The URBA Top 12 starts its eighth day. This Saturday will be televised at 13.30 live on Star + the clash between Hindu and Pucara in Don Torcuato and, at the end, from 15.40, Newman receives Alumni in Benavidez and CUBA in Villa de Mayo to SIC. Secondly, Belgrano-Los Tilos, Regatas-San Luis and BACRC-CASI, at 15.30, they can be seen live by Scrum.com.
Hindu vs. Pucará (Saturday at 1.30pm live on Star +)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: The Elephant never resigns. He is always in the fight, beyond some irregular performance. After losing to the SIC and Newman quickly returned to his axis: on consecutive dates he surpassed CUBA and Alumni. In Tortuguitas he did it with determination, 28-13 with four tries in favor and two against. Pucará could not sustain the good streak of recent dates, with four games in a row without losing. In Burzaco they beat Belgrano 8-0 in the first half and ended up losing it 21-8.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: There are few dates left to finish the first round, where Hindú always remained among the top four or five places. They have a large and competitive roster, so the objective of fighting for the title remains as always present. Pucara is in a transitional stage, with some good moments per game, but without the consistency to maintain it during the 80 minutes. There will be his challenge in his visit on Saturday to Don Torcuato.
BACKGROUND: 2019 was a very positive year for Pucará in the clashes against Hindú: he tied him in Don Torcuato in 21 goals and beat him in Burzaco by 27 to 21. In the history there is a wide advantage for the Elephant, with 20 wins since 1996 To the date.
Newman vs. Alumni (Saturday at 3:40 p.m. live on Star +)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: The team led by Alfredo Cordone continues to pass tests. This time they won a key match against CUBA, an opponent with whom they played many decisive matches in recent times. And the last Saturday was no exception, because the score was changing until the last conversion of Florencio Llerena, who decreed 25 to 23 for the board. Alumni lost undefeated on the sixth date to his classic rival, Belgrano. And fifteen days later he had to receive Hindu, with what that implies. Except for Provenzano’s try, which scored the 5 to 3 set at the start of the afternoon, the process of the match was all the time uphill and they ended up losing by 28 to 13.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: The Newman thing is serious business. Without Scooby Gutiérrez Taboada, nor the Canarian Gosio, Florencio Llerena and Jerónimo Ulloa appeared, who in his debut supported two excellent tries for the bordó. A lot of freshness in the replacement and an attitude to seek the matches is what led them to this great present with the tip included. On the side of those from Tortuguitas, it was known that they had to rearm after the pandemic. The results were good at the start, but in the last two rounds they did not reach them against more demanding rivals.
BACKGROUND: They alternated triumphs and defeats in the last two years, since Newman prevailed in the two matches of 2019 and Alumni in those of 2018. In Benavídez, the last match was for the board by 20 to 12.
CUBA vs. SIC (Saturday at 3:40 p.m. live on Star +)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: After losing the second match in the tournament in the duel against Newman, by 25 to 23, CUBA comes up with the SIC, one of the leaders of the Top 12 along with the cast of Benavídez. The Villa de Mayo team has had a good tournament so far and aspires to continue on the same path. The last Top 12 champions arrive with very high morale after winning the classic with a notable superiority over CASI, by 41 to 15. The first half of the trenchers was devastating: they were winning by 34 to 8 and it seemed that the game would end in a landslide, a result that finally did not happen; because the second half ended tied in seven goals. SIC scored five tries in forty minutes, the first three for their captain, Tomás Meyrelles. Joaquín Lamas, the tournament’s top scorer, also played a great game and scored 16 goals.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: CUBA continues in the qualifying positions, although the defeats against Hindú and Newman brought it down from the top. They face the rival with whom they shared the top of the Top 12 until the fifth date. SIC is very good, he is one of the best players to date with great solidity in all his lines. Against CASI he was forceful from the start, then he regulated with the score almost assured.
BACKGROUND: SIC has five consecutive wins over CUBA, which has not beaten the trenchers since 2017 (it was 34 to 17 in Villa de Mayo). In 2019 those of San Isidro prevailed by 39 to 20 and 32 to 19.
Belgrano vs. Los Tilos (Saturday at 3.30pm live Scrum.com)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: It seems that Belgrano liked the victory against Alumni, his classic rival. Because after that success it was necessary to confirm the triumph in his visit to Burzaco, and he did so with a good second half against Pucará, which he beat by 21 to 8. Los Tilos received Regatas, with the return of his prodigal son, Joaco Tuculet. They did not play well the first half, but in the second they won it well by 28-21, with tries from their cousins, Mateo, Manuel and Joaquín.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: The two share the middle of the table with 17 points, four wins and three falls. If they want to take the leap and fight for any of the four positions above, a victory would leave them better positioned, although they will not be enough to qualify with what they have done so far.
BACKGROUND: After five years they return to play in Virrey del Pino, where Los Tilos won for the last time in 2005 by 21 to 19. Since that date they have already played eight times and in all of them there was a celebration of the brown.
Regattas vs. saint Louis (Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on Scrum.com live)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Those of Bella Vista continue without winning in the tournament and have accumulated the seventh consecutive fall in the contest. They went to rest 18 to 5 up in Barrio Obrero, but finally lost it by 28 to 21 against Los Tilos. San Luis, the other club from La Plata, suffered a similar situation at La Cumbre. They won the first half by 17 to 7 and lost it in the complement against Buenos Aires by 22 to 17.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: For Regatas it is a good opportunity to seek the first success of the season. Being a little more balanced between attack and defense is the objective to improve in the next games, since they are the ones that received the most goals in the Top 12. San Luis suffered its fifth defeat and again it was by little margin. Seeking more regularity and knowing how to close the games is what they will try to modify during their visit to Bella Vista.
BACKGROUND: They are won by seasons, since the two clubs dominated the roundtrip matches of the last ones. Regattas prevailed in the two crashes of 2017 and 2019, while San Luis won those of 2015, 2018 and the only one in 2016.
ALMOST vs. Buenos Aires (Saturday at 3.30 pm on Scrum.com live)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Finally, Biei was given, who achieved his first victory in San Luis since returning to the Top 12. With a good recovery in the second stage (15-0 partial) he turned the score and took a celebrated victory for La Plata by 22 to 17. The Academy could not before its classic rival, who clearly surpassed it. The loss by 41 to 15 could be greater, since the trenchers went to rest by 34 to 8. It was the sixth fall of the ALMOST in the Top 12.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: They arrive the same, with only one victory each in the contest although with one point more for CASI, which added a defensive bonus more than León. The two had different expectations before starting the tournament, although reality places them on a parity plane. The search will be focused on taking off from the bottom of the table and adjusting their game systems.
BACKGROUND: The historic stands of La Catedral witnessed the last clash between Biei and CASI in 2016 by 35 to 10 for the Academy. El León has not won at home since 2012, when he won by the minimum: 24 to 23.