BRAZIL 17 - 3 CHILE
Pacaembu Stadium, São Paulo - Friday 03 February 2017
KO: 20:15 HT: 3-0
BRAZIL beat Chile 17-3 and launched their 2017 Americas Rugby Championship with a crucial win against a side that will have to work hard to get up to the tournament’s level.
The game had little excitement, both Brazilian tries coming in a five-minute rush and their solid win prevented the Chileans from taking a defensive bonus point which could come to mean a lot in the later stages of the ARC. This was Brazil second win against Chile in more than 60 years.
It was an error ridden first half, not much happening to excite the 5,002 spectators at the Pacaembú Stadium in Sao Paulo. Starting where he had left off last year, centre Matías Nordenflycht kicked an early penalty which, which with the assistance of the upright would be the only points on the board for the following 52 minutes. Both teams found the sticky defences hard to break and there were far too many handling errors as the early moisture turned into rain becoming a downpour at times during the second half.
With the second half showing more of the same, Brazil chose not to go for a penalty goal from a kickable position and instead went to the corner from where a line out throw to the tail launched replacement scrum half Mattheus Silva towards the opening try on the 54th minute; Moisés Duque converted, 10-0.
Four minutes later, faced with the same option, but on the other side of the field, home captain Nick Smith chose to go for the three points; Duque’s kick hit the upright – the third penalty in the game to crash against the posts – and Chile were forced to play a five-yard scrum.
The bigger Tupi scrum pushed the Cóndores pack and the spilled ball reached centre Felipe Sancery who scored in the left corner. Duque added the extra points with a superbly angled kick. Soon, a 3-point deficit turned into an 11-point advantage.
The home side had been slowly getting on top of the visitors and these two well-taken tries were fully deserved. With the nerves settled, their more intelligent play, led by the polished boot of debutant Josh Reeves, pinned the Chileans to their half.
Another penalty was added by Duque to stretch the lead to 17-3. Despite the Cóndores trying to at least return from Sao Paulo with a bonus point, they were never really in a position to score.
BRAZIL: 1 Alexandre Alves 2 Yan Rosetti 3 Wilton Rebolo 4 Diego López 5 Lucas Piero 6 João Luiz da Ros 7 André Arruda 8 NICK SMITH (C) 9 Beukes Cremer 10 Josh Reeves 11 Stefano Giantorno 12 Moisés Duque 13 Felipe Sancery 14 De Wet van Niekerk 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Daniel Danielewicz 17 Jonatas Paulo 18 Vitor Ancina 19 Felipe Tissot 20 Matheus Daniel 21 Matheus Cruz 22 Luan Smanio 23 Guilherme Coghetto
SCORERS T: Cruz, Sancery C: Duque (20 P: Duque Sancery
CHILE: 1 CLAUDIO ZAMORANO (C) 2 Tomás Dussaillant 3 José Tomás Munita 4 Mario Mayol 5 Nikola Bursic 6 Cristóbal Niedmann 7 Anton Petrowitsch 8 Manuel Dagnino 9 Beltrán Vergara 10 Francisco González Moller 11 Pedro Verschae 12 Matías Nordenflycht 13 Franco Velarde 14 Martín Verschae 15 Rodrigo Fernández BENCH: 16 Rodrigo Moya 17 Vittorio Lastra 18 Gonzalo Martínez 19 Nicanor Machuca 20 Benjamín Soto 21 Jan Hasenlechner 22 Francisco Cruz 23 Tomás Ianiszewski
SCORERS P: Nordenflycht Zamorano
Referee: Claudio Cattivelli (URU)
USA 29 - 23 URUGUAY
Toyota Field, San Antonio - Saturday 04 February 2017
KO: 16:00 HT: 16-13
THE USA Eagles opened their Americas Rugby Championship campaign with a hard fought 29-23 win against Uruguay in an interesting game in San Antonio, Texas. Whilst the home side deserved the win, it allowed Los Teros to take a defensive bonus point, not being able to convert dominance in the fifteen minutes.
There was not much between both teams in the opening 40 minutes as the halftime score denotes. Uruguay and USA scored a try apiece, both from moves from the lineout, and showed their extreme commitment in defence.
Tero number 10 Germán Albanell opened the score with a penalty in the third minute but three minutes later debutant Ben Cima kicked the first of three first half penalties. Experienced Eagle captain Todd Clever was sin binned in the twelfth minute for a dangerous tackle and Los Teros made use of the player advantage when from a line out five yards from the home side’s in goal, they dumbfounded the defenders.
Throwing to the front, hooker Facundo Gattas waited for number eight Alejandro Nieto to come around, draw the defence and score on the left-hand corner. Albanell added the two extra points with a superbly angled kick.
Two Cima penalties reduced the deficit until the 37th minute when from a line out, both USA centres combined - AJ MacGinty broke the first line of defence and passed to Bryce Campbell who crashed in the tackle of fullback Rodrigo Silva. Uruguay managed to claw back with a final first half penalty from Albanell for the 16-13 score in favour of the Eagles.
The line out generated the game’s third try five minutes after the break, with Nieto touching down from a rolling maul. Albanell also converted. It seemed that USA had crossed for their second try but instead a penalty for Uruguay was awarded by referee Chris Assmus. Almost from the halfway line, Albanell kicked for three; but within two minutes, MacGinty kicked his first penalty in the 56th minute, 19-23.
Captain Blaine Scully took a perfectly placed long cross kick from Will Magie, who had only just come on for his first cap. MacGinty superbly converted from the right-hand touchline.
Losing some of the concentration that had been so good for Los Teros in the previous hour, they lost control of the ball and gave away unforced penalties; MacGinty added another three points but missed six before the end of the game which allowed the Uruguayans to at least fly South with a bonus point.
USA: 1 Anthony Purpura 2 Peter Malcolm 3 Chris Baumann 4 Nate Brakeley 5 Nick Civetta 6 John Quill 7 Todd Clever 8 Al McFarland 9 Nate Augspurger 10 Ben Cima 11 Zack Test 12 AJ MacGinty 13 Bryce Campbell 14 BLAINE SCULLY (C) 15 Mike Te’o BENCH: 16 James Hilterbrand 17 Alex Maughan 18 Dino Waldren 19 Matt Jensen 20 Tony Lamborn 21 Shaun Davies 22 Will Magie 23 JP Eloff
SCORERS T: Campbell, Scully C: Cima, MacGinty P: Cima (3), MacGinty (2) Clever
URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Facundo Gattas 3 Juan Echeverría 4 Ignacio Dotti 5 Diego Ayala 6 Rodolfo Garese 7 Franco Lamanna 8 ALEJANDRO NIETO (C) 9 Santiago Arata 10 Germán Albanell 11 Andrés Rocco 12 Juan de Freitas 13 Juan Manuel Cat 14 Leandro Leivas 15 Rodrigo Silva BENCH: 16 Diego Pombo 17 Matías Benítez 18 Felipe Inciarte 19 Juan Diego Ormaechea 20 Diego Magno 21 Guillermo Lijtenstein 22 Francisco Berchesi 23 Gastón Gibernau
SCORERS T: Gattas, Nieto C: Albanell (2) P: Albanell (3) Cat
Referee: Chris Assmus (RC)
CANADA 6 - 20 ARGENTINA XV
Westhills Stadium, Langford BC - Saturday 04 February 2017
KO: 17:00 HT: 3-3
ARGENTINA XV opened its defence of the Americas Rugby Championship title won last year with a hard-fought 20-6 win against Canada, in almost freezing conditions. It was a far different game than the same fixture played a year ago in Rosario, won by the same team but 54-21.
