Monday, June 18, 2012

Russia 19-13 Uruguay, 2012 IRB Nations Cup

A full international saw Russia and Uruguay go head ot head in Bucharest, Romania as part of the second round of the 2012 IRB Nations Cup last Tuesday. The IRB is officially promoting the event as a stepping-stone to Rugby World Cup 2015 with the likes of Portugal, Romania, Russia and Uruguay all being fringe sides with two of them likely to qualify for England 2015. Russia has recieved plenty of positive press since debuting no the global stage in New Zealand 2011 and has many people signing praise for the country as a seemingly permanent competitor at World Cup´s. Uruguay, in contrast, are the forgotten men of world rugby as after playing in two consecutive World Cup´s the country was unlucky to not qualify for either France 2007 or New Zealand 2011. 

Los Teros showed the team is far from being a thing of the past as Uruguay did well vs Russia, taking an early lead with winger Santiago Arocena scoring a try that Alejo Duran converted and then added a penalty to put the South Americans ahead 10-0. The Europeans hit back, but it took some time as over 30 had past before tight-head prop Innokentiy Zyko scored Russia´s first points, a try while he was on debut for the Bears. When winger Ivan Kotov went over soon thereafter, Russia took the lead and would keep it for the remainder of the match after leading 12-10 at the interval. Uruguay scored just a penalty in the secondhalf while Russia scored a third try to complete the win.

The result saw Russia rise in the IRB World Rankings while Uruguay and, importantly Namibia, are outside of the Worlds Top 20. Despite Uruguay and Namibia both being Third Tier rugby nations they have considerably different paths to World Cup qualification with Namibia only facing Tier Three sides while Uruguay face Tier Two ones. Uruguay recovered from this loss to impressw vs POrtugal in the teams final match which took place yesterday with Los Teros winning 35-7.

1 comment:

  1. The Uruguayan question, in rugby, is one of my worries...I'm attempting to write some about it for and for the digital spanish newspaper MARCA.