Sunday, October 10, 2010

Americas Rugby Championship Round Two

The second round of matches in the 2010 Americas Rugby Championship will take place latter on today in Cordoba, Argentina. The home side have made six changes to their team which outclassed the Canadians 49-14 on Tuesday. Luciano Proto replaces Matías Cortese at hooker in the only change in the forwards while Martín Landajo, Federico Sánchez, Juan Imhoff, Gabriel Ascárate and Román Miralles have been named as five changes in the backs in place of Nicolás Bruzzone, Ignacio Mieres, Mauro Comuzzi, Horacio San Martín y Joaquín Tuculet. The changes show confidence from Los Jaguars as they go head to head with the USA Select XV who also won their opening match 20-15 vs Tonga A.

The hosts took on the Canadians shortly after at the same venue and showed why Argentina is one of the best teams on the planet with Los Jaguares playing attacking rugby and taking only ten minutes to score the first try with fullback Joaquin Tuculet finishing off some great passing. Wing Mauro Comuzzi, prop Mauricio Guidone and backrower Genaro Fessia all scored in the first half to give the Argentina side a 30-9 lead at half time.

The north americans showed great attacking intentions after the break but it was Argentine winger, Agustín Gosio who scored first after recieving a superb pass from centre Juan Pablo Estellés. Backrower, Leonardo Senatore scored next and this gave Argentina an uncatchable 44-9 lead. Canada persisted however and scored their first and only try late in the match with replacement backrower, Stan McKeen scoring in the 77th minute. Agustín Gosio had the final say however scoring his second try to secure the 49-14 win.

The USA Selects did very well to hold off Tonga A who had a strong wind at their backs in the first half and took the lead 8-3 at the interval. The wind proved the difference as Tonga failed to use to to their advantage in the first half and missed several kicks at goal. Early in the second half USA backrower, Pat Danahy scored to even the scores at 8-8. Tonga responded with Pataleone Vi and Tupou combining to score second try. With the conversion Tonga took a 15-8 lead. US Under 20 player, Tai Enosa broke the line showing good feet to score for the USA. When second rower, Samu Manoa scored for the USA Selects in the 64th minute they took a seven point lead and would not be caught.

USA coach and former Ireland coach, Eddie O’Sullivan said “We are happy with the win, this is the first national tour for a number of our players so it is very special. A number of places for the fall tour could be decided on this trip and every player is wanting to make an impression.”

Argentina Jaguars

15 Román Miralles, 14 Agustín Gosio, 13 Juan Pablo Estelles, 12 Gabriel Ascárate, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Miguel De Achaval (c), 7 Leonardo Senatore, 6 Genaro Fessia, 5 Santiago Guzmán, 4 Julio Farías Cabello, 3 Maximiliano Bustos, 2 Luciano Proto, 1 Mauricio Guidone

Reserves: 16 Roberto Tejerizo, 17 Matías Narváez, 18 Benjamín Macome, 19 Tomás De La Vega, 20 Nicolás Bruzzone, 21 Ignacio Mieres, 22 Joaquín Tuculet

USA Select XV

1 Tala Esera, 2 Chris Biller, 3 Ross Silverman, 4 Samu Manoa, 5 Tom Katzfey, 6 Patrick Danahy, 7 Vai Notoa, 8 Nic Johnson (captain), 9 Benny Mateialona, 10 Volney Rouse, 11 Zach Test, 12 Gareth Jones, 13 Troy Hall, 14 Duncan Kelm, 15 Taivalu Enosa

Reserves:  16 Phillip Thiel, 17 Eric Fry, 18 Brian Doyle, 19 Matthew Hawkins, 20 Shalom Suniula, 21 Valanese Malifa, 22 Andrew Suniula
Canada Select XV

1. Frank Walsh, 2. Mike Pletch, 3. Jason Marshall, 4. Brian Erichsen, 5. Brett Beukeboom, 6 Jebb Sinclair,
7. Kevin Parfrey, 8. Mark MacSween, 9. Sean White, 10. Connor Braid, 11. Ryan Tomlinson, 12. Ryan Smith (Captain), 13. Tyler Wish, 14. Nick Blevins, 15. Sean Ferguson

Reserves: 16. Pat Riordan, 17. Hubert Buydens, 18. Jon Phelan, 19. Mitch Gudgeon, 20. Jeremy Kyne, 21. Jamie MacKenzie, 22. Eric Wilson

Tonga A

1 Viliami Pola, 2 Kameliele Sakalia, 3 Makoni Finau, 4 Talite Vaioleti, 5 Taumei Hikila, 6 Joseph Kuea Kolokihakaufisi, 7 Ruthika Ilolahia, 8 Christopher Aho, 9 Mahe Fangupo, 10 Thomas Palu, 11 Viliami Ahofono Hakalo, 12 Damien Fakafanua, 13 Petuliki Charles Mateo, 14 Etueni Siua, 15 Fine Vea Mesui Lemoto

Reserves: 16 Pataleone Vi, 17 Soane Victor Patita Leger, 18 Amone Vea, 19 Paea Siulangapo, 20 Matini Tupou, 21 Soane Havea, 22 Fangatapu Apikotoa


  1. Hi Paul...Excellent video and excellent chronicle. What do you think about Comuzzi?...

    In other concern, the commentator in this video is Q. Wolff, one of the most famous commentators of soccer in the Argentine. Of course, he is learning how trasmit the Rugby....Cheers. Néstor

  2. I think Comuzzi is a very talented player but needs to play in Europe to improve his game. He needs something special to be selected for Argentina because in Los Pumas there are some very good wingers like Amorisino, Carballo, Camacho, Borges and Agulla. I think Comuzzi would be rated behind all of these guys as well as Aramburu.

    As I understand it an Italian club is interested in signing him.