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Argentina XV Champions ARC 2016Introduction

THE Americas Rugby Championship launches to coincide with the RBS Six Nations in Europe in 2016, with Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Uruguay and the USA battling it out for the inaugural title across the six nations over five consecutive weekends in February and March.

Players will be awarded full caps for participating in the ARC, including Los Pumas who are sporting their second or ‘A’ team since the senior team are predominantly involved in the imminently starting Super Rugby competition, and will then roll directly into The Rugby Championship featuring the All Blacks, the Wallabies and the Springboks in August.

Rugby Unplugged will bring you news and results as the new tournament unfolds in the western hemisphere, which features much young upcoming talent from the Americas, but coached by internationally experienced professionals hoping to grow the youthful nations into world-class competing giants, including former All Blacks coach John Mitchell with the USA Eagles, former British & Irish Lion Phil Greening, and Canuck stalwart Jamie Cudmore who steps up to turn his hand to coaching at Rugby Canada.

 


Round 1Americas Rugby Championship Round 1 2016

ChileCHILE 25 - 22 BRAZILBrazil

CARR La Reina - Saturday 06 February 2016
KO: 18:00 HT: 20-7

CHILE opened the Americas Rugby Championship with a hard-fought 25-22 home win against a Brazilian side that played beyond its current rankings position of 42. Both sides scored three tries in a very hot and sunny afternoon at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento de Rugby, on the foothills of the Andes.

Chile v Brazil ARC2016Whilst Brazilian flyhalf David Harvery had the honour of starting the ARC and Chilean Matías Nordenflycht posted the first points with a fourth minute penalty, it was Brazilian fullback Daniel Sancery who scored the tournament’s first ever try three minutes later.

The home side, in front of 1,500 fans, took some time to find themselves, but turned around the game when wing Ítalo Zunino scored his side’s first try to take the lead. With the first half all but finished, lock Matías Cabrera stole a lineout close to Brazil’s try-line and centre Francisco de la Fuente cut inside to score untouched under the posts to take his team, after the easy goal, 20-7 to the break.

The Tupís started full of confidence and scored 10 unanswered points within six minutes. Their momentum was cut when a long run by wing José Ignacio Larenas for his sides third try seemed to give them the upper hand with a quarter of the game to play.

The Cóndores lost a ball deep in attack and the Brazilian counterattack ended in a converted try that left the scores too close for comfort. In the final seconds, as they controlled the ball well into the Chilean half, the visitors failed to score.

They will nonetheless fly home to prepare for the next game knowing that their performance was guarantee that they are not to be taken lightly.

Chilean captain Benjamín Soto said: “It was a very hard game, played in very warm conditions. The scoreboard speaks for itself; we could have won it by a bigger margin, but we’ll take the win as it was.

“This Americas Rugby Championship is the hardest tournament we’ve played in but you only get better playing against good sides.”

Brazilian captain Daniel Danielewicz said: “We could have done with a little bit more time. But we have a new style we want to play and individual mistakes were costly. Yet, we left everything on the field of play.”

CHILE: 1 Ramón Ayarza 2 Rodrigo Moya 3 Sergio de la Fuente 4 Nikola Bursic 5 Matías Cabrera 6 Cristóbal Niedmann 7 Javier Richard 8 BENJAMÍN SOTO (C) 9 Beltrán Vergara 10 Cristián Onetto 11 Ítalo Zunino 12 Francisco de la Fuente 13 Matías Nordenflycht 14 José Ignacio Larenas 15 Leonardo Montoya BENCH: 16 Tomás Dussaillant 17 Claudio Zamorano 18 Luis Sepúlveda 19 Raimundo Piwonka 20 Ignacio Silva 21 Juan Pablo Perrotta 22 Pablo Casas 23 Matías Contreras

SCORERS T: Zunino, de la Fuente, Larenas C: Nordenflycht (2) P: Nordenflycht (2)

BRAZIL: 1 Wilton Rebolo 2 Daniel Danielewicz 3 Jardel Vettorato 4 Lucas Piero 5 Luiz Gustavo Vieira 6 Mark Jackson 7 João Luiz da Ros 8 Nick Smith 9 Beukes Cremer 10 David Harvey 11 Lucas Tranquez 12 Moisés Duque 13 Felipe Sancery 14 Stefano Giantorno 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Yan Rosetti 17 Lucas Abud 18 Vitor Ancina 19 Felipe Tissot 20 Arthur Bergo 21 Martin Schaefer 22 Lucas Duque 23 Laurent Bourda-Couhet

SCORERS T: Daniel Sancery, Felipe Sancery, Tranquez C: Harvey (2) P: Harvey

Referee: Joaquín Montes (URU) Asst Referees: Francisco Saavedra, Méndez

 

USAUSA 35 - 35 ARGENTINAArgentina

BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX - Saturday 06 February 2016
KO: 19:10 HT: 21-15

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IN the most entertaining game of the opening round of the Americas Rugby Championship, USA and Argentina XV had late opportunities to snatch the win, but ended up drawing 35-all in a see-saw game that entertained the 10,200 spectators in Houston and the live coverage in most of the American continent.

In what was a great advertisement for the game, USA started strongly taking an early 13-0 lead with thirteen minutes thanks to two early James Bird penalties and the conversion to a classic Takudza Ngwenya try, who with class and speed ran around his defender to touch down in the right hand corner.

A young Argentina XV side took the same amount of time to take the lead with two different type of tries: first wing Tomás Carrió showed his quality and then captain Rodrigo Báez crashed after a few mauls; the polished boot of Domingo Miotti added the extras.

As soon as Bird had added a penalty to his tally and put his side in front, centre Joaquín Paz scored for Miotti to again convert, closing the first half with an Argentina XV 21-15 lead.

USA v Argentina XV ARC 2016The experienced Todd Clever, playing his first game for USA since 2014 found a way to his unconverted try amongst defending bodies after a maul from a lineout yet as soon as Argentina were behind they scored again through livewire scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou who caught the defence unsettled after tapping a penalty.

The Argentina XV tried to speed up things but replacement flyhalf Juan León Novillo threw a long pass which flanker Cam Dolan read perfectly; his try came after a 55-metre unopposed run. With both teams tied, Cappiello was sin-binned for a professional foul.

Prop Eric Fry’s converted try with five minutes to play seemed to settle the affair, but the plucky Argentines didn’t give in and Carrió scored his second with 60 seconds on the clock; Novillo’s conversion again drew the game 35-35.

As if more action was needed, both Bird and Novillo had opportunities to win the game with difficult penalties. Truth is, after such a game, to have a winner would have been unfair.

