Argentina win Americas Rugby Championship | Sunday Observer

Argentina win Americas Rugby Championship

LOS ANGELES AFP Argentina XV were crowned 2019 Americas Rugby champions for the second time in four years on Friday with a 39-23 bonus point victory over Canada in Victoria, British Columbia.

Tomas Cubilla scored two tries for the Argentinians who also won the inaugural Americans Rugby Championship in 2016.

Argentina now has a comfortable lead atop the standings and Friday’s fourth straight bonus win gave them an unassailable margin over second place USA who next face Uruguay.

Argentina beat the two-time defending champion United States 45-14 in the second round of the tournament, the North and South America version of the Six Nations.

They were coming off a 35-10 win over Uruguay in round three.

Argentina started quickly on Friday scoring their first try just 21 seconds into the contest at Westhills Stadium.

They also scored a try at the end of the first half to lead 22-6 at halftime. Their fourth and final try came just before the final whistle.

Kyle Baillie and Andrew Coe scored second half tries for Canada. Coe also had a try nullified because the officials ruled there was a forward pass.

Canada’s Ciaran Hearn kicked two for three penalty kicks in the first half.

On Saturday, Brazil squares off against Chile and the United States host Uruguay.