Sunday, October 27, 2013

CUBA is the new URBA Top 14 Champion

CUBA fans show support
The world´s undisputed best city club competition, the URBA Top 14 came to a close yesterday in the San Isidro district of Buenos Aires. The competition is one of the oldest in the world and has had a lot to do with the creation of many a Puma player. 

Played between Hindú club and Club Universitario de Buenos Aires or simply CUBA thrilling final the match went down to the wire. The result was determined by a penalty just one minute from the end after Hindú had been offside near its own 22 metre line. It saw CUBA complete a comeback after Hindú had eatrlier held a 9-3 lead before Matías Moroni scored the games only try and Bautista Guemes gaver CUBA the lead in the 79th minute with a penalty.

The match featured a number of international players past and present. All nine Hindú points came from the boot of Rugby World Cup 2007 Pumas squad member Hernán Senillosa while Francisco Bosch was also a starting back. Senillosa formed a mid-field combination with Juan Ignacio Gauthier while a potential future Puma Lucas Camacho played scrum-half and second-rower Tomás Lavanini started in the tight-five.

CUBA had less players of reputation but one who was underused by Santiago Phelan. Tomás De La Vega played in the back-row for CUBA and is a strong chance at being in the squad named by Daniel Hourcade on Tuesday. De La Vega played very well against France in the home win in Córdoba in June 2012 but thereafter was not given opportunities at international level. He now looms as one of the best options to replace Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe who fractured his elbow yesterday playing for Toulon. 

CUBA is now URBA champion for the first time since 1970. Hindú was the reigning champion having won in 2012 and prior to that had been a major player in recent years with title victories in 1996, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.  


  1. Excuse me Paul, but what was the crowd for that match?

    1. The ground had a capacity of 10,000 and it was full.