Thursday, January 13, 2011

Campionato Nazionale Eccellenza Mid-season Update

At the midway stage of the 2010-2011 Italian Premiership - the Campionato Nazionale Eccellenza two teams are tied for first position on 32 points in Rovigo and I Cavalieri Prato whilst two teams are well off the pace with L´Aquila and Venezia both well behind the leaders and indeed behind the 8th placed side, Lazio. In the lattest round, played this past weekend, two Italian sides in the Amlin Challenge Cup went head to head with Rovigo dominating Crociati Parma to win 39-15. Gran Parma enjoyed a comfortable 22-5 home victory vs Venezia to keep the Venice side looked at the bottom of the ladder. I Cavalieri Prato scored a 32-17 victory vs L´Aquila which similarly sees L´Aquila remain out of title contention. Whilst, Rome´s two clubs enjoyed victories with Lazio defeating the club of USA backrower Lou Stanfill, Mogliano 12-11 in an away match and Roma defeating Petraca 21-9 at home.

There were, as always, plenty of Argentine players to be found. Sebastian Damiani played for Crociati vs Rovigo who had German Bustos kicking his side to a big win. Bustos was joined by Pablo Calanchini and Agustín Guzman. Roma ´s important win featured a strong performance from Nicolas De Gregori and he was joined by Luciano Rodriguez who kicked three penalties, Emiliano German and Marcelo Martino. Petraca had their own share of Argentina players in Martin Acuña, Nicolas Galatro, Agustin Cavalieri and Fernando Sodini. Gran Parma´s victory featured Cristian Prestera. The important match of Mogliano vs Lazio featured Víctor Jiménez playing for Lazio and Lucas Lambrè and Emiliano Mulieri for the home side.

The Championship is another reminder of the vast supply of Argentine players exported to the world to play as professionals. With so many players doing well not only in Europe´s prime leagues of the Aviva Premiership, Magners League and the Top 14 but also the Campionato Nazionale Eccellenza and elsewhere the country´s contribution to global rugby can be described as nothing short of phenomenal. Argentina truely ought to host Rugby World Cup 2023.

Ladder after 9 Rounds
Rovigo 32 
I Cavalieri Prato 32 
Crociati Parma 28
Petrarca 27 
Gran Parma 25 
Rugby Roma 22 
Mogliano 17 
Lazio 16 
L´Aquila 6 
Venezia 0

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