Weekend Wrap-up: Aviva Premiership, Top 14, RaboDirect Pro 12 and Super 15

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NEW YORK, NY – Another busy rugby weekend is in the books. There was action all over Europe and add to that the Super 15 kicked off this weekend to so there are games to report from the Southern Hemisphere. With that much to report we will dive straight into the action.

Aviva Premiership: Bath continued their incredible hot streak by dismantling the London Irish. Saracens continued to prove how deep and incredibly strong they are by throughly defeating Exeter. Northampton managed to outlast Worcester in a tough match. Harlequins took Leicester on in a top of the table clash and were victorious. Wasps secured a top 4 place with a big win over Gloucester. Sale managed to scrape by against the London Welsh to actually make it tight at the bottom of table and possibly escape the drop. It has now become a 3 team race to avoid relegation between Sale, London Welsh and London Irish. Here are the results:
Bath 40 – 16 London Irish
Saracens 31 – 11 Exeter
Worcester 18 – 27 Northampton
Harlequins 25 – 21 Leicester
Wasps 33 – 29 Gloucester
London Welsh 25 – 26 Sale

Sergio Parisse sees red
Sergio Parisse sees red

Top 14: The story of the weekend in French rugby was Italy and Stade Francias captain Sergio Parisse being shown a red card for dissent. This incident is screaming for Pyk O’Kallapfer and Codie Kuxmann to comment. Stade Francias managed to win against Bodeaux-Begles without Parisse. Perpignan beat Toulouse by the slimmest of margins. Montepellier were the unfortunate victims to Toulon‘s backlash follwoing Toulon’s horrid performance last week. Racing Metro Paris beat Bayonne by 1 try. Bayonne could have used another try from Joe Rokokoco, who scored his first try for them in two years. Grenoble easily dispatched Agen, while Clermont gave Mont de Marsan a beatdown of epic proportions. Biarritz showed some good form in defeating Castres. Here are the results:

Toulouse 18 – 19 Perpignan
Toulon 51 – 6 Montpellier
Racing Metro Paris 15 – 10 Bayonne
Grenoble 27 – 13 Agen
Clermont Auvergne 56 – 3 Mont de Marsan
Stade Francais 30 – 14 Bordeaux-Begles
Biarritz 15 – 9 Castres

RaboDirect Pro 12: In the Pro 12, there were a couple of lopsided results, even contests and one nail-biter. Glasgow throughly demolished the Dragons and Leinster did likewise to Treviso. Ulster also squashed Zebre. Connacht defeated the Ospreys in a lively match and Scarlets dispatched Munster. In a nip and tuck affair Cardiff edged out Edinburgh. Here are the results:
Newport Gwent Dragons 3 – 60 Glasgow
Ulster 26 – 3 Zebre
Edinburgh 16 – 17 Cardiff Blues
Connacht 22 – 10 Ospreys
Leinster 40 – 5 Benetton Treviso
Scarlets 18 – 10 Munster

Super Rugby: Super Rugby kicked off this weekend with two All-Australian derbies. The Aussie sides are starting their season earlier to accomodate the upcoming British and Irish Lions  tour  that occurs mid-season. In the two matches, the Melbourne Rebels started their campaign with a hard fought victory over the Western Force. It was a battle of Australian two most recent franchises. the Rebels proved how far they had come in a short amount of time. The Force weren’t helped by their two yellow cards and missed kicks. In a battle of two of the oldest franchises the Brumbies took down the Reds. This is a warning shot from the Brumbies as they aim to overtake the Reds as the best side in the Australian Conference.

Melbourne Rebels 30 – 23 Western Force
Brumbies 24 – 6 Reds

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Born in Osu, Accra, Ghana, West Africa, Junoir Blaber is a rare commodity; while most Ghanians eat, sleep and dream Soccer (football), Junoir is all about Rugby. A self-proclaimed Rugbyologist, he has been involved in Rugby as a ref, coach, administrator and player since Columbus discovered Ohio. His useful/trivial rugby knowledge qualify Blaber as RWU's Senior Correspondent & known in rugby circles as The Rugby Rain Man. He can also be found moonlighting for our American partners at MeetTheMatts.com.