HSAAs finish Argentina Tour with competitive loss

HSAAs finish Argentina Tour with competitive loss

The USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans were more competitive in a 33-18 loss to Argentina U18s in the second test game played at the Uru Cure Club in Rio Cuarto Saturday.

Twelve minutes into the game, the HSAAs turned over a five-meter scrum gifting Argentina a 5-0 lead. At 20 minutes HSAA scrum-half Michael Reid scored off of a quick tap penalty creating a 5-5 game. The HSAAs gave Argentina another five-meter scrum turnover at 27 minutes and went into halftime down 5-12.

The first half showed significant improvements from the HSAAs controlling line-outs, winning contact and building phase play attack.

The second half scoring opened with a Ben Cima penalty at 47 minutes, closing the score to 8-12. A yellow card on Anthony Fotu for repeated team infractions hurt the HSAAs as Argentina extended their lead 19-8. Argentina continued to feed off HSAA errors totaling 33 points while Reid added another quick tap try off of a line break by Malcolm May and Niall Barry.

"Having a second opportunity to play Argentina was an invaluable opportunity to rectify the errors in game one and bring a different attitude and competitiveness today,” said Head Coach Salty Thompson. “We came here with the goal to narrow the gap between ourselves and Argentina and we've made progress. The more our boys experience this level of rugby the more competitive we become."

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | vs. Argentina U18s
1. Titi Lamositele
2. Suwaiter Poch, Jr.
3. Valdemar Lee-Lo
4. Gabriel Ruflin
5. Justin Allen
6. Reed Heynen
7. Hanco Germishuys
8. Viliami Helu
9. Michael Reid
10. James Wolfer
11. Joeli Tikoisuva
12. Christian Adams
13. Zachary Webber
14. Seth Halliman
15. Scott Dean

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans | Reserves
16. Jesus Arias
17. Steven Branham
18. John Marti
19. Anthony Fotu
20. Andrew Naylor
21. Malcolm May
22. Niall Barry
23. Jimmy Ronan
24. Benjamin Cima
25. Aaron Matthews
26. Michael Kellett
27. Siaosi Mahoni

Injured: Calvin Whiting

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Comments (3)

  • Guest - Brendan

    Good game boys!!!, but let's have a reality check. Argentina (I just learned) has a roster of 60 players at the U18 level. For the first game a week ago (9-57) they fielded an A-B side while today they fielded a mix of Bs and Cs. That's why the gap narrowed to 18-33.

  • Guest - Jake

    In reply to: Guest - Brendan

    Both teams the USA team played wore the Argentina national team jersey. They represent Argentina which is a top tier country they won't put players that aren't top level on their roster. Stop taking the credit from the coaches and kids.

  • Guest - Mike

    They split their squad in two, but they weren't tiered like that. Argentina's U18s had three kids who played for the Argentina U20 team in the 2013 Junior World Championship. Two played in the first match and one played in the second match. If you think a kid who played for Argentina U20 (the top 28 U20 players in Argentina) is in the B or C team for the U18s, you're nuts.