Socino: Double Pain, But Edinburgh Still In It

It wasn’t the weekend I was hoping for, as a team or as a Pumas fan. 

I traveled to Newport with Edinburgh and we failed to win and Los Pumas, playing in my city while I was in Wales, couldn’t win, either, losing 14-9 to Scotland.  

Here's our latest column from Edinburgh player Juan Pablo Socino on life in the Guinness PRO14 (Spanish Language version below)

Sport can be like that so you must get on your feet again and look forward to the next challenge.

We had arrived in Newport with lots of hopes for the game against the Dragons, coming off a great bonus-point win against the Scarlets. It was also an important game because Ulster and Scarlets were playing each other which opened the opportunity to get into the top three in our conference with a good win.

Newport, a seaside town halfway between Cardiff and the English border, is a tough place to play in as they are very strong at home. With a new defense coach, they were sure to improve as everybody wants to put their hand up as quickly as possible. Rodney Parade is a stadium full of history where the team normally plays well.

We started the game playing loosely and found ourselves losing. We did manage to stage a comeback in the second half.

I was brought on in the final 20 minutes which were nervy as we managed to score a try in the 65thminute and we were on the comeback going for the win. At the end of the game, we had a lineout on the 22, with the score 18-12 that could have given us the victory. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. We came close but not close enough.

We did not take a great opportunity to move up the table, but bringing home a point is positive as this is a long season. We are fourth with 18 points, three behind the third-placed team and four ahead of the fifth.

This week we travel to Cork, in Ireland, to play against Munster. It is another tough game but with the return of some of the Scotland players after being involved in the November test window, to be able to bring home points and, why not, a win against the second-placed team in Conference A.

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The team had traveled to Newport on Saturday when we were all keen on the game between Los Pumas and Scotland. The flight was delayed so we managed to catch the start of the game in our tablets or phones but were unable to see the end live. It was a strange feeling to watch the game surrounded by Scots as the only Argentine around. I couldn’t have felt more foreigner!

With regards to the test, we were all surprised with the missed penalties by Argentina. Both Nico Sánchez and Emiliano Boffelli are brilliant kickers and very seldom fail with those kinds of kicks. But, sometime… it's just not your day!

With mistakes and all, Los Pumas were still in the game and could have won it which is important.

Not winning was sad, more so because my teammates, back at the hotel, made sure they reminded me that Scotland had won!

Guinness PRO14 Games This Weekend

Nov 30 Munster vs Edinburgh KO 13:35 CT 19:35 UTC

Nov 30 Ospreys vs Zebre KO 13:35 CT 19:35 UTC

Dec 1 Ulster vs Cardiff KO 09:00 CT 15:00 UTC

Dec 1 Toyota Cheetahs vs Connacht KO 09:00 CT 15:00 UTC

Dec 1 Dragons vs Leinster KO 09:00 CT 15:00 UTC

Dec 1 Glasgow vs Scarlets  KO 11:15 CT 17:15 UTC

Dec 1 Southern Kings vs Benetton KO 11:15 CT 17:15 UTC

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No fue el fin de semana que esperábamos como equipo ni el que esperaba como hincha de Los Pumas. Viajamos a Newport con Edinburgh y no pudimos ganar y encima Los Pumas, jugando en mi ciudad mientras yo estaba en Gales, tampoco pudieron con Escocia. El deporte es así y hay que rápidamente levantarse y mirar al próximo objetivo.

Llegamos a Newport con muchas expectativas para el partido con los Dragons, ya que veníamos de una gran victoria sobre Scarlets con punto bonus incluido. Era un partido importante también porque Ulster y Scarlets se enfrentaban entre sí, lo cual nos daba la posibilidad de meternos entre los primeros tres con un triunfo positivo.

Newport, ciudad costera equidistante de Cardiff y la frontera con Inglaterra, es un lugar difícil para jugar, ellos se hacen fuertes de local y venían además con el cambio de entrenador de defensa, lo que siempre hace que un equipo busque mostrar lo mejor. Rodney Parade es un estadio de mucha historia donde, como locales, suelen jugar bien.

Empezamos el partido con imprecisiones, y nos encontramos abajo en el tanteador. Supimos remontar en el segundo tiempo.

Me tocó jugar los últimos 20 minutos que fueron a puro nervio porque al apoyar un try faltando quince minutos, salimos a buscar el triunfo con todo. Tuvimos un line en las 22, con el marcador 18-12 sobre el final que podría habernos dado el festejo. Lamentablemente no se dio, no alcanzó por poco.

Desaprovechamos una gran oportunidad para subir en la tabla, pero a la vez traernos un punto suma, ya que es un torneo largo y estamos cuartos con 18 puntos, a tres del tercero y cuatro del quinto.

Esta semana se viaja a Cork, en Irlanda, para jugar contra Munster. Es otro viaje difícil, pero esperamos que con la vuelta de algunos de los jugadores que estuvieron con Escocia este mes, poder sumar puntos y porque no, traer un triunfo contra un rival que está segundo en la Conferencia A.

Guinness PRO14 Juegos Este Weekend

Nov 30 Munster vs Edinburgh KO 13:35 CT 19:35 UTC

Nov 30 Ospreys vs Zebre KO 13:35 CT 19:35 UTC

Dec 1 Ulster vs Cardiff KO 09:00 CT 15:00 UTC

Dec 1 Toyota Cheetahs vs Connacht KO 09:00 CT 15:00 UTC

Dec 1 Dragons vs Leinster KO 09:00 CT 15:00 UTC

Dec 1 Glasgow vs Scarlets  KO 11:15 CT 17:15 UTC

Dec 1 Southern Kings vs Benetton KO 11:15 CT 17:15 UTC

A Newport, el equipo viajó el sábado, teniendo todos presente el partido entre Los Pumas y Escocia. El vuelo hacia Newport salió demorado, lo que significó tener que ver el comienzo entre tablets y celulares sin poder ver el final en vivo. Fue una sensación rara tener que verlo rodeado de escoces sin tener siquiera un argentino cerca; ¡me sentí más visitante que nunca!

En cuanto al partido, creo que todos quedamos sorprendidos con la imprecisión en sus kicks a los palos de Argentina. Tanto Nico Sánchez como Emiliano Bofelli son increíbles pateadores y no suelen fallar esas patadas. Pero a veces no es el día.

Las condiciones no ayudaron, salió un partido impreciso y demasiado trabado, especialmente para el estilo de rugby que ambos venían jugando.

Con errores y todo, hubo chances para ganarlo pero no pudo ser por poco.

No ganar fue una lástima, sobre todo porque que mis compañeros en el hotel se encargaron de remarcar ¡que el triunfo había sido escocés!

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