The battle to be South America´s second best side took place in the north-eastern Argentine city of Puerto Iguazú on Friday as Uruguay looked to extend its unbeaten run vs Chile. The last time Chile had defeated Uruguay was close to a decade ago, back in 2002 when Los Condores completed a 10-6 win in Santiago. Since that time, Uruguay have been notching up win after win and in the past three years the results have wins by scores tranging from 17 to 37 points. Friday´s match in Argentina, however, ripped up the script as Los Condores defeated Los Teros 21-18 to end a long nine year drought. The result will have implications for the IRB World Rankings of both sides but more importantly underlines the need to have more fixtures of this kind as the Sul Americano A event needs to be organized similarly to the HSBC Asian 5 Nations.
Uruguay scored the first points of the game in the sixth minute of play with a penalty to Matías Arocena. Five minutes latter he would extend Los Teros lead to six points with a drop goal and then to nine points in the seventeenth minute with his second penalty. Chile got on the board in the twenty-second minute with a penalty to Francisco Cruz. Arocena and Cruz then exchanged penalties as Los Teros held a 12-6 lead after half an hour of play. In what was an even contest with both sets of forwards putting in big hits Los Condores tied the scores at 12-12 after thirty-four minutes following a third penalty to Francisco Cruz and a drop goal to Benjamín Omegna. Uruguay, however, went into the break leading 15-12 after Matías Arocena kicked a penalty on halftime. Scores were all even again in the fiftieth minute as Francisco Cruz slotted his fourth penalty goal. Arocena restored Uruguay´s three point advantage shortly thereafter before Cruz made it 18-18 with fourteen minutes remaining. In a tense ending to the match, Cruz slotted a penalty with one minute remaining to see the battle of the birds result in an upset as Chile were triumphant 21-18.