Argentina XV Gets Bonus Point Win over Uruguay in Americas Rugby Championship

February 12, 2017

Argentina XV Gets Bonus Point Win over Uruguay in Americas Rugby Championship


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Doug Coil

Argentina XV beat Uruguay 57-12 Saturday February 11 at Estadio Villa Mitre, Bahía Blanca.

In other matches, Canada beat Chile 36-15 at Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC and the Eagles beat Brazil 51-3 at Dell Diamond Stadium in Round Rock (Austin), Texas .

The standings after round one find Argentina and the USA with 9 points, Canada with 5, Brazil with 4 points, Uruguay 1 point, and Chile with 0 points.

In the first round, Argentina XV beat Canada 20-6, the USA won 29-23 over Uruguay and Brazil beat Chile 17-3. For a recap of the matches read Recap Round 1 .

Next week, on February 18, Canada will host the United States at Swangard Stadium, Chile will host Argentina XV at Estadio CAP and Uruguay will play Brazil at Estadio Domingo Burgueno.

Argentina XV v Uruguay

The Argentina XV scored nine tries in a dominant 57-12 win over Uruguay in Bahía Blanca. Scrumhalf Sebastián Cancelliere scored a hat-trick in the win and the side took advantage of two yellow cards by Uruguay in adding to their lead.

Uruguay opened the scoring in the 13th minute, as an Alejandro Nieto offload to Santiago Arata resulted in a try under the posts and then adding a Germán Albanell conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Two minutes later, Argentina XV scrumhalf Sebastián Cancelliere took a quick tap after a penalty and went in for a try. Domingo Miotti then knotted the score at 7 all with the conversion.

Miotti then had an opportunity to have Argentina grab it’s first lead, but the kick was missed. In the ensuing play, a Mateo Sanguinetti late tackle of Segundo Tuculet, resulted in a yellow card.

Argentina then did add their second try after a scrum to Uruguay where their captain Nieto attacked and was stripped of the ball by Cancelliere and went in for an unconverted try and a 12-7 lead. On the restart, Miotti added a try of his own, although he missed the conversion. Hooker Marcelo Brandi added the fourth try of the half and this time Miotti converted for a 24-7 lead that Argentina XV would take into the break.

Uruguay showed their resolve in the second half as Juan de Freitas went in for an unconverted try to narrow the lead to 24-12.  That would be as close as the score would get in the second half, as Argentina showed their attacking prowess.

First, Cancelliere added his hat trick try and Miotti converted. Santiago Montagner added another try. Then after Nicolás Freitas  was sent to the bin, Santiago Álvarez added a try under the posts and Tomás Granella converted for an insurmountable 43-12 lead.

Olympian Fernando Luna added a try and then converted his try to reach the half century before Montagner added his second try of the match. Luna again converted and Argentina emerged with a 57-12 bonus point win.

Next week, Argentina will travel to Talcahuano to play Chile whilet Uruguay will host Brazil in Punta del Este.

Argentina XV v Uruguay: 1 Francisco Ferronato 2 Marcelo Brandi 3 Santiago Medrano 4 Pedro Ortega 5 Ignacio Larrague 6 Mariano Romanini 7 Lautaro Bavaro (c) 8 Tomás de la Vega 9 Sebastián Cancelliere 10 Domingo Miotti 11 Julián DomÍnguez 12 Santiago Álvarez 13 Juan Cappiello 14 Segundo Tuculet 15 Bautista Delguy 16 Axel Zapata 17 Eduardo Bello 18 Alejo Brem 19 Franco Molina 20 Santiago Montagner 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez 22 Tomás Granella 23 Fernando Luna Head coach Felipe Contepomi, Ass’ts: Ignacio, Fernández Lobbe & Diego Teravasio

Uruguay  v. Argentina XV 1. Mateo Sanguinetti 2. Martín Espiga 3. Juan Echeverría 4. Ignacio Dotti 5. Diego Ayala 6. Rodolfo Garese 7. Gonzalo Soto 8. Alejandro Nieto (C) 9. Santiago Arata 10. Germán Albanell 11. Francisco Berchesi 12. Juan de Freitas 13. Juan Manuel Cat 14. Nicholás Freitas 15. Rodrigo Silva 16. Facundo Gattas 17. Matías Benítez 18. Felipe Inciarte 19.Diego Ayala 20. Manuel Diana 21. Guillermo Lijtenstein 22. Lucas Durán 23. Ignacio García

Argentina XV 57 (24) v Uruguay 12 (7)
Estadio Villa Mitre, Bahía Blanca. Crowd: 7,000
For Argentina XV: Tries Sebastián Cancelliere (15’, 23’, 48’), Domingo Miotti (28’), Marcelo Brandi (35’), Santiago Montagner (55’, 76’), Santiago Álvarez (58’), Fernando Luna (69’); conversions Domingo Miotti (16’, 36’, 49’), Tomás Granella (59’), Fernando Luna (70’, 76’)
For Uruguay: Try Santiago Arata (12’), Juan de Freitas (44’); conversions Germán Albanell (13’)

Argentina: 1 Francisco Ferronato (60’ 17 Eduardo Bello), 2 Marcelo Brandi (51’ 16 Axel Zapata), 3 Santiago Medrano (62’ 18 Alejo Brem); 4 Pedro Ortega (55’ 19 Franco Molina), 5 Ignacio Larrague; 6 Mariano Romanini, 7 Lautaro Bavaro (captain); 8 Tomás de la Vega (52’ 20 Santiago Montagner); 9 Sebastián Cancelliere (51’ 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez), 10 Domingo Miotti (51’ 22 Tomás Granella); 11 Julián Domínguez, 12 Juan Cappielo, 13 Santiago Álvarez, 14 Segundo Tuculet (60’ 23 Fernando Luna); 15 Bautista Delguy.

Uruguay: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti (21’ sin-bin)(56’ 16 Facundo Gattas), 2 Martín Espiga (67’ 17 Matías Benítez), 3 Juan Echeverría (58’ 18 Felipe Inciarte)(72’ Juan Echeverría); 4 Ignacio Dotti (65’ 19 Diego Ayala), 5 Diego Magno; 6 Rodolfo Garese, 7 Gonzalo Soto (temp 22’-31’ 16 Facundo Gattas); 8 Alejandro Nieto (captain) (42’ 20 Manuel Diana); 9 Santiago Arata (51’ 21 Guillermo Lietjenstein), 10 Germán Albanell (61’ 22 Lucas Durán); 11 Francisco Berchesi (26’ 23 Ignacio García), 12 Juan de Freitas, 13 Juan Manuel Cat, 14 Nicolás Freitas (52’ sin-bin); 15 Rodrigo Silva

Referee: Kurt Weaver (USA). Assistant Referees: Damián Schneider and Santiago Altobelli (Argentina)

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