Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hindu Club win Argentina National Club Championship

Buenos Aires powerhouses, Hindu Club are the Argentine National Club Champions after defeating La Tablada of Cordoba 25-22 in the final on saturday. Hindu's win comes only a month after they were dumped out of the URBA Top 14 semi finals in a shock defeat to La Plata. The final was a great occassion with lots of fireworks on and off the field and a tribute to the fallen players from the San Miguel club who died earlier in the month while driving from Buenos Aires to Missiones for a Rugby Sevens event.

Hindu were the more inventive side in the match with La Tablada prefering to play a more traditional Argentine game plan of forward play with a heavy focus on controlling the ruck. La Tablada's biggest weapon was the boot of former Italian test flyhalf Ramiro Pez who got the Cordoba club off to a great start. Hindu were scoring tries with centre Santiago Mourín dotting down twice  but with Pez's boot on target the scores were tied at 12-12 at the interval. With a converted try per team in the second half, one penalty to Pez but two to Joaquín Díaz Bonilla the Buenos Aires club ensured victory would be theirs. Former New Zealand based professional fullback, Francisco Bosch scored Hindu Club's second half try while former Edinburgh, Glasgow and Saracens player, Francisco Leonelli, was in the losing side.

The victory marks the fifth time that Hindu Club has been the national champion of Argentina - a record.

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