USA Men’s Eagles Suffers Loss to Uruguay

The USA Men’s Eagles faced Uruguay in the fourth round of the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship on March 2 at Starfire Sports Stadium. Uruguay emerged with a 32-25 win, Los Teros first win over the Eagles on U.S. soil.

As the result of the loss, the Eagles fell to 15th place in the World Rugby standings, while Uruguay moved to 16th.

The Eagles will conclude the ARC against Canada on Friday, March 8 at Starfire Sports with the kickoff at 10:10 pm ET and will be broadcast LIVE on FloRugby.

Match Recap

Less than a minute into the match, the Eagles were penalized and Los Teros elected to go for goal. Federico Favaro’s kick from beyond midfield bounced off the posts. Soon after a turnover led to a try by Mateo Sanguinetti and after Favaro converted Uruguay had a 7-0 lead.

Joe Taufete’e then mauled over the try line after a lineout and broke the try record for front row players in his 21 appearance. A second Taufete’e try then gave the U.S. a 10-7 lead.

Favaro then missed a chance to level the match after his penalty kick was wide left. Favaro redeemed the miss after receiving an offlaod from Vilaseca for a try to reclaim the lead 12-10. That was short lived as Hooley slotted a kick to retake a 13-12 lead.

Juan Manuel Cat then extended their lead off a breakdown to 19-13 at the break.

Uruguay extended the lead early in the second half as Uruguay took a high ball by Hooley and attacked with Favaro then Cat runs before Favaro finished with a try to push the lead to 24-13.

The USA were now in a deep hole and needed points right away. The team then mauled after a lineout with Taufete’e gaining a hat trick try to cut the lead to 24-18.

The Eagles then had two scoring opportunities before a penalty and a handling error allowed Uruguay to escape the pressure. Los Teros then extended their lead to 29-18 after a Nicholas Freitas try.

A high tackle by Uruguay captain Juan Manuel Gaminara on Hanco Germishuys sent him to the bin for the remainder of the match. The Eagles capitalized from a Cam Dolan skip pass to Blaine Scully for a try and a conversion by Will Magie to cut the lead to 29-25 with 7 minutes remaining in the match.

A U.S. penalty then led to a Vilaseca kick for a 32-25 Uruguay win.

Credit Uruguay for defending the try line with the U.S. poised to score a couple of times. Congratulations go to Andres Vilaseca for his 50th try and to Joe Taufete’e for his record breaking try performance.

The U.S. entered the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship with high expectations and ranked at an all-time high of 12th place. The performances of Georgia, Tonga, and Italy along with the loss to Uruguay, has moved the Eagles downward into 15th place. They face Canada in the final match on Friday, March 8.

USA Head Coach Gary Gold has attempted to balance the team needs with the compromises made with Major Legue Rugby and with European Professional leagues. Those demands have not provided the consistency that is desired, but the USA will need to evaluate player performances as they continue their preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


USA: 1. Chance Wenglewski (Lindenwood University 3) 2. Joe Taufete’e (Worcester Warriors -ENG, 20) 3. Paul Mullen (Houston SaberCats 8) 4. Nate Brakeley (Rugby United New York 17) 5. Nick Civetta (Doncaster Knights ENG 20) 6. Tevita Tameilau (Glasgow Warriors SCO 14) 7. Hanco Germishuys (Glendale Raptors 13) 8. Cam Dolan (NOLA Gold 42) 9. Ruben de Haas (Free State Cheetahs RSA 9) 10. Will Magie Glendale Raptors 21) 11. Marcel Brache (Western Force AUS 14) 12. Paul Lasike (Harlequins ENG 11) 13. Bryce Campbell (London Irish ENG 23) 14. Blaine Scully (C) (Cardiff Blues WAL 44) 15. Will Hooley (Bedford Blues ENG 7) 16 Kapeli Pifeleti (San Diego Legion 1) 17 David Ainuu (Toulouse FRA 3) 18 Dino Waldren (London Irish ENG16) 19 Ben Landry (Ealing Trailfinders ENG15) 20 John Quill (Rugby United New York 30) 21 Nick Boyer (San Diego Legion 1) 22 Dylan Audsley (San Diego Legion 7) 23 Gannon Moore (Utah Warriors 3)

Uruguay: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti (Houston SaberCats) 2 Germán Kessler (Los Cuervos) 3 Juan Rombys (Trébol) 4 Ignacio Dotti (NOLA Gold) 5 Diego Magno (Houston SaberCats) 6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (Cap., Old Boys) 7 Juan Diego Ormaechea (Carrasco Polo) 8 Alejandro Nieto (Houston SaberCats) 9 Santiago Arata (Houston SaberCats) 10 Juan Manuel Cat (Old Boys) 11Nicolás Freitas (Carrasco Polo) 12 Andrés Vilaseca (Austin Elite 13 Joaquín Prada (Los Cuervos) 14 Federico Favaro (Old Christians) 15 Gastón Mieres (Toronto Arrows 16 Facundo Gattas (Hindú, AR) 17 Juan Echeverría (Austin Elite) 18 Mario Sagario (Carrasco Polo) 19 Franco Lamanna (Darlington Mowden Park, UK) 20 Leandro Segredo (Old Christians) 21Tomás Inciarte (Old Christians) 22 Manuel Blengio (Old Christians) 23 Agustin Della Corte (Trébol de Paysandú)

USA Men’s Eagles Staff

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Defense Coach | Jaque Fourie
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr (Chile, Argentina Uruguay, Canada)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Manager | Chris Hanson

Americas Rugby Championship 2019 Schedule & Results

  • vs Chile 71-8 (W)
  • vs Argentina XV  45-14 (L)
  • vs Brazil 33-28 (W)
  • Saturday, Mar 2 vs Uruguay 7:10 PM PT Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA Get Tickets
  • Friday, Mar 8 vs Canada 7:10 PM PT Starfire Sports, Seattle, WA

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