USA: 1 Eric Fry 2 Joseph Taufete’e 3 Chris Baumann 4 Brodie Orth 5 Greg Peterson 6 Cam Dolan 7 Todd Clever 8 David Tameilau 9 Niku Kruger 10 James Bird 11 Kingsley McGowan 12 Lemoto Filikitonga 13 Chad London 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya 15 BLAINE SCULLY (C) BENCH: 16 Mike Sosene-Feagai 17 Olive Kilifi 18 James Hilterbrand 19 Ben Landry 20 Alec Gletzer 21 JP Eloff 22 Mike Te’o 23 Jake Anderson

SCORERS T: Moor (2), Mackenzie, Blevins, Clark C: McRorie (4) Yellow Card Panga

ARGENTINA XV: 1 Roberto Tejerizo 2 Santiago Iglesias Valdez 3 Felipe Arregui 4 Marcos Kremer 5 Ignacio Larrague BENCH: 7 Lautaro Bavaro 8 Santiago Montagner 9 Gonzalo Bertranou 10 Domingo Miotti 11 Tomás Carrió 12 Joaquín Paz 13 Juan Cappiello 14 Matías Orlando 15 Ramiro Moyano BENCH: 16 Franco Brarda 17 Gaspar Baldunciel 18 Cristian Bartoloni 19 Pedro Ortega 20 José Deheza 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez 22 Juan Novillo 23 Juan Pablo Estellés

SCORERS T: PT, Nieto, Leivas C: Silva Yellow Card Sanguinetti

Referee: Chris Assmus (RC) Asst Referees: Kurt Weaver, Phil Akroyd

 

CanadaCANADA 33 - 17 URUGUAYUruguay

Westhills Stadium, Langford BC - Saturday 06 February 2016
KO: 16:00 HT: 19-7

CANADA set a marker on the Americas Rugby Championship with a solid, five-try, 33-17 win against a tough Uruguayan side that failed to ignite in great winter weather in Langford, British Columbia. With two tries from speedster Dan Moor, the home side will take a lot of positives before they face their old rivals USA in Round 2.

 

Uruguay, under new coach Esteban Meneses found the physicality of the Canadian pack hard to contain yet fought hard throughout the game even if their scoring opportunities were small. Despite this, they managed two tries and a penalty try.

Canada v Uruguay ARC 2016The Canadians opened strongly with 19 points in the first half hour and looking set for a big win. The first two tries were similar, Phil Mackenzie and then Nick Blevins took inside passes to catch the defence off-guard. The third try was a good opportunity for Dan Moor to show his speed.

The Uruguayans managed to claw back when they were awarded a penalty try in the scrum, with five minute to play in the first half. That would be the last score for thirty minutes.

With both teams strong on their defensive lines, it was only after Mateo Sanguinetti became the first ARC player to be sin-binned that Canada got their bonus point for scoring four tries. It was a remarkable moment for debutant Alistair Clark who scored with his first touch of the ball.

Uruguay replied with Carlos Nieto scoring from close range and Moor got his brace, again showing speed. Uruguay took a last opportunity when experienced winger Leandro Leivas scored on the right touchside seconds after Canada was also reduced to fourteen men because of the sin-bin to number eight Clay Panga.

Although Los Teros came within a sniff of a bonus point, Canada was not prepared to gift them a try and closed them down to gain confidence going into their next game in Texas. Uruguay will meet Brazil in Sao Paulo.

CANADA: 1 HUBERT BUYDENS (C) 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Paul Ciulini 5 Callum Morrison 6 Kyle Gilmour 7 Lucas Rumball 8 Clay Panga 9 Gordon McRorie 10 Gradyn Bowd 11 Dan Moor 12 Nick Blevins 13 Mozac Samson 14 Phil Mackenzie 15 Patrick Parfrey BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Rob Brouwer 19 Kyle Baillie 20 Alistair Clark 21 Mike Hamson 22 Andrew Ferguson 23 Duncan Maguire

SCORERS T: Ngwenya, Clever, Dolan, Fry C: Bird (3) P: Bird (3)

URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Carlos Arboleya 3 Juan Echeverría 4 Diego Magno 5 Franco Lamanna BENCH: 7 Matías Beer 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Guillermo Lijtenstein 10 Rodrigo Silva 11 Gastón Mieres 12 Alberto Román 13 Andrés Vilaseca 14 Leandro Leivas 15 Santiago Martinez BENCH: 16 Germán Kessler 17 Facundo Gattas 18 Rafaél Mones 19 Rodolfo De Mula 20 Mathias Palomeque 21 Gonzalo Soto 22 Santiago Arata 23 Pedro Deal

SCORERS T: Carrió (2), Báez, Paz, Bertranou C: Miotti (4), Novillo Yellow Card Cappiello

Referee: Juan Sylvestre (UAR) Asst Referees: David Smortchevsky, Harry Mason

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Round 2Americas Rugby Championship Round 2

BrazilBRAZIL 29 - 33 URUGUAYUruguay

Arena Barueri - São Paulo - Friday 12 February 2016
KO: 20:10 HT: 16-15

 

URUGUAY narrowly defeated Brazil 33-29 in Sao Paulo in the first game of the second round of the Americas Rugby Championship, scoring five tries to add a bonus point.

Brazil v Uruguay ARC 2016Despite being unable at times to contain the strong Uruguayan pack, the Tupís again showed that they can compete at this level, and with time they will certainly grow. Leading throughout different stages of the game, Brazil did get a deserved defensive bonus points for a second game running.

After exchanging early penalties, the homeside turned over possession, and from the ensuing penalty and lineout, scored the game’s opening try when lock Luis Vieira barged from half a metre. Flyhalf David Harvey converted and added a penalty; before the quarter mark Brazil was leading by 13 points.

Los Teros made good use of their numerical advantage; after Wilton Rebolo was sin-binned, the visitors put the home pack under pressure to force a penalty try. Soon after, lock Franco Lamanna scored his first try of the match.

By half time, both sides had seen tries, conversions and penalties enough for Brazil to go into the break just one point ahead, 16-15.

In the second half, Brazil felt the strength of Los Teros’ scrum again. But the Tupís never gave in, and the lead would change five times. Ten minutes in, Silva landed his second penalty to take the lead, but Harvey’s fourth came soon after to cancel it out.

As the final quarter approached, fullback Daniel Sancery scored Brazil’s second try after quick thinking from Lucas “Tanque” Duque at number 9 who chipped behind the napping defence. Harvey’s conversion took the lead to 26-18.

The eight-point difference was soon gone after tries by replacements Santiago Arata and Germán Kessler, though Silva missed both conversions, but it was enough for Uruguay to go 28-26 ahead. Harvey kicked his fifth penalty in the 68th minute to regain the lead, but repeated infringements led to a second sinbin with flanker Mark Jackson reducing Brazil to 14 men.

