Friday, March 13, 2015

Pacific Challenge: Pampas XV topple Tonga 'A' in Suva

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Playing their second match of the Pacific Challenge competition in Fiji the Pampas XV went 2-0 by defeating Tonga 'A' 31-7 in Suva on Saturday local time. The South Americans scored five tries to one in what was an emphatic victory over Tonga's leading amateur players. Argentina and Tonga will play against each other in Rugby World Cup with players from both teams  competing for consideration in Rugby World Cup squad of their respective nations. Argentina v Tonga is to be played in Leicester as the third of four pool matches for both teams. 

Having won against Fiji 'A' in Suva earlier in the week the Pampas XV remained undefeated after two rounds by completing a comfortable win over Tonga 'A' in the Fijian capital of Suva on Saturday afternoon local time. Unlike in the opening round match the South Americans were in control throughout as a notably altered team was able to control play. 

The Pampas XV got off to an impressive start as Rosario winger Tomás Corrío scored a 5th minute try while fly half Javier Rojas crossed ten minutes later and Santiago Cordero went over in the 33rd minute. The Pampas XV's try line was not crossed which saw the Pampas XV 17-0 at the interval. It could have been more had Rojas landed more kicks. 

Rojas converted one of the Pampas XV's first half tries but landed both of the team's second half tries starting with a try scored by Facundo Isa in the 47th minute. The score all but secured the match result and with scrumhalf and captain Martín Landajo crossing in the 51st minute the Pampas XV were 31-0 ahead. Tonga 'A', though scored next with back-rower Jack Ram crossing in the 69th minute. Liueli Simot converted but no further points were scored. 

The Pampas XV will face Canada 'A' in round three on Wednesday March 18. The Canadians completed an opening round win over Junior Japan and are currently involved in a round two match against Samoa 'A'. 

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