In a snowed-covered field, the lovely rendition, a cappella, of both national anthems by 12-year-old Mackinley Bourne brought warmth to the hearts of those who ventured to the Westhills Stadium, in Langford. In Rosario twelve months ago, temperatures were in the low 30s.
In very difficult conditions, Argentina XV took only one minute to open the score, when flyhalf Domingo Miotti kicked a straightforward penalty. From the restart, Lucas Rumball was sin binned for a no arms tackle but his team rallied without him, keeping Argentina XV pointless for the duration and scoring their first three points through Gordon McRorie’s easy penalty in front of the posts.
It was a stop-start kind of game for most of the first half, with Argentina XV coming close to scoring a try close to the half hour mark after a good run by fullback Bautista Delguy. He was always trying to create something and was to be rewarded with the Man of the Match award.
Canada was stronger in the scrum, putting the visiting team under pressure and denying them a much-used attacking platform. Neither team managed to get more than a couple of phases together, but the more experienced and bigger Canadian forwards controlled the exchanges throughout the opening half, with backs in both teams using the boot more than their cold hands in order to give the ball to the opponent in the hope that pressure would reap benefits. It was not to be as no points were scored in the last 30 minutes of the opening half.
To make matters more complicated, rain started to fall in the second half, meaning there was more kicking from hand. It was, in fact, from a short kick that replacement prop Santiago Medrano scored the first try in the 49th minute, reaching the ball kicked by astute player-maker Domingo Miotti, who added the conversion, 10-6.
Gordon McRorie kicked his second penalty in the 61st minute to narrow the difference, but five minutes later Argentina XV scored a second try.
Replacement winger Segundo Tuculet, younger brother of Pumas fullback Joaquín, counter-attacked from his own half and eluded five would-be tacklers close to the left touch line to score after a 55-metre run. Miotti added the extras, and a few minutes later a second penalty took the Argentinian score to 20.
Reckless play from replacement scrumhalf Juan Manuel Lescano saw him sent to the sin bin yet with only two minutes left to play, but there was nothing Canada could do to turn around its luck.
CANADA: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 Eric Howard 3 Matt Tierney 4 Conor Keys 5 Liam Chisholm 6 Admir Cejvanovic 7 Lucas Rumball 8 Clay Panga 9 GORDON MCRORIE (C) 10 Robbie Povey 11 Taylor Paris 12 Nick Blevins 13 Brock Staller 14 Dan Moor 15 Carl Pocock BENCH: 16 Benoît Pifféro 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Cole Keith 19 Reegan O’Gorman 20 Matt Beukeboom 21 Phil Mack 22 Giuseppe du Toit 23 George Barton
SCORERS P: McRorie (2) Rumball
ARGENTINA XV: 1 Franco Brarda 2 Gaspar Baldunciel 3 Cristian Bartoloni 4 Juan Cruz Guillemaín 5 Pedro Ortega 6 Francisco Gorrissen 7 LAUTARO BAVARO (C) 8 Tomás de la Vega 9 Sebastián Cancelliere 10 Domingo Miotti 11 Santiago Álvarez 12 Bruno Devoto 13 Juan Cappiello 14 Fernando Luna 15 Bautista Delguy BENCH: 16 Marcelo Brandi 17 Nicolás Solveyra 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Franco Molina 20 Rodrigo Bruni 21 Juan Manuel Lescano 22 Tomás Granella 23 Segundo Tuculet
SCORERS T: Medrano, Tuculet C: Miotti (2) P: Miotti Lescano
Referee: Kurt Weaver (USAR)
USA 51 - 3 BRAZIL
Dell Diamond, Round Rock TX - Saturday 11 February 2017
KO: 15:00 HT: 13-0
IT took the USA Eagles one year to gain revenge on their loss against Brazil in São Paulo. At the Dell Diamond, in Austin, they beat their visitors 51-3, scoring eight tries and securing the bonus point to share the lead with Argentina XV after two rounds of the Americas Rugby Championship. USA dominated throughout the game and were clear winners, but the sticky Brazilian defence and the inability to turn possession into more points is something the Eagles will have to look at moving forward.
It did not take long for USA to open the score, with Aaron Davis scoring the first of two first-half tries when diving in the left corner. Will Magie kicked a long up-and-under and the Brazil defence was pinned closed to their goal line and lost the ball in a ruck. The ball was spun from right to left and Davis was at the end of the passing to touch down. Magie failed with the difficult kick.
Brazil struggled to get any control of the ball throughout the game and their defence generated too many penalties. Lock Luis Vieira was sinbinned in the fourteenth minute yet the Eagles were unable to score in the period. Centre JP Eloff showed all his ability and speed for the Eagles’ second try after. He was able to run around two defenders and then ran away from the last line of defence to extend the lead.
The second half opened in similar fashion and the Eagles crashed for a third try when flanker Tony Lamborn was at the back of a recycled ball. Brazil’s lack of possession was so evident that when USA was penalised on the half-way line, Moisés Duque aimed and delivered a great 50-meter penalty to score their only points. Close to the hour mark, again from the back of a maul came the bonus-point try scored by reserve Cam Dolan.
Brazil had two scrums five-yards away from the Eagles try-line and came very close to scoring but in the second, fullback Mike Te’o turned attack into defence with an intercept that saved his team.
Twenty-five year old Tony Lamborn scored his second try after quick passing under pressure, which gave the flanker a short run to the try. Reserve flyhalf Ben Cima added the conversion. With ten minutes left, USA raised the big crowd with good play and three more tries. A tapped penalty in their own half, saw wing Nate Augspurger run fifty yards before offloading to Mike Te’o for the Eagles sixth try. Two minutes later, Bryce Campbell scored under a post after intercepting a pass 65 metres away, and in the last move, Peter Tiberio scored. Cima got, with the last kick, his fourth conversion, for his team to cross the 50-point mark.
USA: 1 Ben Tarr 2 JAMES HILTERBRAND (C) 3 Dino Waldren 4 Nate Brakeley 5 Nick Civetta 6 John Quill 7 Tony Lamborn 8 Al McFarland 9 Shaun Davies 10 Will Magie 11 Nate Augspurger 12 JP Eloff 13 Bryce Campbell 14 Spike Davis 15 Mike Te’o BENCH: 16 Peter Malcolm 17 Anthony Purpura 18 Chris Baumann 19 Cam Dolan 20 Todd Clever 21 Ben Cima 22 Peter Tiberio 23 Deion Mikesell
SCORERS T: Davis, Eloff, Lamborn (2), Dolan, Te'o, Campbell, Tiberio C: Cima (4) P: Magie
BRAZIL: 1 Jonatas Paulo 2 Yan Rosetti 3 Wilton Rebolo 4 Luiz Vieira 5 Lucas Piero 6 João Luiz da Ros 7 André Arruda 8 NICK SMITH (C) 9 Matheus Cruz 10 Josh Reeves 11 Stefano Giantorno 12 Moisés Duque 13 Felipe Sancery 14 De Wet van Niekerk 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Daniel Danielewicz 17 Caíque Silva 18 Pedro Bengaló 19 Diego López 20 Arthur Bergo 21 Beukes Cremer 22 Luan Smanio 23 Guilherme Coghetto
SCORERS P: Duque Vieira
Referee: Kurt Weaver (USAR)
CANADA 36 - 15 CHILE
Westhills Stadium, Langford BC - Saturday 11 February 2017
KO: 17:00 HT: 17-3
CANADA won their first game in this second Americas Rugby Championship, beating Chile 36-15, with Taylor Paris scoring three of his sides five tries. The Chileans worked hard but overall a focused home side deserved the win in a much-better performance than the one managed a week earlier in a snowed field.