In similar fashion as the previous Teros’ tries, Lamanna crashed from close for his brace to secure the win in a very entertaining game played in front of 3,500 spectators and a live audience in all of South America.

“It was very tough, Brazil played well,” said Teros captain Alejandro Nieto, praising the Tupís. “Uruguay has a new system which is taking some time to develop.”

Tupís scrum half Lucas Duque thanked the fans for their support post-match, and concluded, “We committed too many penalties but it was close. The competition continues, and we will continue training hard and trying our best to perform.”

BRAZIL: 1 Wilton Rebolo 2 Yan Rosetti 3 Jardel Vettorato 4 Lucas Piero Moraes 5 Luis Vieira 6 Mark Jackson 7 Cleber Days 8 JOAO DA ROS (C) 9 Lucas Duke 10 David Harvey 11 Lucas Muller 12 Moses Duke 13 Felipe Sancery 14 William Coghetto 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Daniel Danielewicz 17 Caique Silva 18 Vitor Ancina 19 Felipe Tissot 20 Nicholas Smith 21 Matthew Tavares 22 Laurent Couhet 23 Yan Machado

SCORERS T: Viera, Sancery C: Harvey (2) P: Harvey (5) Yellow Card Rebolo, Jackson

URUGUAY: 1 Matthew Sanguinetti 2 Carlos Arboleya 3 John Echeverría 4 Franco Lamanna 5 Diego Magno 6 Gonzalo Soto 7 Matías Beer 8 ALEJANDRO NIETO (C) 9 William Lietjenstein 10 Rodrigo Silva 11 Frederick Favaro 12 Andrés Vilaseca 13 Peter Deal 14 Leandro Leivas 15 Santiago Martínez BENCH: 16 Germán Kessler 17 Facundo Gattas 18 Ignacio Secco 19 Ignacio Dotti 20 Lukas Lacoste 21 Santiago Arata 22 Martin Secco 23 Alberto Román

SCORERS T: PT, Lamanna (2), Arata, Kessler C: Silva P: Silva (2)

Referee: Damián Schneider (UAR) Asst Referees: Xavier Vouga, Henrique Platais

 

ArgentinaARGENTINA 52 - 15 CHILEChile

Estadio  San Juan del Bicentenario - Saturday 13 February 2016
KO: 18:10 HT: 19-9

 

ARGENTINA XV gave Chile a routing in the second round of the Americas Rugby Championship; their 52-15 win had eight home-side tries – four by centre Joaquín Paz.

Argentina XV vc Chile ARC 2016It was not an easy win at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario as the winners only managed to secure the win when they managed to impose their physicality halfway through the second half. Played in front of 8,500 spectators, the players had to endure temperatures of 35°C.

The home team started very strongly but the first half was not as dominant as it first appeared. Segund Tuculet - younger brother of Puma Joaquín - scored within the third minute from a counterattack and good work by scrumhalf Bazán Vélez; by then, Argentina XV had missed two earlier try-scoring opportunities.

With a dominant lineout, Pablo Bouza’s team had surplus of possession and scored their second try in the 15th minute when a neat grubber from Ezcurra was not secured by Chilean fullback Montoya and, instead, centre Paz touched down. The first half tries were completed when Tuculet got his second in the 24th minute.

Chile defended with conviction and only managed to score points thanks to the effective boot of Matías Nordenflycht with three penalties. Their scrum was a dominant force and they also had possession thanks to Argentina inefficiency. The visitors went into the break with a ten-point deficit, 19-9.

The Cóndores scored an early penalty in the second half and Argentina XV only managed to get back on the scoreboard 35 minutes after their previous try when Paz scored in the 57th minute. From there on, as Chile evidently tired, home dominance was conspicuous thanks to superior fitness.

The Argentineans scored four more tries in the final quarter from Santiago Portillo, Rodrigo Etchart and the last two again from Paz who sealed a significant and well-deserved win.

ARGENTINA XV: 1 ROBERTO TEJERIZO (C) 2 Axel Zapata 3 Enrique Pieretto 4 Pedro Ortega 5 Marcos Kremer 6 José Deheza 7 Lautaro Bávaro 8 Miguel Urtubey 9 Lautaro Bazán Vélez 10 Bautista Ezcurra 11 Segundo Tuculet 12 Joaquín Paz 13 Santiago Álvarez Fourcade 14 Rodrigo Etchart 15 Pedro Mercerat BENCH: 16 Franco Brarda 17 Ignacio Calles 18 Eduardo Bello 19 Ignacio Calas 20 Santiago Portillo 21 Mario Perotti 22 Juan León Novillo 23 Juan Cappiello

SCORERS T: Tuculet (2), Paz (4), Portillo, Etchart C: Mercerat (6)

CHILE: 1 Claudio Zamorano 2 Rodrio Moya 3 Luis Sepúlveda 4 Nikola Bursic 5 Raimundo Piwonka 6 Cristobal Niedman 7 Javier Richard 8 BENJAMÍN SOTO (C) 9 Beltrán Vergara 10 Cristian Onetto 11 Ítalo Zunino 12 Francisco de la Fuente 13 Matías Nordenflycht 14 José Ignacio Larenas 15 Leonardo Montoya BENCH: 16 Tomás Dussaillant 17 Nicolás Venegas 18 José Manuel Munita 19 Felipe Bassaletti 20 Ignacio Silva 21 Matthieu Manas 22 Pablo Casas 23 Matías Contreras

SCORERS P: Nordenflycht (5)

Referee: Kurt Weaver (USAR) Asst Referees: Claudio Antonio, Jason Mola

 

USAUSA 30 - 22 CANADACanada

Dell Diamond, Round Rock, TX - Saturday 13 February 2016
KO: 18:10 HT: 10-12

 

RETURNING captain Todd Clever scored three tries in the 30-22 win against a Canadian side that has now lost four consecutive times against their neighbours. This game, at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, closed the second round of the Americas Rugby Championship, leaving USA second in the table after the Pumas.

USA v Canada ARC 2016The opening 40 minutes, as the Texan sun was setting, showed two teams that clearly respect each other too much. There was little difference between them, with the Canadians only scoring through the educated boot of Gordon McRorie with four penalties.

If anything, the half’s only try was well worth the wait. After USA advanced with control and failed to score through the forwards, the ball was spun to the right and inside centre Lemoto Filikitonga, who was to leave soon after injured, created a great offload for partner Chad London to cross from five metres, untouched. The home side led for only three minutes as soon after the Canadians regained the lead with yet another penalty.

