Saturday, May 4, 2013

Argentina topple Brazil 83-0 to retain South American Championship

Photo: UAR
The hype surrounding Brazilian rugby has again failed to deliver results where it matters most. The largest South American country has more players today than Uruguay, ad considerably so, but continues to firmly remain as the fourth best rugby nation in the continent. Today´s loss against Argentina in Montevideo saw a young and entirely amateur side hammer the Brazilians by twelve tries to zero to win another South American Championship crown.

Brazil did have its moments but they were limited as the skill and fitness levels of the Argentine side was significantly superior which left Brazil to do not much than tackle for the duration of the contest. Brazil did counter attack and should have scored in the openning minutes but the lack of pace was costly as Argentine forwards were able to catch up to Brazilian backs after Argentina had thrown an intercept pass. From the resulting play Argentina scored the first try of the game as German Schultz went over in the third minute. It was the first of an early onslaught that saw Argentina leading 21-0 and hold a one man advantage after thirteen due to Brazil´s poor discipline.

When the first half came to a close the only question was whether or not it would be a similar scoreline to that of the 111-0 result from 2012. it was certainly on the cards despite Argentina fielding an inferior side to that from last year. The difference between the two Argentine teams was vast with notable players from the Vodacom Cup having played in the 2012 fixture while the 2013 match saw an Argentine team without players from Pampas XV with the team instead having players in line for a place in the Pumitas team for the IRB Junior World Championship and other domestic based amateurs. Playing in 2012 were the likes of Facundo Barrea, Rodrigo Bruno, Tomás Cubelli, Manuel Montero, Ramiro Moyano and Leonardo Senatore who represented Argetina against Tier One opposition in subsequent tests beginning in June.

The 2013 side, in contrast, lacked any comparable players but was still able to ease to a comfortable victory over Brazil after having also defeated Uruguay and Chile over the past seven days. One of the most notable players on the field for Argentina was Pablo Matera who made a name for himself for Los Pumitas in the 2012 Junior World Championship. Matera played the match today at openside flanker and, like his starting colleagues, was a try scorer. His secondhalf try was one of four but it looked like there would be others only for the referee to blow full time with two minutes remaining on the clock.

One of the central themes from the match was fitness as it was clear that players had been pushed to and beyond the limits as it was the third test match in one week. Given the IRB and Rugby World Cup Ltd´s  moves to try to give teams more rest time the CONSUR schedule can be described as nothing short of being entirely unacceptable. 

The tournament´s two other teams, Chile and Uruguay are playing later today with the winner advancing to play the North American runner-up with the winner of the home and away series to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015 as Americas 2.

3 comments:

  1. URG defeated CHI in a result that wasn't too surprising.

    As for Brazil, I really think that it would help the region, if not the whole of the Americas if their players were playing in Argentina in a Semi pro league.

    Argentina now has over 300 "class" players in the interior, excluding Buenos Aries.

    With more hard fought games for the whole of S.America, we will truly see improvements.

    ARG must not only help URG, but the whole region!

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  2. I agree, too....but first the Brazilian Rugby Confederation should probably look into a ceremony to make up for choosing a team mascot who is an indigenous people....and have another competition that respects the dignity and cultural heritage of a people who have suffered and continue to suffer the unimaginable....I think players like Iuimano Sapolo and the IRB would agree too....until then....Im only to happy to see future PUMAS lock and lock against the likes of Ku-Klux Klan.... that's what it looks like....

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