Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Saturday, 27 July 2013 18:27    PDF Print Write e-mail
HSAAs Lose Again, But Hang Tough
National Teams - Age-Grade Men

The High School All Americans were defeated Saturday by the Argentina U18s 33-18 at the Uru Cure Club in Rio Cuarto.

The scoreline was a marked improvement from Wednesday’s 57-9 defeat.

Twelve minutes into the game, Argentina took a 5-0 lead after they stole a scrum on the HSAA five-meter. Determined not to let errors help the hosts pile up soft points. That wasn’t a great start, but midway through the first half the HSAA team tied it up when scrumhalf Mike Reid quick-tapped off a penalty and ran in.

The HSAAs gave Argentina another five-meter scrum turnover at 27 minutes and went into halftime down 5-12.

The second half scoring opened with a Ben Cima penalty at 47 minutes, closing the score to 8-12. A yellow card to Anthony Fotu for repeated team infractions hurt the HSAAs as Argentina extended their lead to 19-8 thanks to their third try. Argentina continued to feed off HSAA errors, scoring two more tries, while Reid added another on a quick tap – runs from Malcolm May and Niall Barry set up this score.

"Having a second opportunity to play Argentina was an invaluable opportunity to rectify the errors in game one and bring a different attitude and competitiveness today,” said Head Coach Salty Thompson. “We came here with the goal to narrow the gap between ourselves and Argentina and we've made progress. The more our boys experience this level of rugby the more competitive we become."

USA Rugby Boys High School All-Americans
1. Titi Lamositele 
2. Suwaiter Poch, Jr. 
3. Valdemar Lee-Lo 
4. Gabriel Ruflin 
5. Justin Allen 
6. Reed Heynen 
7. Hanco Germishuys 
8. Viliami Helu 
9. Michael Reid 
10. James Wolfer 
11. Joeli Tikoisuva 
12. Christian Adams 
13. Zachary Webber 
14. Seth Halliman 
15. Scott Dean


16. Jesus Arias 
17. Steven Branham 
18. John Marti 
19. Anthony Fotu 
20. Andrew Naylor 
21. Malcolm May 
22. Niall Barry 
23. Jimmy Ronan 
24. Benjamin Cima 
25. Aaron Matthews 
26. Michael Kellett 
27. Siaosi Mahoni

Argentina U18s
15 Santiago Bertranou
14 Tobias Bulacio
13 Tomas Irazoqui
12 Conrado Gabelieri
11 Juan Cruz Cuyaube
10 Emiliano Boffelli ©
9 Juan Ure
8 Santiago Portillo
7 José Deheza
6 Maximo Zerda
5 Manuel Plaza
4 Facundo Sacovechi
3 Justo Durañoña
2 Ignacio Fordahan
1 Javier Díaz

(Additional info from USA Rugby)