Americas Wrap: Round Five

Date published: March 6 2017

The United States claimed the Americas Rugby Championship after a draw with the Argentina XV while there were also victories for Uruguay and Brazil over the weekend.

USA 27-27 Argentina XV

The Eagles won the trophy after claiming a four-try bonus point in their 27-27 draw with the Argentina XV at Comodoro Rivadavia.

Replacement loose-forward David Tameilau scored two tries in the game, the second was in the 80th minute to grab his side the draw and the competition win.

It was a wonderful coincidence that both unbeaten teams would meet each other in the last game of the competition to battle it out for the title. The United States were the better attacking team on the day after scoring four tries through some great offensive interplay opposed to the Argentines who managed three tries but two of which were through penalty tries.

The home side scored first when Argentine fly-half Domingo Miotti slotted a penalty in the third minute to grab the lead. The United States would then take over the rest of the half after Ben Cima equalled the scores with a penalty of his own before fly-half Will Magie scored the first try of the match in the 29th minute.

Tameilau then scored when the States used a line out close to the Argentine line well to drive over for their second try.

The Argentina XV was then given two penalty tries. The first came in the 40th minute when Mike Te’o deliberately knocked the ball out of the air as the Argentines were about score, and Te’o was given a yellow card before the other was given because the Eagles were caught scrummaging illegally.

The Argentines then scored a try when replacement Lautaro Bazán made a break and gave it off to Tomás de la Vega before finding himself in a two-on-one and giving the ball out to Gabriel Ascárate who scored.

With the home side in the lead and a sure-thing for the title, the States kicked up the intensity and in the 74th minute and closed the gap when they used the ball well to rumble up field before sending it wide to Cam Dolan who crossed the whitewash to score. Tameilau sealed the title win when the giant lock broke the line and dotted down for the draw with Cima conversion.

For Argentina XV:
Penalty try 2, Ascárate
Con: Miotti
Pens: Miotti 2
Yellow Card: Cancelliere

For USA Eagles:
Magie, Tameilau 2, Dolan
Cons: Cima 2
Pen: Cima
Yellow Cards: Te’o, Tameilau

Argentina XV: 15 Gabriel Ascárate, 14 Germán Schulz, 13 Santiago Álvarez, 12 Bruno Devoto, 11 Julián Domínguez, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Sebastián Cancelliere, 8 Tomás de la Vega, 7 Lautaro Bavaro (c), 6 Francisco Gorrissen, 5 Ignacio Larrague, 4 Pedro Ortega, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Gaspar Baldunciel, 1 Francisco Ferronato
Replacements: 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

USA: 15 Ben Cima, 14 Mike Te’o, 13 Bryce Campbell, 12 JP Eloff, 11 Nate Augspurger (c), 10 Will Magie, 9 Shaun Davies, 8 Cam Dolan, 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 John Quill, 5 Siaosi Mahoni, 4 Matt Jensen, 3 Chris Baumann, 2 James Hilterbrand, 1 Anthony Purpura
Replacements: 16 Peter Malcolm, 17 Ben Tarr, 18 Olive Kilifi, 19 Hanco Germishuys, 20 David Tameilau, 21 Calvin Whiting, 22 Ryan Matyas, 23 Spike Davis

Referee: Joaquín Montes
Assistant referees:  Santiago Altobelli, José Covassi

Brazil 24-23 Canada

Brazil upset the status quo by defeating Canada 24-23 at the Estádio do Pacaembu on Friday.

The Brazilians were able to score three tries to Canada's two as full-back Daniel Sancery, inside centre Moisés Duque and winger Lucas Tranquez all crossed the line while inside centre Nick Blevins and scrum-half Gordon McRorie dotted down for the visitors.

Brazil got out of the blocks first as Sancery scored the first points of the match when he broke through three tackles to score, with Duque adding the extras and gaining the lead.

Canada struck back three minutes later as Blevins produced a strong fend and scored his side's first points of the game with McRorie leveling the scores.

