gary Graham, as if to lead his team 12-7 at the break. In addition, one try per side: Josh Matavesi for Bath at 45 ‘, and Ben Stevenson for Newcastle at 51’.
HARLEQUINS 3-33 EXETER (Friday)
Facundo Cordero played a great first half, with at least three quality interventions, one of them starting from the back of the court and leaving several men on the road. Exeter’s first try came after a prepared play from the line, which Simmonds culminated with a diagonal at sheer speed. The ex-Belgrano pillar was substituted before the quarter hour of the complement, while the fullback formed in Regatas was replaced at minute 52. Exeter’s second try came after a line and sweeping maul, in the hands of Dave Ewers. And from there, a monologue from the defending champion. Simmonds managed to violate the rival ingoal on two other occasions, thus rounding out a hatt-trick, while the icing on the cake was starred by Stuart Townsend, putting the bow to a great collective play by his team.
SALE SHARKS 32-23 NORTHAMPTON (Friday)
The local team was the clear dominator of the actions throughout the entire match. So much so that thanks to the tries of Akker Van der Merwe at 5 minutes of play and Dan du Preez at 18 ‘, he went into the break with a 17-7 lead. That, despite the fact that a few minutes later, the visiting team would violate the rival through Tom Collins. During the supplement, the process would continue in the same way. What’s more, just like in the first half, Sale was going to score two more conquests, while Northampton, one. Simon Hammersley and AJ MacGinty for the former, and Piers Francis for the latter.