URBA Top 12 Copa Star+: Thrills and Spills in Round 20
Overview of the Matches
The 20th round of the URBA Top 12 Copa Star+ rugby calendar saw a series of intense matches that demonstrated the competitiveness and skill present in the tournament. One of the standout games was the clash between Hindú and Newman in Benavídez, where Hindú emerged victorious with a 34-18 win, leaving them tantalizingly close to the top spot, just one point shy. CUBA also secured a notable win, defeating Belgrano 23-15 in Villa de Mayo. Meanwhile, in La Plata, San Isidro Club (SIC) trounced the home team with a 37-14 triumph.
In other matches, Alumni strengthened their hold on the fourth position with a solid 45-24 victory over CASI. San Luis, playing in the lower zone, managed to outplay Pucará, clinching a 31-15 win. And in the match between Atlético del Rosario and Buenos Aires, it was Rosario who emerged triumphant with a 39-20 scoreline.
Key Highlights of the 20th Round
The URBA Top 12 Copa Star+ 20th round saw some remarkable performances:
- Newman vs. Hindú: Hindú beat Newman 34-18, putting them within striking distance of the top position.
- CUBA vs. Belgrano: CUBA secured a 23-15 victory against Belgrano in Villa de Mayo, keeping them among the leading teams.
- La Plata vs. SIC: SIC dominated from the onset, defeating La Plata 37-14, earning a key bonus point and re-entering the semi-finals of the tournament.
- CASI vs. Alumni: Alumni won over CASI 45-24, reinforcing their fourth-place position.
- Atlético del Rosario vs. Buenos Aires: Atlético del Rosario triumphed over Buenos Aires 39-20.
- Pucará vs. San Luis: In a pivotal match in the lower zone, San Luis outperformed Pucará, winning 31-15.
In the match between Newman and Hindú, Newman’s fullback, Francisco Pasman, despite the loss, retained an optimistic outlook. He recognized the team’s resilience and stressed the importance of learning from these challenging games.
San Isidro’s fly-half, Santiago Pavlovsky, expressed satisfaction with their win over La Plata. He highlighted the team’s focus and their ability to avoid penalties as key factors in their success.
Following CUBA’s victory over Belgrano, Uruguayan player Juan Manuel Cat acknowledged the challenge posed by Belgrano and expressed pride in CUBA’s high-tempo performance.
Tomás Oria, following Atlético del Rosario’s victory over Buenos Aires, described the win as tremendous, recognizing the team’s unity in their push forward. Felipe Campodonico, the captain of San Luis, praised his team’s patience and resolve in their win over Pucará.
Reflections on the 20th Round
The 20th round of the URBA Top 12 Copa Star+ tournament marked significant victories and increased competition. Hindú’s win over Newman brought them closer to top position, while victories for CUBA, SIC, Alumni, San Luis, and Atlético del Rosario reinforced their respective positions in the tournament. The tournament continues to be a thrilling showcase of rugby’s finest, with each match bringing its unique set of challenges and triumphs.
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