On a perfect pitch and weather conditions at the same Westhills Stadium, in Langford, the Canadians enjoyed the bonus-point win in front of a loud full ground. Chile surprised everybody with their committed play in the opening quarter. Wing Tomás Ianzeewski kicked a seventh minute penalty to show for the pressure they put the home side under.
It took almost twenty minutes for the Canadians to score their first try, with Taylor Paris touching down after swift ball movement from a scrum, two minutes after Chile’s Francisco Cruz had been sin-binned. Captain Gordon McRorie added a penalty on the 30th minute and Paris got his first-half brace after he kicked ahead and collected a loose ball after weird bounce.
Paris, who in the last move of the first half thought he’d got his hat-trick when referee called him back for an earlier infringement was unstoppable when given his first opportunity in the second half. Centre Nick Blevins put him in with minimum space in a position to run for the try. He certainly took it.
Chile came close to scoring in the 57th minute and referee Derek Summers needed a second opinion to rule that the ball had not been grounded. They did not give in and a couple of moves later, they scored their first of two tries, with loose forward Eduardo Orpis crashing from close range.
Replacement back George Barton will never forget his Canadian test debut as he scored from the first ball he handled, going through a defensive wall from close to the try line and giving his team a deserved bonus point.
The Chileans took their second try scoring opportunity in a rare venture in the visiting half. Replacement Rodrigo Fernández flying through some loose defence.
With the last attacking opportunity, winger Dan Moor closed the scoring; the ball was spun from side to side and the absence of a Chile’s third sin-binned player, José Ignacio Larenas.
CANADA: 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Benoît Pifféro 3 Matt Tierney 4 Conor Keys 5 Liam Chisholm 6 Lucas Rumball 7 Ollie Nott 8 Admir Cejvanovic 9 GORDON MCRORIE (C) 10 Gradyn Bowd 11 Taylor Paris 12 Guiseppe du Toit 13 Nick Blevins 14 Dan Moor 15 Brock Staller BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Rob Brouwer 18 Cole Keith 19 Reegan O’Gorman 20 Matt Beukeboom 21 Phil Mack 22 Robbie Povey 23 George Barton
SCORERS T: Paris (3), Barton, Moor C: McRorie (2), Povey (2) P: McRorie
CHILE: 1 Vittorio Lastra 2 Rodrigo Moya 3 José Tomás Munita 4 Nikola Bursic 5 Mario Mayol 6 Arturo Seeman 7 Anton Petrowitsch 8 BENJAMÍN SOTO (C) 9 Jan Hasenlechner 10 Francisco Cruz 11 Tomás Ianiszewski 12 Simón Pardakhty 13 José Ignacio Larenas 14 Franco Velarde 15 Pedro Verschae BENCH: 16 Martín Mendoza 17 Claudio Zamorano 18 Gonzalo Martínez 19 Manuel Dagnino 20 Eduardo Orpis 21 Juan Pablo Larenas 22 Jorge Castillo 23 Rodrigo Fernández
SCORERS T: Orpis, Fernández C: Ianiszewski P: Ianiszewski Cruz, Soto, Larenas
Referee: Juan Sylvestre (UAR)
ARGENTINA XV 57 - 12 URUGUAY
Estádio Villa Mitre, Bahía Blanca - Saturday 11 February 2017
KO: 19:10 HT: 24-7
ARGENTINA XV were too strong for Uruguay in Bahía Blanca, winning 57-12, scoring nine tries and taking full advantage of twenty minutes in which Uruguay were down to fourteen players due to two yellow cards. Scrumhalf Sebastián Cancelliere scored a hat-trick and number eight Santiago Montagner a brace to temporarily take the lead in the second edition of the Americas Rugby Championship.
Notwithstanding Argentina XV’s superiority, Uruguay opened the score from a scrum close to the halfway; a simple pass from captain Alejandro Nieto to Santiago Arata confused the defenders and the speed of the nippy scrumhalf gave him an unchallenged run under the posts, giving Germán Albanell an easy conversion.
Not to be undone, two minutes later Argentina XV scrumhalf Sebastián Cancelliere tap-kicked a penalty close to the Uruguay and was unstoppable from close, pushing through a handful of tackles. Domingo Miotti equalled with his first goal.
After Miotti missed an easy penalty, Uruguay was reduced to fourteen men when Mateo Sanguinetti late charged Segundo Tuculet after a kick. It only took until the first scrum for Argentina to score their second try. Although Los Teros had won the scrum, when Nieto tried to attack, Cancelliere stole the ball from under his arms to score and unconverted try.
Flyhalf Miotti, who unlike a week earlier, was not as accurate with his goal-kicking in the first half, added five points with his try, two minutes before the half-hour mark. This season’s first bonus point was secured by Argentina XV seven minutes later when hooker Marcelo Brandi scored after an attack from deep within his half, after a good run from full-back Bautista Delguy.
Uruguay came back from the break hungry and after an attack through the blind, in which good work from Nicolás Freitas was crucial, as he made the last break and off-loaded to de Freitas who scored the unconverted try.
It did not take too long for the home side to reply with Cancelliere securing his hat-trick. A lineout move gave the number 9 space to score. Miotti added the goal before the halfback partners were replaced.
A second sin-bin for Uruguay opened again the tryline for Argentina. Soon after winger Freitas was out of the field, replacement number eight Santiago Montagner scored in the corner. Born in Bahía Blanca, centre Santiago Álvarez got is opportunity under the posts in the 58th minute to stretch even further the scoreline.
Olympian Fernando Luna scored and converted his own try to reach fifty points ten minutes from fulltime.
Argentina XV continued to attack despite the clear advantage and were rewarded with a last minute try by Montagner, his second in the game, to close the scoreline.
ARGENTINA XV: 1 Francisco Ferronato 2 Marcelo Brandi 3 Santiago Medrano 4 Pedro Ortega 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 Mariano Romanini 7 LAUTARO BAVARO (C) 8 Tomás de la Vega 9 Sebastián Cancelliere 10 Domingo Miotti 11 Julián Domínguez 12 Juan Cappiello 13 Santiago Álvarez 14 Segundo Tuculet 15 Bautista Delguy BENCH: 16 Axel Zapata 17 Eduardo Bello 18 Alejo Brem 19 Franco Molina 20 Santiago Montagner 21 Lautaro Bazán 22 Tomás Granella 23 Fernando Luna
SCORERS T: Cancelliere (3), Miotti, Brandi, Montagner (2), Alvarez, Luna C: Miotti (3), Granella, Luna (2)
URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Martín Espiga 3 Juan Echeverría 4 Ignacio Dotti 5 Diego Magno 6 Rodolfo Garese 7 Gonzalo Soto 8 ALEJANDO NIETO (C) 9 Santiago Arata 10 Germán Albanell 11 Francisco Berchesi 12 Juan de Freitas 13 Juan Manuel Cat 14 Nicolás Freitas 15 Rodrigo Silva BENCH: 16 Facundo Gattas 17 Matías Benítez 18 Felipe Inciarte 19 Diego Ayala 20 Manuel Diana 21 Guillermo Lijtenstein 22 Lucas Durán 23 Ignacio García
SCORERS T: Arata, de Freitas C: Albanell Samu, Freitas
Referee: Damian Schneider (UAR)
CANADA 34 - 51 USA
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby BC - Saturday 18 February 2017
KO: 17:00 HT: 15-25
THE USA Eagles conclusively beat Canada 51-34 at Vancouver’s Swangard Stadium and with their bonus-point win are currently joint leaders of the Americas Rugby Championship with Argentina XV, who earlier in the day beat Chile. This was their fifth consecutive win against neighbours Canada in a most entertaining match in which the home side earned a bonus point after scoring five tries.
