Uruguay Comes Back to Beat Brazil In Americas Rugby Championship Match

February 12, 2016

Uruguay Comes Back to Beat Brazil In Americas Rugby Championship Match

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Photo: Doug Coil -Winning Try by Uruguay

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In a seesaw match that saw Brazil take an early 16-3 lead, Uruguay stormed back to cut the halftime deficit to 16-15. The second half also produced exciting play by both sides and it wasn’t until the 74 minute mark before Uruguay’s Franco Lamanna crashed over for a try and the win. The Final score was Brazil 29-33 Uruguay in a second round Americas Rugby Championship match.

The current Standings now have Canada and Uruguay with 5 points, Chile with 4, Argentina and the United States with 3 and Brazil with 2. In matches on Saturday, Argentina XV plays Chile and USA plays Canada, so standings will be impacted accordingly.

Brazil v Uruguay Recap

Brazil’s David Harvey opened the scoring with a penalty kick two minutes into the match. The score was then knotted three minutes later when Uruguay’s Rodrigo Silva slotted his own kick.

Harvey then kicked another penalty and Brazil had a 6-3 lead. Brazil lead then increased from a try by Luis Vieira, a lock and was conversion was good by Harvey. Brazil now led 13-3 (12′). Harvey increased his total with another penalty kick and Uruguay led 16-3.

A short time later, Uruguay mounted a comeback fueled by a yellow card to Brazil’s Wilton Rebolo. A penalty try was awarded to Uruguay and the conversion was made by Silva. (Brazil 16-10 Uruguay, 33′) Just prior to halftime, Franco Lamanna narrowed the lead to 16-15. The conversion was wide by Silva.

During the first half, Uruguay had about 80 percent of the possession, yet Brazil had a narrow 16-15 lead.

Seven minutes into the second half, Uruguay took their first lead on a Rodrigo Silva penalty kick. (Brazil 16-18 Uruguay, 47′) That lead was quickly erased on another David Harvey penalty kick. That was his fourth on the day. (Brazil 19-18 Uruguay, 54′)

Brazil then had the break that they were looking for when scrumhalf Daniel Sancery kicked ahead and Lucas Duque raced ahead and scooped the ball up for a try. Harvey converted and Brazil had a 26-18 lead.

Both sides were seeing replacements enter the match. One of these, Santiago Arata, scored a try and Uruguay was within striking distance. Sliva who was very erratic with his kicking missed the conversion wide. (Brazil 26-23 Uruguay, 60′)

Uruguay was able to regain the lead when Brazil was penalized. Uruguay kicked to touch for a 5 meter Lineout. After winning the Lineout, a Maul developed and German Kessler was in for a try. This time Santiago Martinez was wide on the conversion. (Brazil 26-28 Uruguay, 65′)

The restart was then taken by Brazil deep into Uruguay territory. An infraction by Uruguay, resulted in a fifth penalty kick by David harvey. (Brazil 29-28 Uruguay, 69′)

It seemed like the last team to have possession would win this match. Although that did not prove to be true, Brazil helped Uruguay cause with a second yellow card, this time to Mark Jackson. (72′) Uruguay did not gain the lead this time, as Rodrigo Silva kick sailed wide again. One minute later however, Franco Lamanna went over from a forward assault for his second and winning try. Another missed conversion by Silva, did not harm Uruguay as they were able to hold off Brazil for a 33-29 win.

Full Time: Brazil 29-33 Uruguay

Brazil v Uruguay – February 12, 2016
Referee: Damián Schneider (Argentina) Assistants: Xavier Vouga and Henrique Platais

Brazil Squad: 1 Wilton Rebolo 2 Yan Rosetti 3 Jardel Vettorato 4 Lucas Piero Moraes 5 Luis Vieira 6 Mark Jackson 7 Cleber Días 8 Joao Da Ros (cap) 9 Lucas Duque 10 David Harvey 11 Lucas Muller 12 Moisés Duque 13 Felipe Sancery 14 Guilherme Coghetto 15 Daniel Sancery. Reserves: 16 Daniel Danielewicz 17 Caique Silva 18 Vitor Ancina 19 Felipe Tissot 20 Nicholas Smith 21 Mateus Tavares 22 Laurent Couhet 23 Yan Machado

Uruguay Squad: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Carlos Arboleya 3 Juan Echeverría 4 Franco Lamanna 5 Diego Magno 6 Gonzalo Soto 7 Matías Beer 8 Alejandro Nieto (cap) 9 Guillermo Lietjenstein 10 Rodrigo Silva 11 Federico Favaro 12 Andrés Vilaseca 13 Pedro Deal 14 Leandro Leivas 15 Santiago Martínez. Reserves: 16 Germán Kessler 17 Facundo Gattas 18 Ignacio Secco 19 Ignacio Dotti 20 Lukas Lacoste 21 Santiago Arata 22 Martín Secco 23 Alberto Román

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