-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.