It did not take long for the Eagles to show their intentions as their first two tries were scored within the opening four minutes, both in the same corner and in similar fashion from great attacking movements. Ryan Matyas scored the first one after quick hands put him in whilst from a stolen lineout three minutes later, fullback Mike Te’o ran through a gap to, after 40 metres, dive in the corner. Continuing to dominate the early exchanges, flyhalf Will Magie kicked a long-range penalty to go to 15-0 within ten minutes before the home side even got warmed-up.
Flyhalf Robbie Povey missed a penalty with his first kick but in the next move generated a great break to pass to Taylor Paris whose nose for the try-line was spot on. Eight minutes later, after a couple of attacking scrums, Phil Mack showed his strength and speed to run through three tackles from the back of a scrum to touch down close to the posts to give an easy conversion to Robbie Povey, who cut the 15-0 USA lead to only 15-12.
Shaun Davies extended the lead by three with a penalty only for Povey to kick his second three-pointer. And when Canadian captain Ray Barkwill failed to close his arms in tackling Todd Clever, he was sin binned. From a kickable position the Eagles chose to attack and within one minute put prop Anthony Purpura in for a converted try to go to the break with a deserved, yet uncomfortable, 25-15 lead.
After the break, USA again showed their hunger and before Canada was back to fifteen, got their bonus-point try. Will Magie placed a great cross-kick which Nate Augspurger won in the air, tapping back for fullback Te’o to score his second five-pointer. It was a costly sinbin for the home side. A line and maul brought a fifth try for the Eagles, with Davis adding the transformation.
Paris, who had a nasty gash to his head in an unfortunate incident towards the end of the first half, showed his nose for the try-line in getting around the defence after being put into space from a set move from the back of a scrum. Following from a three-try game against Chile, this was his 14th test try.
Each team scored tries in quick succession, both from chip kicks – first Gradyn Bowd for Canada, soon after Mike Te’o got his hat-trick. Both were converted, with Davis’s kick being the last points in a game that 85 points scored.
CANADA: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 RAY BARKWILL (C) 3 Matt Tierney 4 Conor Keys 5 Reegan O’Gorman 6 Lucas Rumball 7 Ollie Nott 8 Admir Cejvanovic 9 Phil Mack 10 Robbie Povey 11 Taylor Paris 12 Guiseppe du Toit 13 Nick Blevins 14 Dan Moor 15 Brock Staller BENCH: 16 Benoît Pifféro 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Cole Keith 19 Liam Chisholm 20 Lucas Albornoz 21 Gordon McRorie 22 Gradyn Bowd 23 George Barton
SCORERS T: Paris (2), Maack, Barton, Cejanovic C: Povey, McRorie (2) P: Povey Barkwill
USA: 1 Anthony Purpura 2 Peter Malcolm 3 Chris Baumann 4 Nate Brakeley 5 Nick Civetta 6 TODD CLEVER (C) 7 Tony Lamborn 8 Cam Dolan 9 Shaun Davies 10 Will Magie 11 Nate Augspurger 12 JP Eloff 13 Bryce Campbell 14 Ryan Matyas 15 Mike Te’o BENCH: 16 James Hilterbrand 17 Dino Waldren 18 Ben Tarr 19 Siaosi Mahoni 20 John Quill 21 David Tameilau 22 Ben Cima 23 Spike Davis
SCORERS T: Matyas, Te'o (3), Purpura, Clever, Quill C: Davies (5) P: Magie, Davies
Referee: Damián Schneider (UAR)
CHILE 10 - 45 ARGENTINA XV
Estádio CAP Talcahuano, Concepción - Saturday 18 February 2017
KO: 18:00 HT: 3-17
ARGENTINA XV secured the top place after three rounds in the American Rugby Championship with the 45-10 win against Chile, in Talcahuano.
Two tries in the opening half spoke about the commitment of the home side to defence; Argentina was unable to play the expansive game they are aiming for and even their four-try second half effort was below the standard they set for themselves. The Cóndores effort was rewarded with a try in the 67th minute and they will take a lot out of this game, more so after their defensive effort.
Chile dominated the opening ten minutes, not allowing the eventual winners to generate any real momentum. It was home fly-half Jorge Castillo who opened the scores with a penalty to deservedly lead early in the game; had the ball stuck to hand, an intercept try was in the offing, but luck was on Argentina’s side.
It took until the 14th minute for Argentina XV to get any real momentum and when they managed to control possession they scored the first try through captain Juan Cappiello whose simple final run came after a series of well executed phases. Juan Cruz González in his first game of the season added the conversion and soon after a penalty to stretch the lead. There was a lot of stubbornness on both sides – Chile in not allowing their visitors any space to score; Argentina XV in failing to understand what was need to break a well-oiled defence.
Los Cóndores did not offer much in term of attack and Argentina XV did not even take full advantage of having an extra player after prop Claudio Zamorano was sinbinned. Two knock-ons and a wrong decision prevented certain tries yet in the last move of the opening half, and after playing for almost 20 minutes in Chile’s half, fullback Fernando Luna managed to break the last line of defence for a try which González turned into goal to take his side to the break leading 17-3.
It took five minutes for Argentina XV to score the second half’s first try, with prop Nicolás Solveyra touching down after control and patience generated space. At 24-3, Chile continued to fight hard in the breakdown but as soon as an opportunity arose for winger Germán Schulz to attack a prop, he escaped and passed to replacement Delguy for the bonus-point try. Inside centre Bruno Devoto ended a good counterattack from deep in his field for the fifth, converted, try.
The crowd at the CAP Talcahuano Stadium erupted in the 67th minute when fullback Rodrigo Fernández ran almost 50 metres for their only try, converted by Francisco González Moller.
Having used the whole bench, Argentina XV was forced to play the final ten minutes with fourteen players after flanker Francisco Gorrissen was assisted off the field with a leg injury. Two minutes later, numbers were evened when Zamorano was sin-binned – this being his second in the game, \ was duly red carded. Devoto scored his second try from a tapped penalty close to the Chilean goal line. Luna converted to close the score.
