February 14, 2016
Argentina XV Wins Against Chile: Americas Rugby Championship
Argentina XV v Chile: San Juan, Argentina – February 13, 2016
Argentina XV beat Chile 52-15 in the second round of the Americas Rugby Championship. Argentina XV scored eight tries in a bonus point win, including four from Joaquín Paz. The match was viewed by 8,500 spectators at he Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario and significantly more, as the match was on ESPN3.
Two minutes into the match, Segundo Tuculet scored a try from a counterattack. The conversion was good and Argentina XV had a 7-0 lead.
Chile narrowed the gap on a penalty kick by Matías Nordenflycht, who would kick three during the first half.
Other first half tries for Argentina XV came from Joaquín Paz (16′) and Segundo Tuculet (24′)
The score at halftime was Argentina XV 19-9 Chile.
Matías Nordenflycht added a fourth penalty kick early in the second half and would add a fifth at the sixty eight minute mark to account for all of Chile’s scoring.
Meanwhile, Argentina XV would add five more second half tries to turn a closer first half score to a convincing bonus point win. Three of these tries came from Joaquín Paz, who had four for the day. He was clearly the Man of the Match. Two other tries were scored by Santiago Portillo and Rodrigo Etchart.
Final: Argentina XV 52-15 Chile
Argentina XV will play against Uruguay in Punta del Este next week, while Chile travels to Fort Lauderdale to play the United States. In other third round Americas Rugby Championship action next week Canada hosts Brazil in Langford, BC.
Argentina XV v Chile, Saturday, February 13
Referee: Kurt Weaver (USA). Assistants: Claudio Antonio and Jason Mola
Argentina XV Squad: 1 Roberto Tejerizo (cap) 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. Res: 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
Chile Squad: 1 Claudio Zamorano 2 Rodrio Moya 3 Luis Sepúlveda 4 Nikola Bursic 5 Raimundo Piwonka 6 Cristobal Niedman 7 Javier Richard 8 Benjamín Soto (cap) 9 Beltrán Vergara 10 Cristian Onetto 11 Ítalo Zunino 12 Francisco de la Fuente 13 Matías Nordenflycht 14 José Ignacio Larenas 15 Leonardo Montoya. Res: 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