Weekend Rugby Wrap Up: Aviva, The Rugby Championship, Pro 12, ITM, Currie

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Absa U/19: The Sharks v LeopardsLONDON, ENGLAND – This weekend saw two Rugby Championship matches being played, a London Derby, plus much more in the leagues.  So have a look for loads of news, so let’s get into the Weekend Rugby Wrap Up.

The Rugby Championship: The first game of the weekend saw South Africa take on Australia.  With a 23-3 first half favouring the Springboks, it was clear that they were the dominant team.  South Africa would score one more in the second half, with Australia scoring almost on the death to minimize the margin.  The only minor issue will be for the Boks. They did not take a bonus point from the match, which could prove the killer in next week’s decider between the Springboks and the NZ.

allblacks_pumasMeanwhile on the other side of the globe, we saw New Zealand head to Argentina.  The first half was very well-contested, with Los Pumas leading for much of it.  The Argies scrum also was extremely dominant, back to the old scrumming that people love from the Argentinians.  Halftime saw the All Blacks with a slight lead, 9-11 at the half.  The second half saw the All Blacks play some great running rugby.  They ran in three further tries to secure the bonus point.

South Africa 28-8 Australia
Argentina 15-33 New Zealand

Aviva Premeirship: Friday night saw the Northampton Saints show form against Sale Sharks…  Bath battered London Irish and Wasps secured their first win over Worcester.  In the London Derby, Sarries managed a win away at Quins…  Leister won away at Exeter and new-comers New Castle picked up a bonus point loss against Gloucester.
Here are the results:
Northampton 33-14 Sale 
Bath 33-18 London Irish
Wasps 32-16 Worcester
Exeter 30 – 26 Wasps
Harlequins 12-22 Saracens    
Exeter 9-21 Leicester
New Castle 16-22 Gloucester.

Rabodirect Pro 12: Ulster showed great defence beating Treviso…  Zebre picked up a losing bonus point against top-of-the-table Glasgow…  Leinster beat Cardiff in a game that saw Cardiff always chasing, while Scarlets routed Edinburgh…  In a 69-point slaughter, Ospreys beat Connacht…  Munster stepped past Newport, as well.
Here are the results:
Ulster 32-13 Benetton Treviso
Zebre 17-24 Glasgow Warriors
Leinster 34-20 Cardiff
Edinburgh 9-22 Scarlets
Connacht 26-43 Ospreys
Munster 23-9 Newport Gwent

Currie CupThe Currie Cup: The weekend saw two close games and a blow out. The Cheetahs vs Western Province game was a tense contest that the Cheetahs narrowly won. Speaking of narrow victories, the Sharks  defeated Golden Lions by one score and Blue Bulls put Griquas to the sword.

Here are the results:
Cheetahs 29-27 Western Province
Golden Lions24 – 25 Sharks
Blue Bulls 52-10 Griquas

The ITM Cup: Wellington routed Manawatu in the opening game of the week. As well as this routing, there was one other cricket-like score.  Indeed, throughout the weekend all but one match was within a seven point margin.  The scores saw Auckland stay top of the table, with a top of the table clash to come next week.

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 12.51.46 AMHere are the results:
Canterbury 72-7 Manawatu
Northland 13-28 Tasman
13 Waikato 14-19 Wellington
Otago 32-38 Southland 
Manawatu 12-6 Taranaki
Auckland 39-19 Canterbury Sun 
Hawke’s Bay 55-10 North Harbour
Bay of Plenty 30 – 31 Counties Manukau

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And until the next time… stay low and keep pumping those legs.

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Cody Kuxmann is a Referee at London Society Of Rugby Football Union deciple... When not sending innocents to the Sin Bin, The American International University in London grad splits time between England and... Green Bay, WI! And like all referees, is Blind, Deaf and Dumb.