CHILE: 1 Claudio Zamorano 2 Manuel Gurruchaga 3 Gonzalo Martínez 4 Mario Mayol 5 Nelson Calderón 6 Cristóbal Niedmann 7 Anton Petrowitsch 8 Benjamín Soto 9 Juan Pablo Larenas 10 Jorge Castillo 11 Martín Verschae 12 Ricardo Sifri 13 JOSÉ IGNACIO LARENAS (C) 14 Martín Fernández 15 Rodrigo Fernández BENCH: 16 Martín Mendoza 17 Sebastián Valech 18 José Tomás Munita 19 Manuel Dagnino 20 Eduardo Orpis 21 Sergio Bascuñan 22 Francisco González Moller 23 Mauricio Urrutia
SCORERS T: Fernández C: González Moller P: Castillo Zamorano Zamorano
ARGENTINA XV: 1 Nicolás Solveyra 2 Axel Zapata 3 Eduardo Bello 4 Franco Molina 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 Francisco Gorrissen 7 Santiago Montagner 8 Rodrigo Bruni 9 Lautaro Bazán 10 Juan Cruz González 11 Germán Schulz 12 Bruno Devoto 13 JUAN CAPPIELLO (C) 14 Santiago Álvarez 15 Fernando Luna BENCH: 16 Marcelo Brandi 17 Francisco Ferronato 18 Alejo Brem 19 Pedro Ortega 20 Lautaro Bavaro 21 Sebastián Cancelliere 22 Tomás Granella 23 Bautista Delguy
SCORERS T: Cappiello, Luna, Solveyra, Delguy, Devoto (2) C: González (3), Luna (3) P: González
Referee: Ricardo Sant’Anna (CBru)
URUGUAY 23 - 12 BRAZIL
Estádio Domingo Burgueño, Maldonado - Saturday 18 February 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 15-6
URUGUAY celebrated their first win in the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship with a well-earned 23-12 win against Brazil in the Campus de Maldonado. Their bonus-try win was based on the solidity of a pack that contributed the first three tries.
The Brazilians found it hard to handle the pressure the home side put them under and only managed to score through the efficient Moisés Duque who with four penalties managed his points, yet their defence allowed them to keep the score close.
It was Duque who opened the scoring with a penalty, the first of two in the opening half. They came in the opening ten minutes as they took the game to the opposition. That was as much as Os Tupis managed in attack, with Los Teros controlling the breakdown and playing a more offensive game.
Lock Diego Ayala scored his team’s first try in the sixth minute, followed ten minutes later by his fellow lock Ignacio Dotti scoring the second after Brazil put themselves under pressure from a Uruguayan long kick. Alejandro Nieto was named as the scorer in the 40th minute try, but the number eight was at the back of a scrum that moved forward with control and strength, the homeside ahead 15-6 going into the break..
The workaholic Santiago Arata, fresh from scoring a week earlier against Argentina XV, got the bonus-point try in the 45th minute after a break that was carried by flanker Gonzalo Soto before passing to the scrumhalf to score close to the post. Germán Albanell certainly forgot his kicking boots as he failed with his fourth consecutive kick at goal. He did redeem himself five minutes later with a long penalty.
Despite having little possession throughout, Brazil worked very hard in defence and even down to fourteen men – hooker Daniel Danielewicz was sinbinned in the 66th – Los Teros were unable to score in the last thirty minutes.
URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Martín Espiga 3 Mario Sagario 4 Ignacio Dotti 5 Diego Ayala 6 JUAN MANUEL GAMINARA (C) 7 Gonzalo Soto 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Santiago Arata 10 Germán Albanell 11 Nicolás Freitas 12 Andrés Vilaseca 13 Juan Manuel Cat 14 Leandro Leivas 15 Rodrigo Silva BENCH: 16 Facundo Gattas 17 Matías Benítez 18 Juan Echeverría 19 Lorenzo Surraco 20 Juan Diego Ormaechea 21 Guillermo Lijtenstein 22 Gastón Gibernau 23 Manuel Diana
SCORERS T: Ayala, Dotti, Nieto, Arata P: Albanell
BRAZIL: 1 Wilton Rebolo 2 Daniel Danielewicz 3 Pedro Bengaló 4 Lucas Piero 5 Diego López 6 Matheus Daniel 7 Cléber Dias 8 NICK SMITH (C) 9 Matheus Cruz 10 Josh Reeves 11 De Wet van Niekerk 12 Moisés Duque 13 Felipe Sancery 14 Robert Tenório 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Endy Willian 17 Vitor Ancina 18 Matheus Rocha 19 André Arruda 20 João Luiz da Ros 21 Beukes Cremer 22 Luan Smanio 23 Ariel Rodrigues
SCORERS P: Duque (4) Danielwicz
Referee: Pablo De Luca (UAR)
ARGENTINA XV 79 - 7 BRAZIL
Estádio Municipal Agustín Pichot, Ushuaia - Saturday 25 February 2017
KO: 17:40 HT: 22-7
ARGENTINA XV and the USA Eagles will play for the Americas Rugby Championship next Saturday after both teams won their fourth consecutive matches. Whilst USA beat Chile 57-9 in Santiago, Argentina XV beat the Brazilians 79-7, twelve tries to one, in the southernmost rugby venue in the world, at the Agustín Pichot Ground in Ushuaia.
Although the outcome was never in doubt, Brazil played some of its best rugby in this tournament, in the first half when they broke the Pumas for a try, two other try-scoring opportunities were thwarted by last-ditch tackles.
With a sizeable crowd in a ground surrounded by mountains and the Beagle Channel, Argentina XV started with an early try – scrumhalf Sebastián Cancelliere touching down from a turned over ball in the second minute.
Os Tupis came to play and three minutes later took the lead from a very well executed try. From a lineout, flyhalf Joshua Reeves passed to Felipe Sancery who offloaded after a very good break for Moisés Duque to score in the tackle. His conversion put his team in front, if only briefly. These would be the only points scored by Brazil.
Fly-half Domingo Miotti kicked a penalty on the twelfth minute and six minutes later, club-mates Germán Schulz and Franco Brarda combined for Argentina’s second try even if there was a knock-on unspotted by match officials. Brazil were at the time down to fourteen, with captain Nick Smith in the bin.
Twice Brazil came close to scoring tries, but it was former Puma Tomás de la Vega who, again from a turnover, would score a five-pointer to enable his side to go to the break leading 22-7.
It did not take long for the home side to score again as Brazil was down to 14 almost as soon as the second half started. With seconds, from a rolling maul, hooker Marcelo Brandi emerged as the scorer. It was the first of nine tries in the last 40 minutes.
The try-scoring floodgates opened and in similar fashion, de la Vega scored his second and within four minutes wing Germán Schulz, an Olympian in Rio 2016, intercepted a pass to run half the length of the field to stretch the score to 41-7 after the goal from Tomás Granella. Canceliere scored his brace with fullback Emiliano Boffelli, in his first game in nine months, offloading to send his scrumhalf in. The eighth Argentine try was scored by lock Ignacio Larrague, crashing through after a quick tapped penalty.
Even if Brazil struggled with the strength of the home side, and a weather pattern unknown to them, going from sun, to wind, to rain all within the game, when they had a sniff of a ball they still tried to attack despite the hardships endured.
The most celebrated try was scored by Emiliano Boffelli who counterattack from deep and evaded four tackles showing the promise he had before his knee injury. He is on the return trail before joining Jaguares, the local Super Rugby outfit. Juan Cappiello and Lautaro Bazán Vélez, twice, completed the try-scoring for a solid win.
