October 12, 2013, LANGFORD BC (ISN) – Argentina showed why they’re the team to beat on Friday night, beating the United States for eighty minutes in a 27-9 victory to open the 2013 Americas Rugby Championship at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C.

“It was very hard,” said Jaguars captain Joaquin Tuculet. “USA has a good team but I think for a few moments we play very well and we got [the] win.”

Tuculet got things started for Argentina just a few minutes in. Already up 3-0 thanks to a penalty goal from Sebastian Poett, Martin Chiapesoni took a nice pass from his falling captain and found himself wide open to put Argentina up 8-0.

“Compared to last year I think we’ve really excelled, especially defensively,” said United States captain Cameron Dolan. “That was one of our weak points last year and I think we came out and played a strong game.”DR6F6675

Team USA’s Shaun Davies kicks the ball out of the scrum against Argentina in day one of IRB’s America’s Rugby Championships at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Matias Orlando would score his first try of the tournament before the United States were able to get on the board.

In the second part of the first half, the Eagles pressed deep inside their offensive zone and drew a penalty. From there Adam Siddall made no mistake and put the United States on the board heading into the half with the score at 13-3.

Argentina took over after the break with Matias Orlando capturing the American side off-guard as he scored just minutes into the second frame.DR6F6750

Agentina’s Matias Orlando couldn’t be pulled down by USA’s Toby L’Estrange during the opening America’s Rugby Championships Friday – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Tries from Javier Rojas and Facundo Barrea would eventually propel the three-time defending champions to their final score of 9-27 with Siddell attempting to keep the Americans close with two penalty goals in the second half.


Argentina would open with a convincing win over team USA Friday night at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Argentina now faces three days off before getting back into action against their South American rivals Uruguay. The United States and Canada will square off in the other match, with North American bragging rights on the line.

“Anytime we play Canada at any sport it’s always pretty important for both countries,” said Dolan. “It’s one of those games you get up for. The adrenaline keeps you going for eighty plus minutes.”DR6F6834

Argentina’s Javier Rojas is chased downfield by three USA defenders – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

United States 9



PG: Siddall 3

Argentina 27

Tries: Chiappesoni, Orlando, Rojas, Barrea

Conversion: Poett, Fernandez

PG: Poett


USA Eagles roster for Argentina

  • 1. Titi Lamositele
  • 2. Phillip Thiel
  • 3. Shawn Pittman
  • 4. Graham Harriman
  • 5. William Haydock
  • 6. Daniel Barrett
  • 7. Liam Murphy
  • 8. Cameron Dolan
  • 9. Shaun Davies
  • 10. Toby L’Estrange
  • 11. Ed Mills
  • 12. Mile Pulu
  • 13. Chris Chapman
  • 14. Mark Roberts
  • 15. Adam Siddall
  • 16. Cameron Falcon
  • 17. Nick Wallace
  • 18. Chris Sullivan
  • 19. Tai Tuisamoa
  • 20. Derek Asbun
  • 21. Chris Saint
  • 22. Peter Moala
  • 23. Tim Maupin

Argentinean Jaguars roster United States

  • 1. Bruno Postiglioni
  • 2. Martin Garcia Veiga
  • 3. Matias Diaz
  • 4. Matias Alemano
  • 5. Guido Peti
  • 6. Joaquin Camacho
  • 7. Martin Chiapesoni
  • 8. Francisco Panessi
  • 9. Pedro Imhoff
  • 10. Sebastian Poett
  • 11. Matias Orlando
  • 12. Javier Rojas
  • 13. Ignacio Brex
  • 14. Facundo Barrea
  • 15. Joaquin Tuculet
  • 16. Matías Alemanno
  • 17. Gonzalo Bertranou
  • 18. Juan Cappiello
  • 19. Patricio Fernandez
  • 20. Dan Isaack
  • 21. Fidel Lamy
  • 22. Benjamin Macome
  • 23. Julian Montoya
  • 24. Ramiro Moyano
  • 25. Guido Petti Pagadizabal
  • 26. Roberto Tejerizo
  • 27. Esteban Viale