Americas Rugby Championship wrap: Round One

Date published: February 6 2017

There were Americas Rugby Championship victories for Brazil, Argentina XV and USA as they beat Chile, Canada and Uruguay respectively over the weekend.

Brazil 17-3 Chile

Brazil kicked off the Americas Rugby Championship with a 17-3 victory over Chile at Estadio Do Pacaembu, Sao Paulo in front of 3,500 fans.

Second-half tries from replacement Matheus Cruz, full-back Daniel Sancery and seven points from centre Moisés Duque's boot sealed victory.

Centre Matías Nordenflycht had given Chile an early 3-0 lead but Brazil did well to churn out the result and travel to the USA in confident mood.

The scorers:

For Brazil:
Tries: Cruz, Sancery, Silva
Cons: Duque 2
Pen: Duque

For Chile:
Pen: Nordenflycht

Brazil: 15 Daniel Sancery, 14 De Wet van Niekerk, 13 Felipe Sancery, 12 Moisés Duque, 11 Stefano Giantorno, 10 Josh Reeves, 9 Beukes Cremer, 8 Nick Smith (c), 7 André Arruda, 6 João Luiz da Ros, 5 Lucas Piero, 4 Diego López, 3 Wilton Rebolo, 2 Yan Rosetti, 1 Alexandre Alves
Replacements: 16 Daniel Danielewicz, 17 Jonatas Paulo, 18 Vitor Ancina, 19 Felipe Tissot, 20 Matheus Daniel, 21 Matheus Cruz, 22 Luan Smanio, 23 Guilherme Coghetto

Chile: 15 Rodrigo Fernández, 14 Martín Verschae, 13 Franco Velarde, 12 Matías Nordenflycht, 11 Pedro Verschae, 10 Francisco González Moller, 9 Beltrán Vergara, 8 Manuel Dagnino, 7 Anton Petrowitsch, 6 Cristóbal Niedmann, 5 Nikola Bursic, 4 Mario Mayol, 3 José Tomás Munita, 2 Tomás Dussaillant, 1 Claudio Zamorano (c)
Replacements: 16 Rodrigo Moya, 17 Vittorio Lastra, 18 Gonzalo Martínez, 19 Nicanor Machuca, 20 Benjamín Soto, 21 Jan Hasenlechner, 22 Franciso Cruz, 23 Tomás Ianiszewski


Canada 6-20 Argentina XV

Argentina XV got their campaign off to a winning start as they defeated Canada 20-6 in Langford, prevailing in cold conditions at Westhills Stadium.

Domingo Miotti and Gordon McRorie traded early penalty goals but in the second-half, Santiago Medrano's converted try got the visitors moving.

Replacement back Segundo Tuculet then scored before McRorie kicked his second penalty, only for Miotti to make sure of the win off the tee.

The scorers:

For Canada:
Pens: McRorie 2

For Argentina XV:
Tries: Medrano, Tuculet
Cons: Miotti 2
Pens: Miotti 2

Canada: 15 Carl Pocock, 14 Dan Moor, 13 Brock Staller, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 Taylor Paris, 10 Robbie Povey, 9 Gordon McRorie (c), 8 Clay Panga, 7 Lucas Rumball, 6 Admir Cejvanovic, 5 Liam Chisholm, 4 Conor Keys, 3 Matt Tierney, 2 Eric Howard, 1 Rob Brouwer
Replacements: 16 Benoît Pifféro, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Cole Keith, 19 Reegan O’Gorman, 20 Matt Beukeboom, 21 Phil Mack, 22 Guiseppe du Toit, 23 George Barton

Argentina XV: 15 Bautista Delguy, 14 Fernando Luna, 13 Juan Cappiello, 12 Bruno Devoto, 11 Santiago Álvarez, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Sebastián Cancelliere, 8 Tomás de la Vega, 7 Lautaro Bavaro (c), 6 Francisco Gorrissen, 5 Pedro Ortega, 4 Juan Cruz Guillemaín, 3 Cristian Bartoloni, 2 Gaspar Baldunciel, 1 Franco Brarda
Replacements: 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


USA 29-23 Uruguay

USA held off Uruguay to win 29-23 at Toyota Field in San Antonio as they got their Americas Rugby Championship campaign off on a positive note.

Uruguay were ahead 10-3 following hooker Facundo Gattas' try but outside centre Bryce Campbell hit back as USA led 16-13 at the half-time break.

Captain and number eight Alejandro Nieto's score moved Uruguay back in front in the second-half but USA chipped away at the lead through centre AJ MacGinty's boot before skipper Blaine Scully's crossing, converted by MacGinty, gave the hosts a 26-23 lead they would hold on to.

The scorers:

For USA:
Tries: Campbell, Scully
Cons: Cima, MacGinty
Pens: Cima 3, MacGinty 2

For Uruguay:
Tries: Gattas, Nieto
Cons: Albanell 2
Pens: Albanell 3

USA: 15 Mike Te'o, 14 Blaine Scully (c), 13 Bryce Campbell, 12 AJ MacGinty, 11 Zack Test, 10 Ben Cima, 9 Nate Augspurger, 8 Al McFarland, 7 Todd Clever, 6 John Quill, 5 Nick Civetta, 4 Nate Brakeley, 3 Chris Baumann, 2 Peter Malcolm, 1 Anthony Purpura
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Alex Maughan, 18 Dino Waldren, 19 Matt Jensen, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Shaun Davies, 22 Will Magie, 23 JP Eloff

Uruguay: 15 Rodrigo Silva, 14 Leandro Leivas, 13 Juan Manuel Cat, 12 Juan de Freitas, 11 Andrés Rocco, 10 Germán Albanell, 9 Santiago Arata, 8 Alejandro Nieto (c), 7 Franco Lamanna, 6 Rodolfo Garese, 5 Diego Ayala, 4 Ignacio Dotti, 3 Juan Echeverría, 2 Facundo Gattas, 1 Mateo Sanguinetti
Replacements: 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

COMMENTS