Boys High School All-Americans lose to Argentina at Rugby 4 Nations tournament

Boys High School All-Americans lose to Argentina at Rugby 4 Nations tournament

RIO CUARTO, Argentina - The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans, sponsored by Aircraft Charter Solutions, are on their third consecutive South American Summer Tour and the level of competition has jumped up again. The BHSAAs kicked off the Rugby 4 Nations u18 Tournament in Rio Cuarto Saturday with a 35-13 loss to Argentina, while Italy defeated Uruguay, 27-17.

Benjamin Cima kicked the first three points of the match before the HSAAs fell behind from a Bruno Gonzales try. Salty Thompson’s team kept up the defensive pressure and held on in the first frame to face the final 40 minutes down by one at 14-13.

The HSAAs could not find the try zone in the second half and gave up three tries to Argentina for the 35-13 final score.

The HSAAs used a midweek scrimmage against Cordoba as an opportunity to play their entire 30-man roster ahead of the tournament opener against Argentina. That experience was an eye-opener for the debutants as they struggled to compete with the pace and accuracy of an accomplished Argentinian province U19 select.

Facing the full Argentinian U18s is a tall order the HSAAs have repeated the past two years, though they have yet to leave the matchups with a tally in the win column.

"The strategy to play the best the Americas can offer. Providing our boys exposure to that level of peer competition is invaluable," Thompson said.

The HSAAs continue the Rugby 4 Nations tournament in Argentina against Italy Tuesday, July 22. Follow @aarugby on Twitter for more information on the team.

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | v Argentina
1. Darien Pickett
2. Steven Branham
3. Jack Iscaro
4. Reed Heynen
5. George Fotu
6. Malcolm May
7. Sione Masoe
8. Brian Nault
9. Louis Mulholland
10. Benjamin Cima
11. Joeli Tikoisuva
12. Lorenzo Thomas
13. Calvin Whiting
14. Seth Halliman
15. Mitchell Wilson

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | Reserves
16. Jesus Arias
17. Suwaiter Poch, Jr.
18. Derise Fuga
19. Liam Jimmons
20. Wesley Parker
21. Alauna Helu
22. Alex Walsh
23. Aaron Matthews

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | 13
Tries: Tikoisuva
Conversions: Cima
Penalties: Cima (2)

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