In a duel from classified to the semifinals, Sale Sharks proved to be a notch above Harlequins and beat him 45-12. In the losing cast were as starters, Santiago García Botta and Martín Landajo, author of a try, for the second consecutive weekend.
On the other hand, on Saturday the action continued with the match between Leicester Tigers, with Moroni, Montoya and Lavanini, and Bristol, with Tetaz Chaparro. What’s more, London Irish (Creevy starter and Gigena stand-in) fell before Wasps, while Newcastle, that had Orlando, did the same before Worcester.
LEICESTER TIGERS 23-26 BRISTOL BEARS (Saturday)
In an entertaining match, Bristol imposed its hierarchy and beat Leicester Tigers 26-23. The loser was from the start, Matías Moroni, while Julián Montoya (a try) and Tomás Lavanini, entered the complement. For his part, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro played the second half for the Bears. The premiership leader based his triumph on a good combined game between forwards and backs, but also on the good performance of his individualities, mainly from Sami Radradra, author of two tries and generator of infinite opportunities for his teammates. In Leicester, the return of Julián Montoya, who had not played since February 27, was important. In turn, the game against the Bears marked the departure of Welford Road for Tomás Lavanini, who will continue his career at Clermont.
LONDON IRISH 33-36 WASPS (Saturday)
In a tight classic, Wasps had the last word and defeated London Irish 36-33. Agustín Creevy, from the start, and Facundo Gigena, in the middle of the complement, played for the homeowner. It was a match with alternate dominance of the actions that they played at the Communitty Stadium. The first half was all for the Argentine cast, who went to halftime 33-10 up, thanks to the tries of Curtis Rona and Albert Tuisue, twice each, and Hassell Collins. However, in the complement, Wasps took the helm of the match and, with a great performance from the experienced Tom Willis (author of three tries), they ended up giving the surprise on the last play to win the victory in the London derby.
NEWCASTLE 24-14 WORCESTER (Saturday)
Newcastle beat Worcester 24-14 and escaped from the bottom of the table. Matías Orlando played for the Falcons, but had to leave the court before the end of the first half due to injury. The game had a clear dominator in Newcastle, who imposed conditions and made a difference from the start. The 17-0 with which they went to rest (tries by Radwan -2- and McGuigan), in favor of those from Kingston Park, was a clear reflection of the participation of one team and another. In the second half, Newcastle continued to violate its rival and stretched advantages with a new conquest through Sean Robinson, in the 55th minute. However, from there, the Warriors woke up from their lethargy and with two touchdowns, from Shillcock and Hill, they ended up decorating a score that was never at risk for the locals.
SALE 45-12 HARLEQUINS (Friday)
There was no parity at AJ Bell Stadium, where the Sharks usually play at home. Although the game started evenly, and with Harlequins hitting first thanks to Landajo’s try, after three minutes of play, the dominance of the actions was always on Sale’s side. The quick response to the Argentine’s try was immediate and came through the South African hooker, Aker Van der Merwe, who took advantage of a good play of his opening, AJ MacGinty, to leave the score even. Sharks was always superior to a rival who kept several players thinking about the semifinals. The tries of Yarde, McGuigan, Neild, Van Resburg, Rodd and Jean Luc Du Preez, shaped a victory that was too loose for a match that, beyond context, brought together two of the best teams in the Premiership.