ARGENTINA XV: 1 Franco Brarda 2 Marcelo Brandi 3 Alejo Brem 4 Pedro Ortega 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 Mariano Romanini 7 LAUTARO BAVARO (C) 8 Tomás de la Vega 9 Sebastián Cancelliere 10 Domingo Miotti 11 Franco Cuaranta 12 Tomás Granella 13 Segundo Tuculet 14 Germán Schulz 15 Juan Cruz González BENCH: 16 Gaspar Baldunciel 17 Facundo Gigena 18 Santiago Medrano 19 Franco Molina 20 Rodrigo Bruni 21 Lautaro Bazán 22 Juan Cappiello 23 Emiliano Boffelli
SCORERS T: Cancelliere (2), Brada, de la Vega (2), Brandi, Schultz, Larrague, Bazán Vélez (2), Boffelli, Cappiello C: Miotti (3), Granella (4), Boffelli P: Miotti Medrano
BRAZIL: 1 Wilton Rebolo 2 Yan Rosetti 3 Caíque Silva 4 Gabriel Paganini 5 Diego López 6 João Luiz da Ros 7 André Arruda 8 NICK SMITH (C) 9 Matheus Cruz 10 Josh Reeves 11 De Wet van Niekerk 12 Moisés Duque 13 Felipe Sancery 14 Ariel Rodrigues 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Daniel Danielewicz 17 Vitor Ancina 18 Pedro Bengaló 19 Lucas Piero 20 Matheus Daniel 21 Beukes Cremer 22 Luan Smanio 23 Robert Tenório
SCORERS T: Duque C: Duque Smith, Paganini
Referee: Claudio Cattivelli (URU)
CHILE 9 - 57 USA
Estádio CAP, Talcahuano - Saturday 25 February 2017
KO: 18:00 HT: 6-17
THE USA Eagles will travel to Comodoro Rivadavia for the final weekend challenge against Argentina XV with a clear shot of winning the second Americas Rugby, after maintain their unbeaten record and leaving Santiago with another big win, 57–9 against Chile.
Strong number eight Cameron Dolan was to score the game’s first try in the 23rd minute. A minute earlier Chile had lost scrumhalf Sergio Bascuñán to the bin for repeated infringements. An attacking lineout was lost giving the home side space for an attack that took them to the Eagles’ half. After losing the ball, what was a strong defence until then became disorganised and with the Eagles attacking from deep, space appeared until the strong number eight, received the long pass from fellow loose forward Tony Lamborn to touch down under the posts.
Despite controlling possession, USA could not turn the extra man into further points. Their second try arrived with the Cóndores back to full force. Using the strength of a bigger pack of forwards they forced their way to the five-pointer, Lamborn the try scorer. Ben Cima again proved his worth as a goalkicker adding his second conversion to an earlier penalty.
Chile was never in a try-scoring position and spent most of the opening half in defence. Their six points came through the boot of fly-half Francisco González’s two penalties, in the 17th and 33rd minute for a half time score of 6-17.
The Chileans came back for the second half full of energy and came within a couple of metres of scoring, but from an illegal position Bryce Campbell stole the ball, earning a yellow card. Only a penalty goal from González came from the period with an extra player.
In fact, USA would score two tries in the next ten minutes, as their superior fitness started to kick-in. Locks David Tameilau first, a minute after coming on as a replacement, and Matt Jensen three minutes later scored, ensuring the four-tries bonus point.
With Chile again down to fourteen players it took ten minutes for the Eagles fifth try – Todd Clever running onto a well-timed Will Magie, scoring despite suffering some kind of muscle strain.
With five minutes to play, Lambord scored his second try when he intercepted a pass from a Chilean defensive lineout to run unopposed. Unable to contain their opponents, Chile suffered two more tries, replacement hooker Peter Malcolm running as a back for both. However, the Eagles will look back at a number of missed scoring opportunities despite their eight tries, and will have to significantly step up their game to beat the Argentina XV.
CHILE: 1 Vittorio Lastra 2 MANUEL GURRUCHAGA (C) 3 José Tomás Munita 4 Mario Mayol 5 Nikola Bursic 6 Arturo Seeman 7 Anton Petrowitsch 8 Manuel Dagnino 9 Sergio Bascuñan 10 Francisco González Moller 11 Tomás Ianiszewski 12 Simón Pardakhty 13 Franco Velarde 14 Matías Contreras 15 Pablo Verschae BENCH: 16 Rodrigo Moya 17 Sebastián Valech 18 Ernesto Ugarte 19 Nelson Calderón 20 Eduardo Orpis 21 Beltrán Vergara 22 Jorge Castillo 23 Mauricio Urrutia
SCORERS P: González Moller (3) Bascuñan, Pardakhty
USA: 1 Ben Tarr 2 James Hilterbrand 3 Chris Baumann 4 Matt Jensen 5 Siaosi Mahoni 6 Todd Clever 7 Tony Lamborn 8 Cam Dolan 9 Shaun Davies 10 Ben Cima 11 NATE AUGSPURGER (C) 12 JP Eloff 13 Bryce Campbell 14 Spike Davis 15 Mike Te’o BENCH: 16 Peter Malcolm 17 Anthony Purpura 18 Olive Kilifi 19 Hanco Germishuys 20 David Tameilau 21 Will Magie 22 Calvin Whiting 23 Andrew Turner
SCORERS T: Dolan, Lamborn (2), Tameilau, Jensen, Clever, Malcolm (2) C: Cima (7) P: Cima Campbell
Referee: Ricardo Sant’Anna (CBRu)
URUGUAY 17-13 CANADA
Estádio Charrúa, Montevideo - Saturday 25 February 2017
KO: 20:00 HT: 17-3
URUGUAY celebrated their second win ever against Canada, beating them 17-13 at home in the Campus de Maldonado. After dominating the first half, they had to endure some nerve-wracking final minutes in which Canada were within a converted try of a win.
Both teams showed their hunger from the start, with the referee twice within the first five minutes needing to calm players down as minor scuffles broke. Although Canadian captain Gordon McRorie kicked an early penalty, Los Teros dominated the first half opting to keep the ball alive, using the full width of the field and being adventurous. After a Germán Albanell penalty, that domination was rewarded with a try from wing Leandro Leivas who chased his own kick ahead and beat fullback Brock Staller to score.
Staller was sent to the bin in the 24th minute after hitting kicker Juan Manuel Cat in the air. Uruguay opted to go to the corner with the penalty and when the maul was brought down illegally, referee Derek Summers awarded the first seven-point penalty try in test-rugby – no kick at goal was needed to stretch the led for the home side to 17-3, where the half ended after McRorie missed a penalty from a kickable position.
McRorie did get a penalty on the 49th minute in a penalty that also generated a yellow card to Germán Albanell. Canada had returned from the break with a new attitude and Los Teros seemed to be trying to defend the lead rather than aiming to stretch it. That the Canadians did not score more points was down to their own inability to keep the ball in hand.
Having introduced the ball into his first scrum, halfback, Phil Mack made a break from which Admir Cejvanovic dropped with the try-line at his mercy. Unable to control a ball in a humid night, a number of opportunities were missed by both teams, making the second half strewn with errors for both sides. Rather than keeping the ball in hand, Uruguay kicked – sometimes for position, others aimlessly, losing control of the game.
Canada got a second penalty through Brock Staller which he missed but he would convert Conor Trainor’s 74th minute try. With six minutes left, and with a player down after their flanker Franco Lamanna was also sin-binned, Uruguay closed the game down, squeezing time and controlling the ball in those nerve-wracking final minutes for their much-celebrated win.
URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Martín Espiga 3 Juan Echeverría 4 Ignacio Dotti 5 Diego Ayala 6 JUAN MANUEL GAMINARA (C) 7 Franco Lamanna 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Santiago Arata 10 Germán Albanell 11 Nicolás Freitas 12 Andrés Vilaseca 13 Juan Manuel Cat 14 Leandro Leivas 15 Rodrigo Silva BENCH: 16 Facundo Gattas 17 Matías Benítez 18 Mario Sagario 19 Juan Diego Ormaechea 20 Diego Magno 21 Guillermo Lijtenstein 22 Gastón Gibernau 23 Gastón Mieres
SCORERS T: Leivas, PT C: Albanell (2) P: Albanell Albanell, Lamanna
CANADA: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Matt Tierney 4 Brett Beukeboom 5 Reegan O’Gorman 6 Clay Panga 7 Lucas Rumball 8 Admir Cejvanovic 9 GORDON MCRORIE (C) 10 Robbie Povey 11 Kainoa Lloyd 12 Nick Blevins 13 Conor Trainor 14 Dan Moor 15 Brock Staller BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Cole Keith 19 Liam Chisholm 20 Matt Beukeboom 21 Phil Mack 22 Gradyn Bowd 23 Guiseppe du Toit
SCORERS T: Trainor C: Staller P: McRorie (2) Staller
Referee: Derek Summers (USAR)
BRAZIL 24 - 23 CANADA
Pacaembu Stadium, São Paulo - Friday 03 March 2017
KO: 19:15 HT: 17-14
BRAZIL enjoyed another historic evening at São Paulo’s Pacaembú Stadium after beating Canada in the final round of the Americas Rugby Championship by the minimum margin in a game that will go into the country’s sporting folklore. The 24-23 win showed the best of Os Tupís’ game, with their ambition proving crucial as they scored a try with two minutes to play to take the lead against a Canadian side that could have well taken the win. The Nick Smith captain side scored three tries against the visitors two, with Moisés Duque again hurting the visitors with a try, three goals and one penalty.
The Brazilians will finish the second Americas Rugby Championship in fourth place, overtaking Canada with this win. Even if both teams finished with eight tournament points, Os Tupís won two games, including the game against Canada. This settled, Uruguay will finish third despite the outcome of Saturday’s game and Chile is unable to finish higher than sixth.
Fullback Daniel Sancery showed all his power and speed to score the game’s opening try, outstretching the defence a minute before the ten-minute mark. He had showed earlier that the heavy rain was not going to impede his attacking skills, and when the opportunity came he broke through the Canadian defence to run in for the try which, after hitting the upright, Moisés Duque converted.
It did not take long for Canada to reply – four tackles were broken by inside centre Nick Blevins before touching down after his team managed to control a slippery ball over a few phases. Gordon McRorie, who had earlier missed a simple penalty, added the conversion.
Despite foul weather, the scoreboard kept moving as two minutes later, Duque added a penalty. His boot was kept busy as he tried a long-range drop-goal and a penalty, two kicks that sailed close to the posts. Scrumhalf and captain Gordon McRorie showed all his efficiency to add seven points – from a lineout close to the 20-metre mark, he attacked through the tail and a half-tackle was broken before scoring a try he easily converted.
Soon after, Brazil scored one of the tries of the Americas Rugby Championship. Attacking from a lineout, the ball was passed to the other touch and fullback Sancery passed in the tackle to the supporting Moisés Duque to score in the corner. His kick was successful putting his team again in the lead four minutes before halftime.
The game was relentless and McRorie kicking a penalty to draw the game in the 47th minute, and going into the lead seven minutes later with a second penalty was kept active. He continued with his 18-point haul even after moving to fly-half as he slotted his team’s first drop-goal of the ARC and getting his personal full-house. A small fracas resulted in yellow cards for Brett Beukeboom and Diego López, meaning both teams finished the game with fourteen players.
Spurred by the more than 4,000 spectators, Brazil failed to give in and despite sharing possession with the Canadians in the final minutes, managed a break, after a great run from mobile hooker Yann Rossetti who passed to winger Lucas Tranquez in the tackle for a deserved try closed to the posts.
Moisés Duque, as he had a year ago against the USA Eagles, was given the opportunity to give his side an historic, deserved, win against a higher-ranked team. His conversion put them in the lead 24-23 with a couple of minutes to play. They gave no opportunities to the Canadians and their joyous, loud, celebration showed how important it was for them to take another big win.
BRAZIL: 1 Jonatas Paulo 2 Yan Rosetti 3 Pedro Bengaló 4 Lucas Piero 5 Luiz Vieira 6 André Arruda 7 Arthur Bergo 8 NICK SMITH (C) 9 Lucas Duque 10 Josh Reeves 11 Lucas Tranquez 12 Moisés Duque 13 Felipe Sancery 14 Ariel Rodrigues 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Luan Almeida 17 Wilton Rebolo 18 Matheus Rocha 19 Diego López 20 João Luiz da Ros 21 Matheus Cruz 22 Matheus Cláudio 23 Stefano Giantorno
SCORERS T: Sancery, Duque, Tranquez C: Duque (3) P: Duque Lopez
CANADA: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 Eric Howard 3 Matt Tierney 4 Brett Beukeboom 5 Liam Chisholm 6 Matt Beukeboom 7 Lucas Rumball 8 Admir Cejvanovic 9 GORDON MCRORIE (C) 10 Gradyn Bowd 11 Rory McDonell 12 Nick Blevins 13 Conor Trainor 14 Dan Moor 15 Guiseppe du Toit BENCH: 16 Ray Barkwill 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Cole Keith 19 Reegan O’Gorman 20 Clay Panga 21 Phil Mack 22 George Barton 23 Brock Staller
SCORERS T: Blevins, McRorie C: McRorie (2) P: McRorie (2) DG: McRorie Beukeboom
Referee: Damián Schneider (UAR)
URUGUAY 45 - 14 CHILE
Estádio Charrúa, Montevideo - Saturday 04 March 2017
KO: 16:00 HT: 24-9
LOS TEROS confirmed their third place finish in the second Americas Rugby Championship after beating Chile 45-14 at the Charrúa Stadium in Montevideo. Their record of three wins and two losses this season showed the team’s progress in a year in which they need to win the South American Championship if they are to move through the Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying process. Chile remained winless this ARC.
After the passionate singing of both national anthems, the opening quarter brought little excitement as neither team produced anything to write home about, the score was only broken by a long-range penalty by Chilean flyhalf Francisco González Moller, who a minute earlier had missed with his first kick from the half-way line.
Uruguay seemed to wake up and at the first opportunity, made a deep attack and what could have been a try-scoring pass from scrumhalf Guillermo Liejtenstein was illegally stopped by González Moller. His sinbin gave the instant opportunity for Germán Albanell to slot the easy equaliser. Six minutes later, after Los Teros had sped up proceedings, they took their first try after a maul from a lineout. Prop Juan Echeverría emerged as the scorer, with Albanell adding the extra two points.
Chile struck back with a penalty from Tomás Ianiszewski, but before the visiting side was back to fifteen players, Albanell spotted extra space and chipped for wing Leandro Leivas to win the run to the ball. The flyhalf then added the goal and three minutes later, after taking an inside pass from his centre Andrés Vilaseca, put Leivas in for his second try with a long well-timed pass. It was three from three as Albanell’s conversion put his side 18 points clear. González Moller added a third penalty goal before the break, ending the half 24-9.
Unlike a week earlier against Canada, Uruguay came back hungry for more points even if it took them thirteen minutes to score the first five, having spoiled a couple of earlier opportunities. Wing Nicolás Freitas used all his power to break through the middle for his side’s fourth try close to the posts, making the conversion an easy kick for Germán Albanell.
