The URBA Top 12 starts his eleventh day. This Saturday there will be six crosses that promise good rugby and can be defining. At 1:35 p.m. ALMOST welcomes Hindu in the Cathedral live on Star +. At the same time, from 15.25 San Luis does the same with Newman, also live on Star +. And at 16, in Burzaco live on Star + and ESPN Extra are measured Pucara and Alumni. The other three encounters between SIC-Regattas, Buenos Aires-Belgrano and Los Tilos-CUBA can be followed live by SCRUM +, at 15 by Star +.
ALMOST vs. Hindu (at 1:35 p.m. live on Star +)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: For a long time each CASI and Hindú has been played as a classic, due to the rivalry that arose between both clubs 20 years ago, when Don Torcuato’s team began to grab titles and the Academy to remember its good times. There were many parties that decided titles or classifications for the final instances. Today they are found with very different presents. The Zebras with a team in formation, many ups and downs and a very encouraging fresh antecedent: the 54 points that they scored against Belgrano in Virrey del Pino, with eight tries in the brown’s in-goal. Hindu, on the other hand, arrives with eight victories and only two falls. A record that marks its validity in time, always a protagonist in all tournaments. He arrives in one of the playoff spots if the tournament ends today, after beating St. Louis 39-23.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: The table of positions was divided in two and unfortunately the CASI is in the group of those below. Today they were very far from the top four positions, so the next matches will be key to know if they reach the lift in the second part of the tournament. In Hindu everything goes according to plan. The team goes out to find the matches as it always does, with many points and tries. He is the most effective of the Top 12 and is among the candidates to fight for the crown that the SIC defends.
BACKGROUND: Lots of history and rivalry between the Academy and the Elephant. In 2019 they won one match each and as a visitor. In the Cathedral Hindú thrashed, by 45 to 34 and in Don Torcuato it was just enough for the Zebras, by 30 to 27.
St. Louis vs. Newman (Saturday at 15.25 live on Star +)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: As with other clubs during the pandemic, San Luis was no exception. He suffered an important change in the squad and this is how he lived it in these ten Top 12 dates. He is at the bottom of the table with only one victory in the tournament. He comes from losing in Hindu, by 39 to 23. Newman arrives with a great present, supported by good results and a very homogeneous game. On the last date he won it comfortably against Los Tilos by 46 to 14, but on the aggregate he only confirmed it with a flurry of tries in the last minutes, after finishing 20 to 14 at the start of the second half.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: For the Maristas, as for several Top 12 clubs, this year was important to play again. Putting together the team for what is coming was a priority, since it will be played throughout the season and will have relegation. Everyone at Newman feels that this could be the year. The team is very solid and has arguments to dream of the first Olympic round in its history.
BACKGROUND: Favorable history for the Marists in recent years. In the 2018 and 2019 tournaments, the Catalans won three of the four games played. The only triumph of the Cardinal was in the Summit, by the minimum (13 to 12) in June 2019. The rest were all triumphs of San Luis, by 16 to 7 in the last Top 12 and by 17 to 11 and 42 to 17 in 2018.
Pucara vs. Alumni (at 4pm live on Star + and ESPN Extra)
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: The two clubs did not do well in the last part of the contest. Pucará comes from losing three games in a row, and on the tenth date he was clearly defeated on his visit to CUBA, by 45 to 27. In Alumni they did not manage to be stable in the last matches either, since they only won one match of the last four they played. . They come from falling on their court before the SIC by 28 to 20.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: The lack of consistency is one of the problems that Pucará could not overcome so far in the contest. Just a few moments of good rugby, where consistency became his goal. The appearance of Iñaki Delguy was one of the good news for Burzaco. For Alumni the balance marked their best sections of the tournament, where there were no differences between attacking and defending (they reach the last date with the same goals in favor and against, 219). The misconduct brought many headaches, with 12 yellows that complicated them at key moments. They come sixth and will only improve one place if they manage to win at Burzaco and Belgrano Athletic cannot score points.
BACKGROUND: The duels of recent years are very even. In 2019 they won one match each, Alumni, by 22 to 20 in Tortuguitas and Pucará, by 29 to 17 in Burzaco. In 2018, the year of the rojiblanco title, it was a draw and a triumph for Alumni: 33-33 on their court and 36-27 as a visitor.
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: They face two teams with different paths towards the closing of the first phase of the Top 12. The dominant and leading SIC throughout the tournament, with only one defeat against Newman. Regattas adapting to the tournament with a very young team. The present is the best for those of Bella Vista, since they come from three consecutive victories. On the tenth day, the trenchers beat Alumni as a visitor by 28 to 20, while Regatas beat Biei on their court by 38 to 30.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: Qualifying for the second wheel will be divided into two zones and for now I would not have them in the same place. SIC proved to be the best team in the championship, it arrives with all the tickets to defend the 2019 title. Great task of the team of Chato González Bonorino and Lucas Cilley, with many high performances, both in the pack and in the back line, where Joaquín Lamas stands out as a top scorer in the Top 12. Regattas, for his part, has a game with a good proposal, although he lacked office to close some games. Beating San Luis, CASI and Buenos Aires was a sign of confidence that the team is doing things well.
BACKGROUND: In 2018, with the new format of the Top 12 Regattas, he gave the note in Boulogne, beating the SIC by 26 to 16. From there, the last three meetings were successes for the trenchers. The two games of 2019 were won by 26 to 5 and 33 to 7.
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Buenos Aires closes the first part of the tournament at the bottom of the table with only one win achieved. It was logical the transition time for the Lion after so long without being in the highest category. On the tenth date they lost in Bella Vista by 38 to 30 when facing Regatas. Belgrano arrives fifth and the expectation of what will be his chance to be among the four that qualify for the playoffs. For that, he will have to improve his defense, since he has just lost a very rare game against CASI: 41 to 54 on his court and with no less than eight tries received in his in-goal.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: Biei arrived with a very clear objective after a year and a half without competing: to build the squad for 2022, where there will be declines. They alternated good moments, with some players to follow closely. Belgrano did not start well, but gradually he put in focus to be within range of the best. However, the fall against CASI in Virrey del Pino meant an alert for a team that worshiped its defense and this year it received many points against.
BACKGROUND: Duel of founders who have not faced each other officially in the elite group since 2013. On that occasion Belgrano won by 25 to 16. Biei’s last triumph was registered in 2003, when he won at home by 17 to 13.
HOW DO THEY GET THERE: Los Tilos seems to feel the weight of the tournament and the intensity demanded by the Top 12. It is true that the fixture put them in front of rivals such as Belgrano, Hindú and Newman in consecutive weeks. They lost all three games and fell back to eighth place after falling in tenth place to Newman by 46 to 14. CUBA comes in fourth place and with a very revitalized present time. In their last presentation they were forceful against Pucará, who they beat 45-27 with very good rugby passes and seven tries to their credit.
WHAT DO THEY SEEK: For those from Barrio Obrero, the first stage of the year was very good, with four wins in eight games. This negative streak of three consecutive falls does not mean a downturn, but they are part of the learning to play at the best level of the URBA. In CUBA things are very good. The wins bring peace of mind, in addition to confirming how well they are playing. Enrique Devoto was the note in the victory against Pucará, with a hat-trick that showed that the line and maul are very important weapons in the structure of the University game.
BACKGROUND: The repechage of the year 2018 was the last precedent, when CUBA managed to stay in the Top 12 by a tight 17 to 16. The following year the La Plata team achieved promotion to the Top 12. In Barrio Obrero Los Tilos it has not beaten CUBA since the year 2012, when he did it for 19 to 13.