Sunday, February 2, 2014

Pablo Matera scores first try as a professional

Matera appears to have a great future
Argentine international back-rower Pablo Matera scored his first try as a professional rugby this weekend in a LV= Cup match against Bath on Friday evening. The twenty year old demonstrated a combination of strength and technique to go over for a first half try at Welford Road. With Argentina set to play two pool matches in the city of Leicester at Rugby World Cup 2015 Matera has the potential to impress and to do so as a young player known to the local community. 

Argentina will play its pool matches against Tonga and the African 1 qualifier at Leicester City Stadium on October 4 and 11 2015 at which time Matera will be twenty-two years old. The youngster started in all six matches of the 2013 Rugby Championship and found himself with a number of much older players including Felipe Contepomi and Julio Farías Cabello who turned thirty-six and thirty-five during the tournament. 

Matera appeared to be up to the required level to play international rugby despite him never having played a match of elite professional rugby in his life and only having debuted for Argentina in the 2013 South American Championship. This year he has the opportunity to build on a solid 2013 and he should be exposed to more match time at Leicester. 

Video Credit: ESPN Scrum 

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