In tournaments that so far are extremely even, First A, B, C, Second, Third and Development will contest their respective ninth dates next Saturday. The visiting public returns to the clubs at URBA.
What’s more, from 4pm, you can enjoy Star + and ESPN Extra the match between Deportiva Francesa and Banco Nación.
La Plata vs. Mariano Moreno
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: The teams are accommodated in the category while there are still two undefeated in the tournament, Atlético del Rosario and Champagnat. La Plata and Moreno arrive a step behind, with very good performances and the goal of being among the four semifinalists. The canaries arrive with a very young squad but asserting themselves with the passing of the dates. They come from winning at Banco Nación 27 to 19 in what was their third consecutive success. Mariano Moreno does not lose track of them, and added his fourth celebration in a chain on Saturday at La Reja, by 39 to 10 over Pueyrredón.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: They play a lot in Gonnet so as not to detach themselves from the teams that march in the first places. Both canaries and librarians suffered two defeats in the year, and those were against the same rivals, Atlético del Rosario and Champagnat. In La Plata they will try to stay in the lot of candidates, with the local eight from the leader and five from his escort and Moreno who is fifth, eleven points behind the pointer from Rosario.
BACKGROUND: They did not share the same categories for a long time. In 1996 they played in First for the restructuring of the tournaments, in 2003 they faced each other in Relocation of Group I and only in 2013 they were measured by Group I, with all La Plata successes. In Primera A they faced each other in 2018, with Canarian successes, by 29 to 3 and 14 to 10.
They complete: Pueyrredón vs. Curupaytí, Atlético del Rosario vs. Lomas Athletic, San Patricio vs. Champagnat, Los Matreros vs. San Carlos, San Albano vs. Olive trees, and French Sports vs. Banco Nación (Live from 4pm on Star + and ESPN Extra).
Manuel Belgrano vs. San Cirano
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Another week of great clashes in the Primera B, with two of the clubs that animate the tournament facing each other for the first places. For Manuel Belgrano it will be another date of great challenges. On Saturday they lost in San Martín by 23 to 17 and dropped one place in the general positions and this week they will play against the only leader and undefeated in the division. San Cirano won all eight games he played and shows no cracks. It comes from thrashing Daom 49 to 19, although it cost them much more than that score, which seems to have been a simple victory. They have an effectiveness to stand out, since they are close to averaging 40 points per game.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: History has already found them playing in the First Division and today marks that they are fighting to return their clubs to a higher division. Today the objective for the two is called First A, a category for which they are fighting since the restructuring, which led them in 2017 to integrate the third level of URBA.
BACKGROUND: The crosses of 2018 and 2019 were very even, with one win per year for each. In 2019 it was 26 to 24 for San Cirano and 33 to 27 for Manuel Belgrano; In 2018, it was by the minimum, 15 to 14, for the locals in Villa Celina and by 43 to 40 for the Catalans in Maschwitz.
They complete: San Fernando vs. City of Bs.As., Liceo Naval vs. San Martín, Daom vs. Delta RC, SITAS vs. Hurling, Don Bosco vs. San Andrés, and University of La Plata vs. Gymnastics and Fencing.
CU Quilmes vs. Vincentians
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Eight games played and eight won with more than 300 goals for each club. Specific data that shows the great tournament that the only two undefeated in the category are doing, with a difference of only one point for Vicentinos, the lone leader who has an extra offensive bonus. CUQ visited Bajo Flores to get a huge victory from the Club Italiano court by 22 to 21. On the other hand, for Vicentinos everything was easier and they maintained their overwhelming pace by beating El Retiro by 73 to 5.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: They arrive with a winning streak and dominant in the category. Vicentinos is the great revelation of the tournament and also with a very good game shown week by week it consolidates. For CUQ the plus will be in playing on their court, where except for the Military High School, all the rivals suffered their forcefulness.
BACKGROUND: For the first time they will face off officially in the Superior division. They never met in the same category since Vicentinos joined the URBA tournaments.
They complete: The Retreat vs. Lanús RC, Monte Grande vs. CASA de Padua, Luján RC vs. Virreyes, Areco RC. vs. Naval Center, Old Georgian vs. Liceo Militar, and Atlético y Progreso de Brandsen vs. Italian Club.
Los Cedros vs. St. Brendan’s
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Great campaign of Saint Brendan ‘s Rugby that comes from achieving its seventh consecutive victory. After falling in the debut against CAR by 35 to 31, the team led by Ignacio Urbieta did not stop winning. On Saturday he was a try-making machine, he supported no less than twelve, and beat GEI 80 to 7. Los Cedros is well behind, 17 points behind their rival. The tricolor comes from losing to Del Sur Rugby in a very even game that narrowly escaped by 19 to 17 and was seventh, quite far from the playoff positions and everything will be played in this clash.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: The reality marks that they arrive in very different situations. The locals without being able to consolidate in the tournament, with only three wins so far this year, very little for a club with close antecedents in major divisions. St. Brendan’s returned to the sources, is host of the tournament and is aiming to move up.
BACKGROUND: They have not faced each other since 2018, when they did it for the First C contest. In Los Cedros the locals won by 40 to 17 and in the rematch the victory was Pilar’s team by 28 to 14.
They complete: San Miguel RHC vs. Mercedes RC, Albatros vs. Del Sur Rugby, GE Ituzaingó vs. Argentino de Rugby, Atlético Chascomús vs. Tigre RC, Las Cañas RC vs. San Marcos, and La Salle v. Federal Shot of San Pedro.
Mortgage Bank vs. Varela Jr.
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: They are in the top five in the division, only six points apart. Very important game for Banco Hipotecario, key to not losing track of its rival. Last Saturday the blue and yellow ones traveled to González Catán and beat Beromama by 27 to 18. On the other hand, Varela unexpectedly lost the lead and was now separated by only three points from Porteño, the only leader. The Greens fell at home to Ciudad de Campana 26-20, a team that also surprised Los Molinos very recently.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: They are no longer undefeated in the Third Division, in a tournament that is very even and competitive. There are six teams fighting for four places, and among them are Banco Hipotecario and Varela.
BACKGROUND: In 2018 they were in Second and played on both wheels, with victories for the greens by 45 to 7 and 34 to 15. The last victory of the banking at home dates from 2013 by 35 to 22.
They complete: City of Campana vs. San José, Arsenal Náutico de Zárate vs. Baradero Federal Shot, Ezeiza vs. Los Molinos, Vicente López vs. Porteño, and Los Pinos vs. Beromama.
Glew Defenders vs. Floresta RC
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Of the clubs fighting for the top spots, Glew’s Defenders is the only one that has not yet been released. On Saturday he suffered the third defeat in the tournament during his visit to the Sociedad Hebraica court by 38 to 26. Floresta had to rest last weekend and with the date off he left the tip of the Development tournament in the hands of Strong soul. The albos are very focused on their mental strengths as a result of their great campaign. They do not lose from the second date and go for the only promotion.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: Glew hasn’t had a tournament as positive as this in a long time. He is among the animators of the category and with the goal set in qualifying for the playoffs. Floresta worked hard for this present, with a new property and a very competitive team. The quest for promotion would be a dream for the team led by Realli and De Cillis Morea.
BACKGROUND: Floresta had to wait eight years to beat Glew’s Defenders for the first time: it was in 2017 by 18 to 7. On his court, Defensores has not beaten him since 2015 by 40 to 17.
They complete: Berisso RC vs. Rivadavia de Lobos, Marcos Paz vs. Almafuerte, Atlético San Andrés vs. Sanitary Works, and PAC Gral. Rodríguez v. Hebrew Society. Free: Municipality of Berazategui.