The URBA Top 12 continues his march after a break last weekend. This Saturday the date 3 of the URBA Top 12 Y Hindu and Belgrano Athletic It can be seen from the 13.30 live by ESPN Extra, same signal will be Newman’s against Regatas from 15.30. Secondly, SIC-Los Tilos, Pucará-San Luis, Alumni-CASI and CUBA-BACRC at 15.30, they can be seen live by Scrum.com.
Hindu vs. Belgrano Athletic (Saturday at 1:30 p.m. live on ESPN Extra)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: It is the match of the date between two contenders for the title, beyond the return to rugby, after so long without playing for points. Hindú is the only one who achieved the two wins with bonus, against Buenos Aires and Regatas; and with 91 points he was the most effective of the start. On the other hand, Belgrano also beat Regatas in the debut, and on the second date he ran into the SIC, the rival with whom he played the 2019 final. He lost the match by 29 to 19, but left a good image, especially when it was one try away and he was very close to matching it.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: A special match is always played between Hindú and Belgrano, especially from the decisive matches that began to play since 2014, either by URBA or by Nacional de Clubes. The fight in the formations, the dispute of the rucks and the execution of the offenses on the defenses, will be the keys to a clash between candidates.
BACKGROUND: 2019 was the year of Belgrano in this history, since he surpassed Hindú in all three matches. By qualifying phase, 31 to 5 and 39 to 24 and in the semifinals by 25 to 20. In Don Torcuato, the Elephant has not been able to overcome the brown for six years, the last victory on his court was in 2015 by 29 to 28.
Newman vs. Regattas BV (Saturday at 3.30pm live on ESPN Extra)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Newman’s start in the Top 12 with clear victories against CASI and Buenos Aires was all positive. The team had good circulation and a lot of precision to execute a game that takes risks. They look very solid in all aspects. While for Regatas the start of the season did not have good numerical results so far. There is a lot of youth on a campus that needs more filming at this level. He had to face Belgrano and Hindú, two very consolidated teams and he could not overcome them.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: For the Cardinal the great objectives will come with the development of the tournament. If they play well so far the results are, obviously their greatest desire is to obtain their first title. On the other hand, Regatas is in a phase of change, and this is evident in the great renovation of its squad, which shows many new faces. It will be a good test that they will have in Benavídez.
BACKGROUND: In 2019, the two games were for Cardenal, 16-13 at Bella Vista and the 64-8 win at Benavídez. The last success of the Bella Vista as a visitor was in 2017 by 24 to 18.
SIC vs. Los Tilos (Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Scrum.com live)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: The SIC started well with two wins in a row. He comes from beating Belgrano Athletic by 29 to 19, after a great start with three tries. Then the last runner-up reacted who was within range (19-26) but did not reach him. On the other hand, Los Tilos got their first victory since returning to the top flight. It was 32 to 26 over Pucará with a very good 40 opening minutes (they won 25-5).
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: SIC is the last champion and started with very good performances, especially because of the dynamics they gave to the game. While, Los Tilos was a tough rival in the debut against Alumni, despite the defeat, and was uncovered in Barrio Obrero, where he took the score in his favor without suffering risks.
BACKGROUND: They play again after five years. The last crashes were in 2016, with a 39 to 7 and a 9 to 5 for the SIC. Los Tilos have not surpassed the zanjeros since 2004 when they beat them 35-29.
Pucara vs. saint Louis (Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Scrum.com live)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: The Cuta Jorge team did not start with good results in this tournament, after falling to the SIC in the debut, they also could not against Los Tilos in Barrio Obrero (32 to 26). He returns to Burzaco after the pandemic and that will be the incentive to try to win for the first time this year. On the other hand, San Luis also lost the two games he played, the last one very tight against Alumni and with a try at the end, which left him down by the minimum (24-23).
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: They are going for the first joy in the tournament with two teams that underwent a major renovation. Pucará lost in the SIC with a better first half and against Los Tilos he stood out more in the second. While San Luis fell clearly in the premiere against CUBA and against Alumni he escaped in the last play.
BACKGROUND: Pucará has four consecutive wins over San Luis, as they won the roundtrip matches in 2018 and 2019. The Maristas won the last one in Burzaco in 2017, 23-22.
Alumni vs. ALMOST (Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Scrum.com live)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: The team of the Van der Ghote-Neyra duo started well, with two wins without a bonus against the La Plata clubs: in the debut against Los Tilos and on the second date, at La Cumbre, by the minimum against San Luis. On the other hand, CASI lost in the premiere against Newman and against CUBA he could not play, due to the Covid cases and close contact in his squad. Finally the match was lost 8-0.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: It is an important game to know at what level both formations are. In Alumni to try to confirm how good they did in their first two presentations; while for CASI, focusing again on the tournament after two weeks without playing will be the key.
BACKGROUND: Balanced in the last two tournaments, where they were won once each. In 2019, Alumni celebrated in Tortuguitas, for 27 to 9, and the CASI in the Cathedral, for 45 to 24. The last one to win both in the same season was Alumni, in 2017.
CUBA vs. BACRC (Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Scrum.com live)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: The presentation of CUBA at the beginning of the tournament against San Luis was very positive. The 32-12 victory left a good feeling, especially when the team had to run with the ball. The points against CASI positioned them at the top, among the five clubs that won the two matches. On the other hand, Biei started with two strong rivals, Hindu and Newman, who showed him what it is to play in the Top 12. In both falls they left some good moments of play, especially when they could have quality of obtaining.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: CUBA stood out in the debut against San Luis for how it resolved some offensive situations with recovered balls. Good skills and precision to convert five tries on his return to the competition. While in Buenos Aires the adaptation to this level will take a while, as well as the work of a squad that at times showed that they can play as equals.
BACKGROUND: They meet again after eight years, since they have not faced each other since 2013, when CUBA won by 48 to 15. Biei’s last triumph was in 2005 by 29 to 23.