Canada stretched it with an early McRorie penalty after the break, but USA soon understood that it was up to them to win this game. They held on to the ball and advanced with more confidence until opportunities finally came.

The first of three Eagles tries second half tries came in the 56th minute after they had played the ball from well within their half to find themselves close to the Canadian in-goal with a penalty. They chose to go to the lineout and the rolling maul paid dividends: somewhere at the bottom of it Todd Clever emerged as the try scorer.

Two minutes later, flanker Alistair Clark was sin-binned and twice more, Clever scored after a lineout. The first was carbon copy from his first try; the second, with the Canadian pack committed to the maul, he ran unopposed down the blind for a swan dive that had the huge crowd in raptures.

Ten minutes after the sin-bin, an Eagles’ defensive lapse gave Duncan McGuire sufficient space to run 30 yards for his try; Andrew Ferguson converted from the right touch to stay in the game.

But the Canadians failed the capitalise the momentum in those last 10 minutes and a late Niku Kruger penalty ensured the Maple Leafs went home with no bonus point.

USA: 1 Eric Fry 2 Mike Sosene-Feagai 3 Chris Baumann 4 Brodie Orth 5 Ben Landry 6 Nathaniel Brakeley 7 TODD CLEVER (C) 8 David Tameilau 9 Mike Teo 10 James Bird 11 Kingsley McGowan 12 Lemoto Filikitonga 13 Chad London 14 Luke Hume 15 Jake Anderson BENCH: 16 Joe Taufetee 17 Oliver Kilifi 18 James Hilterbrand 18 Patrick Blair 20 Alec Gletzer 21 Niku Kruger 22 Jean Pierre Eloff 23 Mike Garrity

SCORERS T: London, Clever (3) C: Bird, Kruger P: Bird, Kruger

CANADA: 1 HUBERT BUYDENS (C) 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Paul Ciulini 5 Callum Morrison 6 Lucas Rumball 7 Alistair Clark 8 Clay Panga 9 Gordon McRorie 10 Gradyn Bowd 11 Dan Moor 12 Nick Blevins 13 Mozac Samson 14 Phil Mackenzie 15 Patrick Parfrey BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Djustice Sears-Duru 18 Rob Brouwer 19 Kyle Baillie 21 Mike Hamson 22 Andrew Ferguson 23 Duncan Maguire

SCORERS T: Maguire C: Ferguson P: McRorie (5) Yellow Card Clark

Referee: Juan Sylvestre (UAR) Asst Referees: Derek Summers, Scott Green

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Round 3Americas Rugby Championship Round 3 2016

USAUSA 64 - 0 CHILEChile

Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Saturday 20 February 2016
KO: 18:10 HT: 24-0

 

THE USA Eagles secured a bonus point win to leave them alone at the top of the Americas Rugby Championship table, with a solid ten try, 64-0 win against Chile in front of 5,101 spectators at the Lockhard Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The winners got their fourth, bonus-point try within the first 35 minutes thanks to five pointers from prop Chris Baumann, winger Nic Edwards, hooker Joseph Taufete’e and fly half JP Eloff who also added two goals.
The Eagles soon became a bit disjointed when replacement prop Oliver Kilifi was sin binned close to the end of the first half; it wasn’t until they were back to a full team that holes in the Chilean defence again surfaced.

Only seven days after playing for the U20s against Canada, centre Lorenzo Thomas worked hard in attack and defence in the same move to score his maiden test try, the first of six in the final 30 minutes.

USA v Chile ARC 2016

Soon there were all types of tries, including two from colourful utility back Mike Te’o – the second of which he scored running most of the 30 yards of his line break with a leg cramp.

The Chileans had few, if any, opportunities to score points and now need to regroup to host their fierce regional rivals Uruguay at home whilst the Eagles will play their first away game of the ARC in San Paulo, against Brazil, in search of retaining or extending their lead.

USA: 1 Eric Fry 2 Joseph Taufete’e 3 Chris Baumann 4 Ben Landry 5 Brodie Orth 6 Nate Brakeley 7 TODD CLEVER (C) 8 David Tameilau 9 Tom Bliss 10 JP Eloff 11 Nic Edwards 12 Chad London 13 Lorenzo Thomas 14 Luke Hume 15 Mike Te’o BENCH: 16 Mike Sosene-Feagai 17 Olivier Kilifi 18 Demecus Beach 19 Alec Gletzer 20 Patrick Blair 21 Niku Kruger 22 Ryan Matyas 23 Jake Anderson

SCORERS T: Baumann, Edwards, Taufete’e, Thomas, Anderson, Te’o (2), London, Hume, Eloff C: Eloff (7) Yellow Card Kilifi

CHILE: 1 Claudio Zamorano 2 Tomás Dussaillaint 3 Luis Sepúlveda 4 Felipe Bassaletti 5 Raimundo Piwonka 6 Ignacio Silva 7 Javier Richard 8 BENJAMÍN SOTO (C) 9 Beltrán Vergara 10 Cristian Onetto 11 Humberto Chacaltana 12 Francisco de la Fuente 13 Matías Nordenflycht 14 Matías Contreras 15 Pablo Casas BENCH: 16 Rodrigo Moya 17 Iñaki Gurruchaga 18 José Tomás Munita 19 Cristobal Niedmann 20 Nikola Bursic 21 Matthieu Manas 22 José Ignacio Larenas 23 Leonardo Montoya

Referee: Damián Schneider (UAR) Asst Referees: Michael Kelly, Cisco López

 

UruguayURUGUAY 21 - 24 ARGENTINAArgentina

Campus de Maldonado, Punta del Este - Saturday 20 February 2016
KO: 20:30 HT: 18-7

 

A late penalty gave Argentina XV a hard earned 24-21 win against a Uruguayan team that could have taken their second win of the Americas Rugby Championship as they were deep in attack when the game scrappy game ¬finally came to end in the balmy night at the Campus de Maldonado, a stone throw away from Punta del Este. By failing to secure a bonus point, Argentina lost the lead to the United States with two rounds still to be played before the end of the tournament.

It took Argentina XV only three minutes to score the game’s opening after an opening rush of attacks. It was scrumhalf Marcos Bollini who crossed but the way the visitors opened, seemed like the proud locals would find it hard to contain their neighbours.

It was not to be because Los Teros, once they settled their nerves, and took some control of the ball became dangerous and hurt Argentina XV where it hurts most, the scrum.

Uruguay v Argentina XV ARC 2016

By controlling that set piece, their confidence grew and after an early Martín Secco penalty, Juan Diego Ormaechea scored on his return game after almost three seasons out of the team to claim the lead on the 10th minute; they would only relinquish the lead four minutes before the end of the game.

