Newman vs. SIC, the second semifinal of the Top 13: two opposite stories, two different styles to determine Hindú’s rival

In such an extensive championship, this Top 13 of URBAHindú was the only one to achieve consistency throughout 2022. With high peaks, but also with valleys and irregular lapses, Newman Y SIC they comfortably qualified for the decisive instances and this Sunday at CASI they will seek passage to the Buenos Aires rugby final, from 16.10with transmission of ESPN2 and the platform Star+. One, chasing the frustrated dream on several occasions, and the other, trying to enlarge his success story.

Newman, a regular in this instance, has pending the account of sustaining his good performances in the regular stages in the playoffs. Achieve capturing the volume of his game in games that are usually more closed, frictioned and with fewer spaces. After an overwhelming start in the first six rounds of the tournament he entered a plateau, although he managed to resolve the adverse moments. “We had some ups and downs. If it goes very high all year, at some point it can happen. We had some flaws in our game and we lost unexplained games, but they serve to learn and focus on mistakes. Perhaps, if you come from a perfect year, at the moment the papers are burned you don’t know what to do. Now we are more prepared”, analyzed Joaquin de la Vegaeighth of the Cardinal.

The third line joined in the final stretch of the URBA tournament after a very good year in Pumas 7s, as one of the most regular players of the team directed by Santiago Gómez Cora. “This year I really enjoyed seven, it was a great experience. But I had that feeling that I was missing something and the moment between circuit and circuit I really missed playing with the club. I had to watch last year’s semifinal against CUBA from the outside and it cost me a lot. I took stock, I was honest with myself and where I wanted to be was here, with the club. I had been thinking about it since July and I talked to the coaches to come back after the World Cup”, explained the 24-year-old.

Joaquín De la Vega, 24 years old and captain of Newman in this Saturday’s semifinal, stood out during the year in Pumas 7s but now he is focused on the URBA trophy.Fabian Marelli – THE NATION

After the World Cup in Cape Town, De la Vega made himself available and quickly earned a place for his explosion, his good handling of the base of the scrum and for being a guarantee in the line-out. He joined a structure of forwards that will try to neutralize that of SIC. “They are a very tough team in the pack, they try to impose themselves there. They really like the maul. The game will flow for the one who dominates with the forwards. If we stop the meeting point and dominate the defensive contacts, the match will be favorable”, analyzed the eighth player, who moved Jerónimo Uretaone of the figures of the championship, to the wing post.

Benavídez’s team showed improvements in a pack that averages more than 29 years, a high age in a tournament full of youngsters. But its main value remains the line of backsthat scored 62 of 95 tries boards in the year. for this semifinal they will not have their captain, Lucas Marguery, one of the ones that give the game the most rhythm. His place will be taken by Felix Branca.

The fans of San Isidro Club are used to joy; this time the team is not the favorite, but the zanjeros know how to conduct themselves in the playoffs.
The fans of San Isidro Club are used to joy; this time the team is not the favorite, but the zanjeros know how to conduct themselves in the playoffs.THE NATION/Hernan Zenteno

For its part, SIC arrives at a low performance moment. Added to the loss in the classic against CASI was one against San Luis and the anguish of a short victory over Pucará. The trench set will not count on the injured Lucas Rocha, a key player in fixed formations. He has as a point in favor a devastating maul and a defense that offers security: in the 24 games he was the one that received less tries, 51. Two aspects that could be vital for this meeting. Even without being the strongest candidate, SIC have enough fundamentals to fight with anyone.

“In 2019 we arrived as favorites and, although we ended up champions, doing it that way is more difficult. In this one we are not going as favorites, but we face it with the same intensity, “he said. Carlos Piranone of the champions from three years ago, who also suffered a tight loss at the hands of CUBA in the 2021 final.”There is not a thorn from last year; you earn and you learn. We are going to try to improve on the things we did wrong to play the final again”, added the center.

Carlos Pirán heading for a try; attack, defense and experience in the SIC captain, who this afternoon will face his third final in four years.
Carlos Pirán heading for a try; attack, defense and experience in the SIC captain, who this afternoon will face his third final in four years.Gerardo Viercovich – THE NATION

Newman has some arguments on which to hope. Since the return of post-quarantine rugby, he has won his three matches against SIC: 24-19 in 2021 and 36-30 and 17-10 in 2022. He found a way around an opponent against whom he ended up smiling in the only one-on-one of history with each other since the playoff system exists. The 6-6 of 2008 qualified him for the final and it was the only time, in seven attempts, that the Cardenal surpassed the barrier. This afternoon he will try to make another hit.

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Newman vs. SIC, the second semifinal of the Top 13: two opposite stories, two different styles to determine Hindú’s rival