With 20 minutes to play, wing Ianiszewski was sinbinned for a professional foul and as they had done with the earlier yellow-card, Los Teros were soon after on the scoreboard with Diego Magno taking the five points. Fullback Rodrigo Silva added the extras.
Attacking from their own half, Uruguay secured a sixth try, with Freitas getting his brace after a long run. But Uruguay went done to fourteen after Juan de Freitas was duly sinbinned.
As a consolation, Chile managed to finish with a try when both locks combined on a blind-side attack for Nikola Bursic to run twenty-five metres for his team’s only try in two games, and fourth in the ARC.
Sadly, the game finished on a sour note; after Leivas thought he had scored his hat-trick, referee Kurt Weaver had to go back and red card replacement prop Mario Sagario for a punch.
URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Martín Espiga 3 Juan Echeverría 4 Ignacio Dotti 5 Diego Magno 6 JUAN MANUEL GAMINARA (C) 7 Rodolfo Garese 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Guillermo Lijtenstein 10 Germán Albanell 11 Nicolás Freitas 12 Andrés Vilaseca 13 Juan Manuel Cat 14 Leandro Leivas 15 Rodrigo Silva BENCH: 16 Facundo Gattas 17 Matías Benítez 18 Mario Sagario 19 Diego Ayala 20 Gonzalo Soto 21 Lucas Durán 22 Gastón Mieres 23 Juan de Freitas
SCORERS T: Echeverría, Leivas (2), Freitas (2), Magno C: Albanell (4), Silva (2) P: Albanell de Freitas Sagario
CHILE: 1 Claudio Zamorano 2 MANUEL GURRUCHAGA (C) 3 José Tomás Munita 4 Mario Mayol 5 Nikola Bursic 6 Cristóbal Niedmann 7 Anton Petrowitsch 8 Benjamín Soto 9 Juan Pablo Larenas 10 Francisco González Moller 11 Tomás Ianiszewski 12 Ricardo Sifri 13 José Ignacio Larenas 14 Mauricio Urrutia 15 Rodrigo Fernández BENCH: 16 Rodrigo Moya 17 Vittorio Lastra 18 Lucas Bordigoni 19 Manuel Dagnino 20 Arturo Seeman 21 Sergio Bascuñan 22 Jorge Castillo 23 Martín Fernández
SCORERS T: Bursic P: González Moller (2), Ianiszewski González Moller, Ianiszewski
Referee: Kurt Weaver (USAR)
ARGENTINA XV 27 - 27 USA
Estádio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia - Saturday 04 March 2017
KO: 17:40 HT: 8-15
THE USA Eagles won the second Americas Rugby Championship on points differential despite drawing the final game with the last kick of the game. In an intense game at the Municipal Stadium, Comodoro Rivadavia, the Eagles scored four tries and took the bonus-point in the draw to finish the tournament on 22 points. The Eagles proved too strong in the end dominating most of the opening half and the final exchanges.
It took a couple of minutes for the Eagles to figure out they were the newly crowned champions, yet were in full celebratory mode when the trophy was presented by Sudamérica Rugby’s President Marcelo Rodríguez. Argentina XV finished second on 21 having not lost a game in the tournament, Uruguay third, fourth was Rugby Canada, fifth Brazil and sixth Chile.
Played as the final it was, the first half had USA controlling most of the exchanges despite Argentina XV scoring the first three points through the boot of Domingo Miotti. Argentine-born Ben Cima soon struck back with a 55-metre kick.
Reaching the half-hour mark, Argentina XV seemed to be in control attacking the USA final metres, when prop Chris Baumann stole the ball in a maul and the Eagles launched a counter-attack through captain Nate Augspurger. The speedy wing ran almost eighty metres before being stopped by the last Argentina XV defender; flyhalf Ben Cima, in support, took the ball and managed to scramble and score in the corner against the run of play.
Cima missed the difficult kick but converted the second Eagle try eight minutes later after the strength and experience of the pack was too much for a younger home team set of forwards. They were pushed hard and from the rolling maul, replacement lock David Tameilau emerged as the scorer.
The final minutes of the first half were spent with Los Pumas attacking the Eagles tryline. After a handful of penalties and with the clock on 44 minutes, referee Joaquín Montes awarded the homeside a penalty try when Mike Te’o forced a knock-on. The fullback-cum-wing was also sent to the bin for the first ten minutes of the second half, as the Eagles went into the break 15-8 up.
From the restart, the Eagles were soon under more pressure as Tameilau was sin-binned for stomping, leaving his side with thirteen players. Choosing to play a scrum close to the Eagles tryline, Argentine scrumhalf Sebastián Cancelliere also earned himself a yellow card for the same infringement as the USA lock only seconds later.
The flow of the game changed and the Argentinians seemed more intent in the second half. A second penalty try was awarded for repeated infringements at the scrum and the home side went took 17-15 lead; a couple of minutes later the lead was stretched with a second penalty goal from Domingo Miotti.
The game opened as the bench was used. Replacement scrumhalf Lautaro Bazán Vélez broke close to the ruck and after a long run by number eight Tomas de la Vega he passed inside to fullback Gabriel Ascarate to score under the posts for Juan Cruz González to add the extras, 27-15.
However, Argentina were unable to add anything further with six minutes remaining. The USA Eagles had other ideas and with a move that started with a long run down the left touch, ended with Cameron Dolan diving in the right corner after good hands put the strong eight-man into space. Cima failed to convert and the last few minutes became extremely intense at 27-20.
The USA were in no mood to lose, and uncertain of what could happen with the draw, still attacked relentlessly, each team with three tries apiece.
In overtime, Tameilau become the new Eagles hero scoring under the posts to make Cima’s conversion a foregone conclusion. The second consecutive draw between these two sides gave the Eagles the Americas Rugby Championship. All hail the new champions!
ARGENTINA XV: 1 Francisco Ferronato 2 Gaspar Baldunciel 3 Santiago Medrano 4 Pedro Ortega 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 Francisco Gorrissen 7 LAUTARO BAVARO (C) 8 Tomás de la Vega 9 Sebastián Cancelliere 10 Domingo Miotti 11 Julián Domínguez 12 Bruno Devoto 13 Santiago Álvarez 14 Germán Schulz 15 Gabriel Ascárate BENCH: 16 Marcelo Brandi 17 Franco Brarda 18 Eduardo Bello 19 Franco Molina 20 Santiago Montagner 21 Lautaro Bazán 22 Juan Cruz González 23 Franco Cuaranta
SCORERS T: PT (2), Ascárate C: Miotti P: Miotti (2) Cancelliere
USA EAGLES: 1 Anthony Purpura 2 James Hilterbrand 3 Chris Baumann 4 Matt Jensen 5 Siaosi Mahoni 6 John Quill 7 Tony Lamborn 8 Cam Dolan 9 Shaun Davies 10 Will Magie 11 NATE AUGSPURGER (C) 12 JP Eloff 13 Bryce Campbell 14 Mike Te’o 15 Ben Cima BENCH: 16 Peter Malcolm 17 Ben Tarr 18 Olive Kilifi 19 Hanco Germishuys 20 David Tameilau 21 Calvin Whiting 22 Ryan Matyas 23 Spike Davis
SCORERS T: Magie, Tameilau (2), Dolan C: Cima (2) P: Cima Te'o, Tameilau
Referee: Joaquín Montes (URU)