Seventeen minutes later, the Americas Rugby Championship had its 50th try when speedy winger Federico Favaro benefited from a bounce after a huge kick to chip and gather to score on the right corner.

Back from the break, winger Franco Quaranta ran through a maul to run 15 yards to score and bring Argentina back within a try. Tempers spilled as both teams failed to contain their nervousness and first Ormaechea then Argentine captain Roberto Tejerizo were sent to the bin, to be soon joined by replacement Enrique Pieretto.

The moment they were back on the field, Uruguayan lock Mathias Palomeque also saw his temporary marching orders and Juan Cappiello soon scored a converted try to draw with 17 minutes to play.

The game continued untidy and with far too many mistakes from two teams that struggled to contain their nerves. It was a late, long distance penalty from replacement Pedro Mercerat that settled a game played in front of six thousand fans.

Argentina will host Canada in Rosario next Sunday; Uruguay travels to Chile to play on Saturday in Round four of the Americas Rugby Championship.

URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Germán Kessler 3 Juan Echeverría 4 Diego Magno 5 Mathias Palomeque 6 JUAN GAMINARA (C) 7 Juan Diego Ormaechea 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Guillermo Lietjenstein 10 Martín Secco 11 Andrés Rocco 12 Andrés Vilaseca 13 Facundo Klappenbach 14 Federico Favaro 15 Santiago Martínez BENCH: 16 Facundo Gattas 17 Rodolfo de Mula 18 Ignacio Secco 19 Ignacio Dotti 20 Fernando Bascou 21 Manuel Blengio 22 Santiago Arata 23 Pedro Deal

SCORERS T: Ormaechea, Favaro C: Secco P: Secco (3) Yellow Card Ormaechea, Palomeque

ARGENTINA XV: 1 ROBERTO TEJERIZO (C) 2 Santiago Iglesias 3 Cristian Bartoloni 4 Pedro Ortega 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 José Deheza 7 Lautaro Bávaro 8 Santiago Portillo 9 Marcos Bollini 10 Juan Novillo 11 Axel Müller 12 Bautista Ezcurra 13 Juan Cappiello 14 Franco Cuaranta 15 Segundo Tuculet BENCH: 16 Axel Zapata 17 Facundo Gigena 18 Enrique Pieretto 19 Gonzalo Paulín 20 Miguel Urtubey 21 Mauro Perotti 22 Juan Cruz González 23 Pedro Mercerat

SCORERS T: Bollini, Cuaranta, Cappiello C: Novillo (2), Mercerat P: Mercerat Yellow Card Tejerizo, Pieretto

Referee: Kurt Weaver (USAR) Asst Referees: Claudio Cativelli, Alejandro Longres

 

CanadaCANADA 52 - 25 BRAZILBrazil

Westhills Stadium, Langford BC - Saturday 20 February 2016
KO: 16:00 HT: 31-13

Canada v Brazil ARC 2016CANADA got back to winning ways in the third round of the Americas Rugby Championship by defeating a spirited Brazilian team 52 – 25 scoring seven tries, all by forwards, and their first time opponents getting three tries in front of 1,855 spectators at the Westhill Stadium in Langford, Victoria.

With the bonus point try coming seconds before going to the break, the Canadians had to work hard to take the early lead; although the difference in experience was evident early on, the Tupis were desperate to play positive rugby.

Flanker Lucas Rumball showed his strength for the third minute-try and soon after his number eight Clay Panga crossed for his first try at test level.

At the quarter mark wing Duncan Maguire went to the bin for a late tackle and soon Brazil got back into the game; centre Moisés Duque kicked his second penalty and scrumhalf Johannes Beukes Cremer ran the blind from a scrum, breaking two feeble tackles for his side’s first of three tries.

Order was restored when Canada was again with fifteen players on the field and first captain Ray Barkwill and then Rumball again scored to go to the break with a comfortable 31-13 lead.

The Brazilians opened the second half scoring when the speed of Daniel Sancery and a missed tackle allowed the fullback to score for the unconverted try. Canada and Brazil then exchanged converted tries – again Panga and replacement Joao da Ros – before the home side finished with a three-minute two-try rush – lock Paul Ciulini and replacement Mike Hamson – to break the fifty point barrier.

Brazil’s three tries were a reflection of their eagerness to fit at this Americas Rugby Championship whilst the young Canadian side proved their worth at home with a well earned win. They now travel to Rosario where on Sunday they will play against Argentina XV. The day before, Brazil will play tournament leader USA at home in Sao Paulo.

CANADA: 1 Djustica Sears-Duru 2 RAY BARKWILL (C) 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Paul Ciulini 5 Liam Chisholm 6 Lucas Rumball 7 Alistair Clark 8 Clay Panga 9 Andrew Ferguson 10 Gradyn Bowd 11 Duncan Maguire 12 Nick Blevins 13 Brock Staller 14 Dan Moor 15 Patrick Parfrey BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Hubert Buydens 18 Rob Brower 19 Kyle Baillie 20 Mike Hamson 21 Jake Robinson 22 Joe Dolesau 23 Brett Johnson

SCORERS T: Rumball (2), Panga (2), Barkwill, Ciulini, Hamson C: Ferguson (5), Staller (2) P: Ferguson Yellow Card Maguire

BRAZIL: 1 Jonatas Paul 2 DANIEL DANIELEWICZ (C) 3 Vitor Ancina 4 Lucas Piero Moraes 5 Luis Vieira 6 Mark Jackson 7 Clebber Dias 8 Nicholas Smith 9 Johannes Beukes Cremer 10 Lucas Duque 11 Lucas Muller 12 Moisés Duque 13 Felipe Sancery 14 Stefano Giantorno 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Yan Rosetti 17 Wilton Rebolo 18 Lucas Abud 19 Matheus Wolf 20 Joao Luiz da Ros 21 Mateus Tavares 22 Laurent Couhet 23 Guilherme Coghetto

SCORERS T: Cremer, Daniel Sancery, da Ros C: Duque (2) P: Duque (2) Yellow Card Smith

Referee: Joaquín Montes (URU) Asst Referees: Harry Mason, Doug Hamre

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Round 4Americas Rugby Championship Round 4 2016

BrazilBRAZIL 24 - 23 USAUSA

Estadio Canindé - São Paulo - Saturday 27 February 2016
KO: 14:00 HT: 18-8

 

THE Americas Rugby Championship has, in its inaugural season, shocked the rugby world with Brazil’s 24–23 win against the USA Eagles, in Sao Paulo. With an angled last second penalty by Moisés Duque, the team that entered the pan continental competition to develop, managed its first win, having twice taken defensive bonus points.

