March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC - Fan's joined in with the Canadian Mens XV's team in singing the national anthem pregame- Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

-Press Release Rugby Canada

March 1, 2019  Victoria, BC  – Argentina XV defeated Canada 39-23 on Friday, March 1 in Langford, BC. With the bonus point win they secured the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) title.

March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC - Argentina XV team claims the 2019 ARC Rugby Championship with bonus point win over Canada - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC – Argentina XV team claims the 2019 ARC Rugby Championship with bonus point win over Canada – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Argentina started the match off strong, blocking a clearing attempt and scooping up the ball of an early try. Ciaran Hearn kicked two for three penalty kicks in the first half. Argentina scored a try just before the end of the first to lead Canada 22-6 at the break.

March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC - Canada's Jamie MacKenzie pulls down the cleared ball by Argentina - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC – Canada’s Jamie MacKenzie pulls down the cleared ball by Argentina – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

An exciting second half was fueled by the cheers from a sold out Westhills Stadium crowd. Canada was finally rewarded after multiple crashing phases with a try by Kyle Baillie. Working off momentum, Andrew Coe got on his horse to beat the Argentinean defense and sprint down the right side, sliding in for the try. A second try by Coe was called off due to a forward pass just a few minutes later.

March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC - Canada's Nick Belvins breaks Argentinian tackle to advance the ball - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC – Canada’s Nick Belvins breaks Argentinian tackle to advance the ball – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Argentina XV were awarded a penalty try that secured their win just before the final whistle. With the bonus point they won the 2019 ARC.

March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC - 2019 Americas Rugby Championship trophy belongs to Argentina XV's  - Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
March 1st, 2019. Victoria, BC – 2019 Americas Rugby Championship trophy belongs to Argentina XV’s – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Canada will now head south the Seattle for game five of the ARC’s against USA. Kickoff is at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT on March 8, 2019.