Monday, January 28, 2013

Urdapilleta scores 17 points as Oyonnax power on in the Pro d2

Former Harlequins midfielder and Los Pumas flyhalf, Benjamin Urdapilleta´s outstanding season continued this past weekend as he played a key role in his team´s 22-10 victory in the Pro d2. Oyonnax played host to Pays d´Aix, also known as Aix-en-Provence at the Stade Charles Mathon. Urdapilleta kicked five penalties and converted his teams only try to score 17 points. The game was played in freezing conditions which prevented many tries from being scored. 

Other Pro d2 results saw some surprizes such as Brive losing against Narbonne and Carcassonne holding Pau to a draw. Tarbes and Lyon got important wins as they look to increase their chances of winning promotion to the Top 14. The top of the table side after the regular season will play in the Top 14 next season while the teams that finish from second to fifth will play the Semi Finals. The bottom two will be relegated to France´s third division, the Fédérale 1. 

Urdapilleta is in line for a recall this coming June. Like in 2012 Argentina will select two squads for the international season with the first to play against England and Georgia in June and the second to play in The Rugby Championship. In 2012 there were 24 European based players who missed out on playing in June due to the agreement between the UAR and clubs in France and England. A similar situation will occur this year which means players that are in line for game time against Australia, South Africa and Champions New Zealand will not play in June. Urdapilleta played one test against France in 2012 and Ignacio Mieres played the other and also started against Italy. Both players are likely to be considered for flyhalf again this year with Urdapilleta currently looking more likely to start due to the amount of game time he has been getting compared to Mieres. 

Round 19 Results
Lyon 26-12 Albi
Auch 3-20 La Rochelle
Carcassonne 12-12 Pau
Colomiers 22-15 Dax
Oyonnax 22-10 Pays d´Aix
Béziers 30-21 Massy
Narbonne 28-17 Brive
Tarbes 15-9 Aurillac 

Pro d2 Standings
1 Oyonnax 77
2 Pau 58
3 La Rochelle 58
4 Aurillac 58
5 Brive 51
6 Tarbes 51
7 Carcassonne 50
8 Lyon 48
9 Narbonne 40
10 Albi 39
11 Colomiers 39
12 Auch 32
13 Pays d´Aix 29
14 Dax 29
15 Béziers 25
16 Massy 18

* Direct Promotion to Top 14
* Qualfying for Playoff´s

* Facing Relegation to Fédérale 1

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