Brazil played well beyond their World Rugby ranking – they will jump from 42nd to 38th when the reviewed rankings are published on Monday – as they led 18-0 before the USA Eagles managed to get points on the board. Two tries and two penalties showed how much they’ve grown in only four weeks of the Americas Rugby Championship.

The Duque brothers’ halfback partnership controlled the game with poise and intelligence. Moisés, the younger sibling, kicked two penalties within the first seven minutes as USA could not impose its physicality and seemed unable to leave their own half of the field.

Daniel Sancery, as he has done in the previous three rounds, touched down for his fourth try in the ARC, running almost 40 yards parallel to the left touch after a deep counterattack that went from touch to touch. From the corner, Moisés Duque added a neat goal for an early 13-0.

From a screwed scrum in the 22nd minute, Lucas Duque found a defensive hole to run five yards to score the second home try which his brother failed to convert.

USA could not capitalise from the amount of possession they had as a solid defensive effort from the Tupís kept them scoreless until the half hour mark when Daniel Bird kicked a penalty for offside.

The Eagles managed to score a first half try when hooker Joe Taufetee barged from short range for an unconverted try. As the half was coming to an end, Brazilian flanker André Arruda, in his ARC debut, was sin-binned for a shoulder charge.

Experience paid off and the Eagles managed their second try when Bird attacked a gap in the centres, and after passing inside, debutant Aladdin Schrimer scored his side’s second, unconverted, try.

As soon as Brazil was back to fifteen, Duque kicked his third penalty to again stretch the lead to 21-13. Heat played a part and both teams seemed flat for the following 15 minutes until the visitors, in similar fashion as in the previous try, scored a five-pointer through scrumhalf Niku Kruger, converted by Bird, which left them one point behind 17 minutes from fulltime.

The tired Brazilians lost some of their zest and Niku Kruger, on the 32nd minute put the USA in the lead 23-21 for the first time with a penalty. With four minutes left, they showed their respect for the home side by taking a penalty kick from behind the halfway line – replacement JP Eloff missed from almost 55 metres.

Trying to play out the clock, the Eagles lost possession in the Brazilian half with a penalty from a scrum in which they were pushed back a few metres; with their final opportunity, Tupis, with a huge support coming down from the stands, went for touch. From the ensuing maul, a visiting player was found offside and Duque, from the 15-metre line, kicked the winning penalty to write his name and that of his team into rugby’s history.

Brazil v USA ARC 2016

BRAZIL: 1 Lucas Abud 2 Yan Rosetti 3 Wilton Rebolo 4 Lucas Piero Moraes 5 Luis Vieira 6 Andre Arruda 7 Joao Luiz das Ros 8 Nicholas Smith 9 Lucas Duque 10 Moises Duque 11 Laurent Couhet 12 Martin Schaefer 13 Felipe Sancery 14 Stefano Giantorno 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Daniel Danielewicz 17 Caique Silva 18 Jonatas Paulo 19 Diego López 20 Gabriel Paganini 21 Guilherme Coghetto 22 Johannes Beukes Cremer 23 Robert Tenorio

SCORERS T: Daniel Sancery, Lucas Duque C: Moisés Duque P: Moisés Duque (4)

USA: 1 Demecus Beach 2 Joe Taufetee 3 OLIVER KILIFI (C) 4 Brodie Orth 5 Ben Landry 6 James King 7 Aladdin Schirmer 8 David Tameilau 9 Niku Kruger 10 James Bird 11 Ryan Matyas 12 Andrew Sunuila 13 Mike Garrity 14 Kingsley McGowan 15 Jake Anderson BENCH: 16 Cameron Falcon 17 Eric Fry 18 Mike Sosene-Feagai 19 Hanco Germishuys 20 Mike Teo 21 JP Eloff 22 Tim Stanfill 23 Chad London

SCORERS T: Taufetee, Schrimer, Kruger C: Bird P: Bird, Kruger

Referee: Chris Assmus (RC) Asst Referees: Henrique Platais, Ricardo Sant’ Anna

 

ChileCHILE 20 - 23 URUGUAYUruguay

CARR, La Reina, Santiago - Saturday 27 February 2016
KO: 18:00 HT: 14-10

 

URUGUAY beat Chile by a narrow 23-20 in a hard fought game in Santiago, with five yellow cards and all the characteristics of one of the strongest rivalries in the continent. Uruguay wins its second game in the Americas Rugby Championship whilst Chile has failed to win since the opening game, yet took a deserved defensive bonus point.

Much history is shared by these two teams; as expected, the first few minutes were about settling the nerves. The scrum was problematic throughout the game and in the opening quarter it generated several penalties for either side. Yet, it was from a lineout that the game’s opening try was scored. Uruguay kicked for touch from a penalty and a move with winger Federico Favaro taking lock’s Mathias Palomeque’s pass put him right through the Chilean defence to run 25 yards untouched.

Fly half Martín Secco added the goal before metronomic kicker Matías Nordenflycht – the sole Chilean scorer for a second time in the ARC – kicked three consecutive penalties, the second after Tero wing Leandro Leivas was sin-binned for a high tackle. The Chileans did not fully benefit the extra man.

Chile v Uruguay ARC2016

As both teams seemed settled to go to the break with the home side leading 9-7, Uruguay was given a penalty opportunity taken from 40 yards by Secco. There was time for the kick-off and Chile maintained possession for two minutes before a cross-kick from fly half Cristian Onetto, not secured by the Uruguayan defence, allowed Nordenflycht to score from the loose ball in the corner; he failed to convert his try.

There was not much between both teams in the following 16 minutes as Secco added two penalties and Nordenflycht kicked his third. But repeated penalties forced referee Damián Schneider to issue four yellow cards – three to Chile and one to Uruguay.

The first two to centre Francisco de la Fuente (56th minute) and wing José Ignacio Larenas (64th) were for repeated infringements. Uruguay made good use of the extra space as fullback Rodrigo Silva dived in the corner; Secco managed a great touchline goal to take the lead.

With de la Fuente back on the field, Uruguay prop Mateo Sanguinetti was sin-binned for dirty play as Chile was given three points for Nordenflycht’s boot. From the ensuing next move, another yellow card was given, this time to Chilean replacement prop José Tomás Munita.

Uruguay managed sufficient control to maintain the three-point lead to win the game.

