It was a particular weekend in the most prestigious rugby tournament in the southern hemisphere. It was carried out Super Round, a date with all the teams participating in the AMI Stadium in Melbourne for three days of competition. In addition, the New Zealand and Australian franchises crossed paths for the first time this year, with a clear Kiwi dominance. Only the Brumbies could beat the Highlanders, continuing a trend that has been increasing in recent years: New Zealand teams are ahead of their Tran-tasman rivals. For its part, Paul Matera consolidates itself as an important piece in a Crusaders what goes for a new title for the sixth consecutive year.
The Christchurch team thrashed the Melbourne Rebels 47-12 and the Argentine was chosen as the best on the field. In addition, he is on the list of the best players of the date along with Fraser McReight, Reece Hodge, Noah Lolesio, AJ Lam, Jake Gordon, Thomas Umaga Jansen, Meli Derenalagi, Bailyn Sullivan and Jonah Lowe, author of four tries in the win of Chiefs over Waratahs. “Argentinean Pablo Matera had his best game since joining the Crusaders, showing off his powerful game on several occasions. He is more than just power, he also showed the ability of him to accelerate and throw passes on contact, ”described the rugby outlet. stuffwho also chose him as the best on the field.
Matera was the forward with the most breaks (3), the most tackle breaks (6) and the most meters run with the ball (99) among all teams in the Super Rugby Round. He was a constant threat in attack and was very active both as a laner in the left sector and as a penetrator in the center of the court. His traction power was too much for some Rebels who held on in the first half, but then collapsed and gave in to their rival’s hierarchy. In addition, the player trained in Alumni had a good participation in the first try of Ethan Blackadder and Tamaiti Williams, with a remarkable run using the foot to keep control. In defense he contributed five tackles and a recovery of the ball.
It was Matera’s seventh match in a Crusaders that is third after nine dates, behind Blues and Brumbies. A few weeks ago, in an interview on ESPN, he spoke about his arrival in New Zealand and what surprised him most about his new club: “The culture they have is impressive. Everyone talks about culture, it is something that is created in a long time. It reminded me of the last year of Jaguares: it is a team that followed the same path, but much longer and has much more history. It’s amazing the traditions they have, how they train, the work ethic they have is what impressed me the most.”
The third line has already completed the adaptation stage and is now beginning to enjoy his rugby and his potential, which was diminished in 2021, after the episode of the removal of the Pumas captaincy that influenced the drop in his level. He came to Christchurch, the birthplace of New Zealand rugby, with the aim of improving as a player and he is returning to that level that made him one of the great wings on the planet. Scott Robertson wore it to empower the best team in the southern hemisphere. A feedback that can help the Pumas.
In an interview with rugby pass A few months ago, Matera spoke of the differences between a super-professionalized rugby like the one he plays and the Argentine: “Something I learned a lot here and I see every day, is how they think that everything is a process. Things don’t happen from one day to the next, everything is a process and you have to work hard, repeat, have good habits, try to improve every day. That is something that perhaps, speaking of everything in Argentina, it’s not in our culture. It is something we must work on. Speaking only of rugby, we have never been regular,” she said.
Even before the start of the tournament, he had been listed as one of the players to watch in Super Rugby Pacific: “It could play an important role in their championship aspirations”They said on the official All Blacks website, where, as a new signing, he was noted as the “rookie to watch”: “It is unfair to call Pablo Matera a rookie given his experience in Super Rugby and international rugby. But how he fits into the Crusaders’ entourage could play a big role in his championship aspirations. He is shaping up to be a powerful member of an already strong group of forwards in all areas of the game,” they described.
After the troubles he experienced from the removal of the Pumas captaincy (when old tweets went viral that left them in a bad way) in December 2020, Matera entered a stage of silent work focused on returning to the great sporting level by that I was used to everyone. Now, with the time that has elapsed after that bad drink, he is also happy on a personal level.
A few weeks ago, after a loss to the Blues, he left a sweet postcard with his family, who accompanied him from the rostrum. After the game, the former captain of Los Pumas approached his partner, Alina Constantini, and his son, Dartagnan, to greet them, but the little boy immediately rose into his arms. The wing, then, took him in the middle of the people who had come to watch the game and carried him in his arms to the field.