February 4, 2017 LANGFORD, B.C. – Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team lost its 2017 Americas Rugby Championship opener 20-6 to Argentina XV Saturday evening at Westhills Stadium.
Gordon McRorie kicked two penalties for Canada while Santiago Medrano and Segundo Tuclet had tries for the visitors.
“They looked a little more organised than us,” Canada’s head coach Mark Anscombe said. “It was anyone’s game at half time but I thought we played a poor second half and they started playing a bit more and put us under pressure.”
As teams adjusted to the harsh conditions — a field covered with snow while rain fell — it meant for a sloppy first half that was filled with turnovers as the two sides could only muster a penalty each.
Domingo Miotti had given Argentina a 3-0 lead in the second minute before Lucas Rumball was shown a yellow card on the restart for an illegal hit in the air. Gordon McRorie tied things up with an 11th minute penalty.
However, Argentina struck first in the second half as Medrano gathered Miotti’s grubber kick to touch down in the 50th minute for a 10-3 lead. After McRorie cut the deficit to 10-6 in the 62nd minute, Tuclet scored on a wonderful solo effort five minutes later to extend the Argentina lead to 17-6.
“We win the ball, kick it into open space and he’s beats four guys down the sideline. You’re not going to win games like that,” Anscombe said.
Miotti sealed victory in the 75th minute with his second penalty of the game.
“We weren’t patient and went away from doing anything with the ball we had,” Anscombe said. “It was individuals doing their own thing rather sticking to our structures.
“We just made some poor decisions and that played into their hands.”
Canada returns to action next Saturday at Westhills Stadium as they host Chile at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Tickets are still available at http://events.rugbycanada.ca