Argentina XV 79 v 07 Brazil
( H/T 22-07)
Argentina XV and the USA Eagles will play for the Americas Rugby Championship next Saturday after both teams won their fourth consecutive matches.
Whilst USA beat Chile 57-9 in Santiago, Argentina XV beat the Brazilians 79-7, twelve tries to one, in the southernmost rugby venue in the world, at the Agustín Pichot Ground in Ushuaia.
Although the outcome was never in doubt, Brazil played some of its best rugby in this tournament, in the first half when they broke the Pumas for a try, two other try-scoring opportunities were thwarted by last-ditch tackles.
Playing at home, Argentina XV will be aiming for its second consecutive ARC tournament win, but the scene is set for a wonderful, de-facto, final. The last time both teams met in this tournament, the game ended in a draw.
With a sizeable crowd in a ground surrounded by mountains and the Beagle Channel, Argentina XV started with an early try – scrumhalf Sebastián Cancelliere touching down from a turned over ball in the second minute.
Os Tupis came to play and three minutes later took the lead from a very well executed try. From a lineout, flyhalf Joshua Reeves passed to Felipe Sancery who offloaded after a very good break for Moisés Duque to score in the tackle. His conversion put his team in front, if only briefly. These would be the only points scored by Brazil.
Fly-half Domingo Miotti kicked a penalty on the twelfth minute and six minutes later, club-mates Germán Schulz and Franco Brarda combined for Argentina’s second try even if there was a knock-on unspotted by match officials. Brazil were at the time down to fourteen, with captain Nick Smith in the bin.
Twice Brazil came close to scoring tries, but it was former Puma Tomás de la Vega who, again from a turnover, would score a five-pointer to enable his side to go to the break leading 22-7.
It didn’t take long for the home side to score again as Brazil was down to 14 almost as soon as the second half started. With seconds, from a rolling maul, hooker Marcelo Brandi emerged as the scorer. It was the first of nine tries in the last 40 minutes.
The try-scoring floodgates opened and in similar fashion, de la Vega scored his second and within four minutes wing Germán Schulz, an Olympian in Rio 2016, intercepted a pass to run half the length of the field to stretch the score to 41-7 after the goal from Tomás Granella.
It didn’t take long for Canceliere to score his brace with fullback Emiliano Boffelli, in his first game in nine months, offloading to send his scrumhalf in. The eighth Argentine try was scored by lock Ignacio Larrague, crashing through after a quick tapped penalty.
Even if Brazil struggled with the strength of the home side, and a weather pattern unknown to them, going from sun, to wind, to rain all within the game, when they had a sniff of a ball they still tried to attack despite the hardships endured.
The most celebrated try was scored by Emiliano Boffelli who counterattack from deep and evaded four tackles showing the promise he had before his knee injury. He is on the return trail before joining Jaguares, the local Super Rugby outfit.
Juan Cappiello and Lautaro Bazán Vélez, twice, completed the try-scoring for a solid win.
Argentina XV 79 (22) v Brazil 7 (7)
Estadio Municipal Agustín Pichot, Ushuaia
For Argentina XV:
Tries Sebastián Cancelliere (2’, 55’), Franco Brarda (18’), Tomás de la Vega (36’, 49’), Marcelo Brandi (42’), Germán Schulz (52’), Ignacio Lagarrague (61’), Emiliano Boffelli (65’), Juan Cappiello (68’), Lautaro Bazán Vélez (73’, 79’)
Conversions Domingo Miotti (19’, 37’, 49’), Tomás Granella (52’, 53’, 66’, 69’), Emiliano Boffelli (73)
Penalty Domingo Miotti (12’)
Try Moisés Duque (5’)
Conversion Moisés Duque (6’)
Argentina XV: 1 Franco Brarda (50’ 17 Facundo Gigena), 2 Marcelo Brandi (50’ 16 Gaspar Baldunciel), 3 Alejo Brem (45’ 18 Santiago Medrano, sin bin 58’); 4 Pedro Ortega (60’ 19 Franco Molina), 5 Ignacio Lagarrague; 6 Mariano Romanini (temp 65-69’ 3 Alejo Brem), 7 Lautaro Bavaro (captain); 8 Tomás de la Vega (60’ 20 Rodrigo Bruni); 9 Sebastián Cancelliere (60’ 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez), 10 Domingo Miotti (50’ 22 Juan Capiello); 11 Franco Cuaranta, 12 Tomás Granella, 13 Segundo Tuculet, 14 Germán Schulz; 15 Juan Cruz González (40’ 23 Emiliano Boffelli)
Brazil: 1 Wilton Rebolo, 2 Yan Rossetti (34’ 16 Daniel Danielewicz) (78’ 18 Pedro Bengalo), 3 Caique Segura (27’ 17 Vitor Ancina); 4 Gabriel Paganini sin bin 41’), 5 Diego López (47’ 19 Lucas Piero); 6 Joao da Ros (sin bin 78’), 7 André Arruda; 8 Nicholas Smith (captain)(sin bin 14’)(47’ 20 Daniel Mathias); 9 Matheus Silva, 10 Joshua Reeves; 11 Jacobus van Niekerk (18’ 23 Robert Tenorio), 12 Moisés Duque, 13 Felipe Sancery (71’ 22 Luan Smanio), 14 Ariel Rodrígues; 15 Daniel Sancery. Reserve: 21 Johannes Cremer
Referee: Claudio Cativelli (Uruguay)
Assistant Referees: Damián Schneider and Pablo Deluca (Argentina)