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Canada hosted Argentina at Westhills Stadium in a Americas Rugby Championships XVs game on Friday and got a sense of just how good their program is. Canada lost 39-23, but it could have easily been uglier.
Argentina sent a side made up of national team secondary-level players simply because their top national team would crush all opposition during the ARC tournament. They are ranked in the top-10, globally.
Canada didn’t just get defeated though, they also made some critical errors that cost them; Argentina capitalized.
Aregentina got on the board first by scoring in the first minute of play, ouch.
Victoria’s Ciaran Hearn, the tournament’s leading points getter scored to make it 8-6, but the Argentenians got up by the score of 22-6 at the half.
Each side traded penalty kicks before two tries late from Argentina XV helped them pull away.
Kyle Baillie and Andrew Coe scored second-half tries to make the score reasonably close 39-23 against Argentina XV. Baillie’s try in the 49th minute and an ensuing conversion made it 22-13. A try from Coyne six minutes later made it a two-point game.
The game wasn’t considered an official test match as Argentina XV is a developmental side
Last week Canada did manage to defeat Chile by the score of 56-0, who went 0-3 in the tournament. Canada is now 1-3, while Brazil is 1-2 and Uruguay and the US are 2-1, but Argentina went a perfect 4-0.
Canada will close out the ARC against the US next Friday in Seattle.