CHILE: 1 Nicolás Venegas 2 Rodrigo Moya 3 Luis Sepúlveda 4 Nikola Bursic 5 Raimundo Piwonka 6 Cristóbal Niedmann 7 Javier Richard 8 BENJAMÍN SOTO (C) 9 Beltrán Vergara 10 Cristian Onetto 11 Ítalo Zunino 12 Francisco de la Fuente 13 Matías Nordenflycht 14 José Ignacio Larenas 15 Leonardo Montoya BENCH: 16 Manuel Gurruchaga 17 Roberto Oyarzun 18 José Tomás Munita 19 Ignacio Silva 20 Ignacio Álvarez 21 Matthieu Manas 22 Pablo Casas 23 Matías Contreras

SCORERS T: Nordenflycht P: Nordenflycht (5) Yellow Card de la Fuente, Larenas, Oyarzún

URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Germán Kessler 3 Juan Echeverría 4 Diego Magno 5 Mathias Palomeque 6 JUAN GAMINARA (C) 7 Matías Beer 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Guillermo Lietjenstein 10 Martín Secco 11 Leandro Leivas 12 Alberto Román 13 Andrés Vilaseca 14 Federico Favaro 15 Rodrigo Silva BENCH: Carlos Arboleya 17 Facundo Gattas 18 Rafael Mones 19 Gonzalo Soto 20 Juan Diego Ormaechea 21 Manuel Blengio 22 Santiago Arata 23 Pedro Deal

SCORERS T: Favaro, R. Silva C: Secco (2) P: Secco (3) Yellow Card Leivas, Sanguinetti

Referee: Damian Schneider (UAR) Asst Referees: Claudio Ruz, Luis Díaz

 

ArgentinaARGENTINA 54 - 21 CANADACanada

Duendes Rugby Club, Rosario - Sunday 28 February 2016
KO: 17:10 HT: 27-21

ARGENTINA XV headed into the final round of the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship leading the table after a bonus-point, 8-try, 54-21 solid win against Canada in Rosario, with the visitors kept scoreless in the second half,  never seemingly close to getting a fourth, bonus-point try.

The Argentine scrum was huge, the first one pushing back the Canadian pack some 10 yards; the ensuing penalty and lineout became an unstoppable maul from which captain Santiago Iglesias Valdéz scored an unconverted try before two minutes had passed.

Argentina XV vc Canada ARC 2016Six minutes later, Rosario resident Juan Pablo Estellés touched down after four times the forwards were stopped close to the try-line; attacking the blind, the wing managed to score on the corner; the angled goal was kicked by fullback Pedro Mercerat.

Leading 12-0 after ten minutes, the game needed some reaction from the visitors and with their first deep attack, wing Dan Moor opened his side’s scoring with a try – his third in the tournament. Late replacement Andrew Ferguson converted after forwards and backs combined and the strong wing broke two tackles for the converted touchdown.

After a penalty by Mercerat, and a missed opportunity from Ferguson, veteran Puma Juan Manuel Leguizamón scored his side’s third try. The three-time RWC player scored after Argentina XV attacked from a deep Canadian kick – the ball went from left to right where the flanker was on support to score.

A stolen lineout gave Canada a great attacking opportunity; dumbfounding the home defence, Clay Panga passed to scrumhalf Ferguson who ran unopposed under the post for a well-taken converted try.

Despite struggling and going backwards in the scrum, Panga attacked and Ferguson’s second try originated – backs and forwards again interacted and the ubiquitous scrumhalf broke from close to score a try he soon converted to give his side a short-lived lead.

There was one last opportunity for Argentina XV in the first half. Gaining possession from the restart, they managed to put winger Franco Cuaranta into space for a converted try that sent the teams to the break with a home 27-21 lead. For the home side, this was also the bonus-point try.

Soon after the much-needed rest – the temperature in the high 20s – Mercerat stretched the lead before a penalty-try was awarded for repeated infringement in the scrum; with captain Hubert Buydens sin-binned, it was an expensive passage of play for the Canadians.

The extra man advantage was soon evident as Lucas González Amorosino, who will join Jaguares after the ARC, scored in the left corner close to the hour mark.

The last twenty minutes were full of errors from both sides; the only exception being a great first phase move for Juan Manuel Leguizamón’s second try in the 75th minute and from the restart, wing Estellés ran half the length of the field to touch down the game’s last try.

ARGENTINA XV: 1 Facundo Gigena 2 Santiago Iglesias 3 Enrique Pieretto 4 Pedro Ortega 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 Juan Manuel Leguizamón 7 Lautaro Bavaro 8 Santiago Portillo 9 Marcos Bollini 10 Juan Cruz González 11 Franco Cuaranta 12 Tomás Granella 13 Juan Cappiello 14 Juan Pablo Estellés 15 Pedro Mercerat BENCH: 16 Axel Zapata 17 Roberto Tejerizo 18 Eduardo Bello 19 Marcos Kremer 20 José Deheza 21 Lautaro Bazán 22 Juan Novillo 23 Lucas González Amorosino

SCORERS  T: Valdez, Estelles (2), Leguizamón (2), Cuaranta, Amorosino, PT C: Mercerat (4) P: Mercerat (2)

CANADÁ: 1 HUBERT BUYDENS (C) 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Djustice Sears-Duru 4 Kyle Baillie 5 Cam Pearce 6 Alistair Clark 7 Lucas Rumball 8 Clay Panga 9 Gordon McRorie 10 Pat Parfrey 11 Duncan Maguire 12 Nick Blevins 13 Phil Mackenzie 14 Dan Moor 15 Brock Staller BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Ryan Kotlewski 18 Rob Brouwer 19 Alex Mascott 20 Mike Hamson 21 Andrew Ferguson 22 Gradyn Bowd 23 Jake Robinson

SCORERS T: Moor, Ferguson (2) C: Ferguson (3) Yellow Card Buydens

Referee: Joaquín Montes (URU) Asst Referees: Mauro Rivera, Andrés Sutton

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Round 5Americas Rugby Championship Round 5 2016

ChileCHILE 13 - 64 CANADACanada

Estadio Municipal de La Pintana, Santiago - Saturday 05 March 2016
KO: 19:00 HT: 13-43

CHILE: 1 Ramón Ayarza 2 Manuel Gurruchaga 3 José Tomás Munita 4 Ignacio Álvarez 5 Raimundo Piwonka 6 BENJAMÍN SOTO (C.) 7 Javier Richard 8 Nikola Bursic 9 Juan Pablo Perrotta 10 Cristián Onetto 11 Ítalo Zunino 12 Francisco de la Fuente 13 Matías Nordenflycht 14 José Ignacio Larenas 15 Leonardo Montoya BENCH: 16 Rodrigo Moya 17 Nicolás Venegas 18 Luis Sepúlveda 19 Cristóbal Niedmann 20 Francisco Hurtado 21 Ignacio Silva 22 Beltrán Vergara 23 Humberto Chacaltana

