SLAR 2022: Selknam to seek first final against revenge-seeking Jaguars

SLAR 2022: Selknam to seek first final against revenge-seeking Jaguars

The Chilean franchise returns to the semi-finals of the American Rugby Super League. An instance they know, but which they could not defeat in the 2021 edition. In front of them will be the powerful Argentinian team, which they have already beaten twice this year.

The American Rugby Super League enters the definition zone. The first two rounds having already been completed, only four teams remain in contention for the trophy , being one of them Selknam. The Chilean franchise returns to contest the semi-finals of the continental tournament and will do so against none other than Jaguares XV. The match is played today at 7:00 p.m. in Chile.

But despite the fact that they face the defending champions, the Chileans are favorites and it is that during this 2022 edition things have changed. The Argentinians are no longer that inaccessible team , defeated four times. Two of them before Selknam. In fact, those victories meant the first two times the Nationals were able to defeat the Trans-Andean, even leaving them out of contention for the top two spots.

That, added to Santiago’s strong franchise performance throughout the two rounds of the tournament, puts them in full confidence. During SLAR, Selknam realized eight wins, two losses, 35 tries and 27 conversions . He also has very high efficiency percentages in the different situations of the matches. 88% to melee 80 in lines, 93 in rucks and 84 in tackles.

Selknam celebrates a try against Peñarol, in the final game of the second round (SLAR/Gaspafotos)

The only two defeats suffered by the Chilean team were in the first meeting against Olimpia de Paraguay and in the first confrontation against Peñarol. Already in the second round they achieved a perfect performance winning all five games, including a resounding 64-3 against Cafeteros Pro de Colombia.

In the case of the matches against Jaguares XV, they met for the first time this year on March 25, with the Chileans winning 20-10. Already in the second round the result was a little more voluminous reaching 23-10.

All of these numbers suggest that Selknam will be able to qualify for the SLAR Finals, having been eliminated in the semi-finals last year, in the second edition of the tournament (the first was not completed due to the pandemic). In 2021 they were left out against Peñarol , one of the possible rivals in the last instance. The other key is made up of Uruguayans with Cafeteros Pro.

But to think of Peñarol, they must first defeat the Argentines. The duel will be played this Friday 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Chile. The tournament will continue to be played on the grounds of the Charrúa stadium Montevideo, the place that received the contest in the second round. Selknam dreams of his first title, only 160 minutes separate him.

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Source: Latercera

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