Sunday, November 6, 2011

SIC are URBA Top 14 Champions

The San Isidro Club (SIC) are the Buenos Aires champions after defeating Alumni 14-11 in the URBA Top 14 Final in La Plata on Saturday. The former club of Pumas outside centre Gonzalo Tiesi and backrower Juan Manuel Leguizamón had to dig deep to defeat Alumni after the teams were locked at 11-11 on full time. The game was forced into extra time with SIC captain and flyhalf, Benjamín Madero slotting a dropgoal in the last play of the additional period to claim victory. The first half was all Alumni who were able to dominante proceedings everywhere except on the scoreboard as the only points scored came from a penalty kick to Los Pampas XV flyhalf Santiago González Iglesias in the 16th minute.

After the interval the shape of the match changed with SIC getting on top early and equalizing the scored at 3-3 with a penalty to Madero. Alumni fought back well to score the games first try with backrower Tobías Moyano going over in the 46th minute as Alumni went ahead 8-3. Five minutes latter the scores were again tied as Rugby World Cup 2007 Pumas squad member, Federico Serra scored for SIC. Madero was unable to convert as the match was indeed looking like going down to the wire. SIC went ahead 11-8 with a 60th minute penalty goal to Madero but González Iglesias cancelled it out as he slotted a penalty four minutes latter. No further points would be scored as the teams went into extra time with the socres tied at 11-11. Both sides tried hard to break the deadlock duering the final fifteen minutes of regular time but both only succeeded in losing posession as both teams knocked on the ball regularly.

Alumni had the better of play in the first ten minutes of extra time but were unable to turn this into points. SIC were switched on in the second ten mintue period of extra time as they went in search of a try but were unable to turn it into points. Madero had a chance to put SIC ahead by three points as SIC had a scrum five metres out from Alumni´s tryline. He went for a drop but failed to execute it. With time up, however, Madero, had another chance and took it as he slotted a dropgoal in the 100th minute to win the match for SIC as the club were crowned URBA Top 14 Champions.

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