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Watch: Spanish rugby's top tier delivers breathless finale

By Peteso Cannon
Spanish rugby’s top tier looks unbelievably exciting

We’re not fully sure what’s going on half the time in the below clip and there are definitely more than a few questionable refereeing decisions.

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What we do know is that it looks immensely entertaining, unpredictable and if the commentary team are fluent in English, we need to sign them up for the Six Nations.

The game took place between Sanitas Alcobendas Rugby and SilverStorm El Salvador at the weekend, two of Spanish rugby’s heavyweights, Silverstorm coming out victorious by 32 points to 28.

The match was played in Pepe Rojo field and is estimated to have had a crowd of roughly 2,000 spectators, so there are some encouraging signs emerging from Spanish rugby’s domestic competition.

The game also ends with a contentious knock-on that looks suspiciously intentional?

Credit: RawRugby

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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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