Monday, March 3, 2014

Pablo Matera Scores first try in Aviva Premiership

Pablo Matera impressed for the Leicester Tigers on Sunday. The twenty year old Puma scored his first try in the Aviva Premiership and in doing so secured a crucial bonus point for the club. The win sees the Leicester Tigers holding on to fourth position in the Premiership, four points ahead of the Harlequins. 

The young back-rower arrived at the Leicester Tigers after an impressive debut season as a Puma. Matera made his debut for Argentina as a nineteen year old against Chile in the 2013 South American Championship. He scored a try on debut and also crossed three days later against Brazil. 

Matera was then selected for the IRB Junior World Championship in France which saw him miss out on earning further test caps against the visiting England and Georgia in June. He was, nonetheless, named in the initial squad for the Rugby Championship and was selected in the starting lineup for the opening match against South Africa and held down a place in the first XV for the duration of the competition. Matera played eleven tests during his debut season of test rugby.

The Buenos Aires product earned praise during the Rugby Championship and was subsequently rumoured to be in talks with a number of clubs in England and France in addition to Super Rugby franchises. At the suggestion of Marcos Ayerza Matera opted to sign for the Leicester Tigers as Ayerza spoke highly of the facilities at the Aviva Premiership club as being perfect for him at this time in his career. 

Matera has not been utilized as frequently by Leicester as many thought would be the case. Part of the reason is that the club has arguably the most depth of all teams in the Aviva Premiership while Argentina´s status as falling outside of the Kolpak Ruling complicated matters further. Matera, though, did himself a massive favor on Sunday as the Puma impressed for Leicester and did well to get passed three players to score from a close range pick and go in the second half against Newcastle.

The try was the second by Matera in Leicester colors. His first came in the LV=Cup when he scored against Bath last month. With Leicester involved in the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals and in with a strong chance of reaching the final four of the Aviva Premiership there is reason the suggest Matera will be used more during the remainder of the season. 

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