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Pampas On Track

What happened? The Argentina Pampas kept their unbeaten record intact in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge with a resounding 36-15 win over Canada A. And the Pampas will be on
19 Mar 2015 07:32
Pampas On Track
Argentina Pampas’ Manuel Montero sprints to score against Canada A during the World Rugby Pacific Rugby Challenge at ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

What happened?

The Argentina Pampas kept their unbeaten record intact in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge with a resounding 36-15 win over Canada A.

And the Pampas will be on track to defend their title when they play the Telecom Fijian Warriors in the final at the ANZ Stadium on Monday.

The Canadians drew first blood in the opening minutes of the match with a try to Harry Jones converted by halfback Gordon McRorie.

The Pampas replied shortly with a try to Santiago Cordero which was not converted by Santiago  Gonzalez Iglesias.

The Pampas soon overtook the Canadians with a runaway try to winger Emiliano Boffelli right under the post with skipper Iglesias kicking the conversion.

Canada A picked up the pace and capitalized on an opportunity to gain a penalty in their favour, successfully converted McRorie.

However, the Argentineans were not to be outdone so soon as centre Manuel Montero powered through to gain another try for his side to keep them in the lead 17-10.

Halftime: Argentina Pampas XV 17-10 Canada A

Pampas scored through Facundo Isa to put them ahead 22-10.

The Canadians came back with a try to 7s star Conor Trainor but Liam Underwood failed with conversion. Scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli evaded the Canadian defence to score for the Pampas with a successful conversion from Javier Rovas. But it was Pablo Matera who sealed the victory for the South Americans with Rovas kicking the conversion to end the game 36-15.

Pampas go through to defend the title in the first-second place play-off next Monday while Canada A will play for the third-fourth place play-off.

Full time: Argentina Pampas XV 36-15 Canada A

Star turn:   

Montero was on fire for his side powering through the defence thrice for two scores.

Big play:

The Argentineans emerged the better team and outmaneuvered the Canadians for possession as well as having a more aggressive attack.

Comments:

Argentina Pampas XV flanker Pablo Matera: “We knew it was a big thing because they’re really good in scrums and lineouts, so it was a tough game.

“Now we have to think about Fiji.  They are very physical sides and we have to prepare well.”

Canada A backline Conor Trainor: “Argentina are a very tough team. These guys are a very good team and very well drilled. We gave it our all out there and it was just little passes and mistakes and they put it to us in the last 20 minutes.

“We have to go back to the drawing board. We’ve got to take care of those basic skills. We can’t think about who we’re playing. We’ve just got to think about ourselves and get our game and process right and the game will take care of itself.”

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 



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