Thursday, April 14, 2011

Campeonato Argentino - Round 3 results


The third round of the 2011 Campeonato Argentino took place over the past weekend and saw the semi finalists all confirmed with Zone 1 winners Tucumán being joined by Cuyo (Mendoza) and Zone 2 winners Córdoba being joined by Buenos Aires. Tucumán continue to look like tournament favourites after the northern Argentina team defeated Cuyo to go through the group phase undefeated but they had a tough day at the office as Cuyo put on a great performance and were leading until the games final minute. It took a last minute effort from Los Naranjas to sneak home in a 24-22 victory with inside centre Ezequiel Faralle kicking a penalty goal. Faralle not only won the match for his team but is also the tournaments leading points scorer. Despite losing the match, Cuyo finished second in the group and will take on Zone 2 winners Córdoba in the second semi final which will be in Córdoba on Saturday. In Zone one's other match Salta took on Mar del Plata at home and the two sides put on a highly entertaining match with Salta pulling off a 26-25 victory over Mar del Plata which sees Salta finish in third and mar del Plata in fourth and thus bottom of the table.

Buenos Aires saved their best performance for last in crushing Santa Fe 83-16 to go ahead of Rosario and claim the final Semi Finals place. The win is a reminder of the potential of Buenos Aires and sets up a mouthwatering semi final vs Los Naranjas in Tucumán on Saturday. The impressive win was not enough for Buenos Aires to top the table, however, as Córdoba won 28-13 vs Rosario to stay undefeated. Both Mar del Plata and Santa Fe went through the tournament winless and face the prospect of being relegated and being replaced by either San Juan or Alto Valle who finished top of their respective zones in the second division.






Semifinals

April 16 Tucumán vs. Buenos Aires
April 16 Córdoba vs. Cuyo

Campeonato Argentino Table
Zone 1

1 Tucumán 6 
2 Cuyo 4 
3 Salta 2 
4 Mar del Plata 0 

Zone 2

1 Córdoba 6 
2 Buenos Aires 4 
3 Rosario 2 
4 Santa Fe 0 

Second Division

Alto Valle 30-13 Sur
Austral 27-35 Chubut
Nordeste 25-15 San Juan
Santiago del Estero 39-20 Entre Ríos

Zone 1
1 San Juan 4 
2 Stgo. del Estero 4 
3 Entre Ríos 2 
4 Nordeste 2 

Zone 2

1 Alto Valle 6 
2 Chubut 4 
3 Sur 2
4 Austral 0

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