Brazil took the win in the closing moments of the game as hooker Yan Rosetti broke through the line and popped the ball off to Tranquez who scored with Duque later adding a crucial penalty.

For Brazil:
Sancery, Duque, Tranquez
Cons: Duque 3
Pen: Duque
Yellow Card: Lopez

For Canada:
Blevins, McRorie
Cons: McRorie 2
Pens: McRorie 2
Yellow Card: Beukeboom

Brazil: 15 Daniel Sancery, 14 Ariel Rodrigues, 13 Felipe Sancery, 12 Moisés Duque, 11 Lucas Tranquez, 10 Josh Reeves, 9 Lucas Duque, 8 Nick Smith (c), 7 Arthur Bergo, 6 André Arruda, 5 Luiz Vieira, 4 Lucas Piero, 3 Pedro Bengaló, 2 Yan Rosetti, 1 Jonatas Paulo
Replacements: 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

Canada: 15 Guiseppe du Toit, 14 Dan Moor, 13 Conor Trainor, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 Rory McDonell, 10 Gradyn Bowd, 9 Gordon McRorie (c), 8 Admir Cejvanovic, 7 Lucas Rumball, 6 Matt Beukeboom, 5 Liam Chisholm, 4 Brett Beukeboom, 3 Matt Tierney, 2 Eric Howard, 1 Rob Brouwer
Replacements: 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

Referee: Damián Schneider
Assistant referees: Ricardo Sant’Anna, Murilo Bragotto

Uruguay 45-14 Chile

Uruguay put Chile to the sword, beating them 45-14 at the Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo on Saturday.

The home side scored six tries through prop Juan Echeverría, lock Diego Magno with wingers Leandro Leivas and Nicolás Freitas both grabbing braces.

It was a quiet first 20 minutes with no points being scored until Chile fly-half Francisco González Moller nabbed a penalty which was replied to moments later with Uruguay number 10 Germán Albanell scoring a three pointer for his side.

Echeverría would score in the 27th minute for Uruguay to take the lead which would be the last time in the game the scores would be so close with the home side packing on the tries after that.

Chile would finally score a try for themselves but only in the 79th minute to make the scoreline just a little bit closer.

For Uruguay:
Echeverría, Leivas 2, Freitas 2, Magno
Cons: Albanell 4, Silva 2
Pen: de Freitas
Red Card: Sagario

For Chile:
Pens: González Moller 2, Ianiszewski
Yellow Cards: González Moller, Ianiszewski

Uruguay: 15 Rodrigo Silva, 14 Leandro Leivas, 13 Juan Manuel Cat, 12 Andrés Vilaseca, 11 Nicolás Freitas, 10 Germán Albanell, 9 Guillermo Lijtenstein, 8 Alejandro Nieto, 7 Rodolfo Garese, 6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (c), 5 Diego Magno, 4 Ignacio Dotti, 3 Juan Echeverría, 2 Martín Espiga, 1 Mateo Sanguinetti
Replacements: 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

Chile: 15 Rodrigo Fernández, 14 Mauricio Urrutia, 13 José Ignacio Larenas, 12 Ricardo Sifri, 11 Tomás Ianiszewski, 10 Francisco González Moller, 9 Juan Pablo Larenas, 8 Benjamín Soto, 7 Anton Petrowitsch, 6 Cristóbal Niedmann, 5 Nikola Bursic, 4 Mario Mayol, 3 José Tomás Munita, 2 Manuel Gurruchaga (c), 1 Claudio Zamorano
Replacements: 16 Rodrigo Moya, 17 Vittorio Lastra, 18 Lucas Bordigoni, 19 Manuel Dagnino, 20 Arturo Seeman, 21 Sergio Bascuñan, 22 Jorge Castillo, 23 Martín Fernández

Referee: Kurt Weaver
Assistant referees: Claudio Cattivelli, Martín Bangueses (URU)