SCORERS T: Soto C: Nordenflycht P: Nordenflycht (2)

CANADA: 1 HUBERT BUYDENS (C) 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Djustice Sears-Duru 4 Paul Ciulini 5 Cameron Pierce 6 Kyle Baillie 7 Alistair Clark 8 Lucas Rumball 9 Gordon McRorie 10 Patrick Parfrey 11 Brett Johnson 12 Nick Blevins 13 Phil Mackenzie 14 Dan Moor 15 Brock Staller BENCH: 16 Eric Howard 17 Rob Brouwer 18 Ryan Kotlewski 19 Clay Panga 20 Mike Hamson 21 Andrew Ferguson 22 Gradyn Bowd 23 Duncan Maguire

SCORERS T: Blevins (2), Johnson, McRorie, Baillie, Mcakenzie, Parfrey (2), Moor C: McRorie (7), Ferguson P: McRorie

Referee: Kurt Weaver (USAR) Asst Referees: Ignacio Calle, Francisco Saavedra

 

UruguayURUGUAY 29 - 25 USAUSA

Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo - Saturday 05 March 2016
KO: 19:10 HT: 13-9

URUGUAY: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Carlos Arboleya 3 Mario Sagario 4 Gonzalo Soto 5 Diego Magno 6 JUAN MANUEL GAMINARA (C) 7 Juan Diego Ormaechea 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Agustín Ormaechea 10 Manuel Blengio 11 Gastón Mieres 12 Andrés Vilaseca 13 Pedro Deal 14 Leandro Leivas 15 Rodrigo Silva BENCH: 16 Germán Kessler 17 Facundo Gattas 18 Juan Echeverría 19 Mathias Palomeque 20 Matías Beer 21 Alberto Román 22 Guillermo Lijtenstein 23 Federico Favaro

SCORERS T: Kessler, Magno C: Ormaechea (2) P: Ormaechea (5)

USA: 1 Eric Fry 2 Mike Sosene-Feagai 3 Titi Lamositele 4 Brodie Orth 5 Ben Landry 6 Aladdin Schirmer 7 TODD CLEVER (C) 8 David Tameilau 9 Mike Te’o 10 James Bird 11 Tim Stanfill 12 Chad London 13 Lorenzo Thomas 14 Deion Mikesell 15 JP Eloff BENCH: 16 Joseph Taufete’e 17 Olive Kilifi 18 Demecus Beach 19 Nate Brakeley 20 Hanco Germishuys 21 Niku Kruger 22 Ryan Matyas 23 Jake Anderson

SCORERS T: Schirmer, London, Mikesell C: Bird (2) P: Bird (2) Yellow Card Red Card Landry

Referee: Juan Sylvestre (UAR) Asst Referees: Alejandro Longres, Francisco González

 

BrazilBRAZIL 7 - 42 ARGENTINAArgentina

Estádio Martins Pereira, São José dos Campos - Saturday 05 March 2016
KO: 20:10 HT: 0-28

Argentina XV Champions ARC 2016

BRAZIL: 1 Rafael Carnivalle 2 Yan Rosetti 3 Wilton Rebolo 4 Lucas Piero 5 Luiz Vieira 6 André Arruda 7 Cléber Dias 8 NICK SMITH (C) 9 Lucas Duque 10 Moisés Duque 11 Laurent Bourda-Couhet 12 Matheus Cruz 13 Felipe Sancery 14 Lucas Tranquez 15 Daniel Sancery BENCH: 16 Daniel Danielewicz 17 Caique Silva 18 Lucas Abud 19 Diego López 20 Mark Jackson 21 Mateus Estrela 22 Beukes Cremer 23 Robert Tenório

SCORERS T: Lucas Duque C: Moisés Duque

ARGENTINA XV: 1 Facundo Gigena 2 Santiago Iglesias Valdez (C) 3 Enrique Pieretto 4 Pedro Ortega 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 José Deheza 7 Lautaro Bavaro 8 Santiago Portillo 9 Marcos Bollini 10 Juan Cruz González 11 Pedro Mercerat 12 Tomás Granella 13 Juan Cappiello 14 Juan Pablo Estellés 15 Ramiro Moyano BENCH: 16 Axel Zapata 17 Franco Brarda 18 Eduardo Bello 19 Franco Molina 20 Miguel Urtubey 21 Patricio Baronio 22 Martín Elías 23 Bautista Delguy

SCORERS T: Estellés (3), Cruz González, Portillo, Delguy C: Mercerat (6)

Referee: Chris Assmus (RC) Asst Referees: Xavier Vouga, Ricardo Sant’ Anna

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Broadcast

FOLLOWING is the broadcast schedule for the Americas Rugby Championship. All matches will be shown either via livestreaming on the net or on ESPN. Any updates to watching it overseas will be posted here.

Canada’s home games on February 6 against Uruguay and February 20 against Brazil will be streamed live on the Rugby Canada home page. Chile’s home games on February 6 against Brazil and March 5 against Canada, and Uruguay’s home match against Argentina on February 20 will be streamed live on the Americas Rugby Championship Livestream page.

Feb 6

Chile vs Brazil

16:00 EST, 18:00 local

Internet - Live

Feb 6

Canada vs Uruguay

19:00 EST, 16:00 local

Internet - Live

Feb 6

USA vs Argentina

20:00 EST, 19:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Feb 7

USA vs Argentina

20:00 EST

ESPN2 - Replay

Feb 12

Brazil vs Uruguay

17:00 EST, 20:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Feb 13

Argentina vs Chile

16:00 EST, 18:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Feb 13

USA vs Canada

19:00 EST, 18:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Feb 14

USA vs Canada

20:30 EST

ESPN2 - Replay

Feb 20

USA vs Chile

18:00 EST, 18:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Feb 20

Uruguay vs Argentina

18:30 EST, 20:30 local

Internet - Live

Feb 20

Canada vs Brazil

19:00 EST, 16:00 local

Internet - Live

Feb 21

USA vs Chile

20:00 EST

ESPN2 - Replay

Feb 27

Brazil vs USA

18:00 EST, 20:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Feb 27

Chile vs Uruguay

16:00 EST, 18:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Feb 28

Argentina vs Canada

15:00 EST, 17:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Feb 28

Brazil vs USA

19:00 EST

ESPN2 - Replay

Mar 5

Uruguay vs USA

16:00 EST, 18:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Mar 5

Chile vs Canada

17:00 EST, 19:00 local

Internet - Live

Mar 5

Brazil vs Argentina

18:00 EST, 20:00 local

ESPN3 - Live

Rugby Canada on TVARC on Livestream

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FixturesAmericas Rugby Championship

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