CUBA returns to the URBA Top 12 final after six years

In an epic match, CUBA beat Newman 16-15 and entered a new URBA Top 12 final. The club that finished fourth overall, who in recent seasons fought not to leave the category, returns to the defining match after six years of absence. In 2015 they fell 24-0 to Hindú and in 2021 they will go for glory against SIC.

That last defeat presented the end of four years that marked a triumphant return to the highest category of rugby in Buenos Aires, which includes three finals and a quarter-final in which, paradoxically, they fell to Newman. It was in 2012, the year in which CUBA returned to the then Top 14, in which the Villa de Mayo club failed to beat the team that yesterday left out of the final at the last minute.

That 2012 season was just a preview of what CUBA would be in the next three seasons. The following year, came the qualification before Hindu with whom the club cut a drought of 43 years without glasses. In 2014, the year of consecration in the National Club Tournament, the Villa de Mayo team again saw their faces against the Don Torcuato team. In that final, it was Hindú who won the title by winning 20-19 on the CASI field.

Both teams also played the final for the third consecutive year, this time being in 2015. Once again, the triumphant went to El Elefante, who was more forceful and won 24-0.

This defeat marked the beginning of a drought for CUBA, not only in terms of finals, but also in qualifying for the knockout stages. For the 2017 tournament, the team lost the chance to play in the semifinals after falling just two points behind Hindu. What followed were two much more suffered seasons, in which CUBA managed to avoid relegation by winning the playoffs against Los Tilos and Olive trees in 2018 and 2019 respectively.