World Rugby Nations Cup Final Day Review
Uruguay are World Rugby Nations Cup Champions. Los Teros won the title at home on Sunday, defeating Spain 24-14. Combined with earlier wins over both Emerging Italy and Russia it meant Uruguay was the only undefeated team in the competition.
Nambia 10 vs 31 Russia
On June 18th, Sunday
Both these teams were chasing spots at Rugby World Cup 2019 & was a noteworthy fixture. Namibia went having lost verses Spain while the Russians had been defeated by Uruguay late in the 2nd half of Wednesday.
Russia were in full control throughout the game. The points were first scored I the 12th minute. The Siberian flier Denis Simplikevich was the scorer on that occasion.
3 minutes later Russia scored again. 2nd rower Bodgan Fedotko’s score was converted by fly half Yuri Kushnarev. This took Uruguay’s lead to 12-0.
Chrisayder Botha opened for Nambia. Russia did not panic and they reached 19-5 by half time.
The Europeans made quick work of adding to their score. Vasily Arteyev & prop Vladimir Podrezov’s tries put the Bears in a great position.
Gino Wilson tried for Nambia . that was it.
Tries by C. Botha, G. Wilson
Tries by D. Simplikevich, B. Fedotko, Penalty Try, V. Artemiev, V. Podrezov
Cons by Y. Kushnarev 2
Argentina XV 15 vs 10 Emerging Italy
Took place on Sunday, June 18
This was far from impressive but a win is a win. It was a low scoring match with both teams unable to handle the ball well.
It all started with the yellow carding of Pierre Bruno to open the scoring. The Argentina XV made use of the numerical superiority to score. Winger Franco Cuaranta crossed for the game’s first try. It was then converted by Jaguar Joaquín Díaz Bonilla.
Matteo Minozzi came to help his team equalize the score. The conversion was on target but the Argentina XV did not give away the lead as Díaz Bonilla got a penalty.
It was in the 47th minute when Santiago Medrano was yellow carded & Emerging Italy looked to Leonardo Mantelli. He was successful and score read 10-10.
Ignacio Larrague came in. The Jaguares 2nd rower barged his way over in the 76th minute to see the Argentina XV to a nervous victory.
Argentina XV 15
Tries by F. Cuaranta, I. Larrague
Cons by J. Díaz Bonilla
Pens by J. Díaz Bonilla
Emerging Italy 10
Tries by M. Minozzi
Cons by L. Mantelli
Pens by L. Mantelli
Uruguay 24 vs 14 Spain
On Sunday, June 18
Uruguay’s historic Nations Cup title came with the result of 24-14. For most part of the match Los Teros were the better side. The solid halves combination from Santiago Arata and Felipe Berchesi worked goodl behind a dominant Teros scrum.
The scrum saw Berchesi lining up penalties in both halves of the match. Spain’s Brad Linklater was called to help level the scoring. Halfway through the match it was Berchesi with 3 & Linklater 1.
In the 2nd half the play was more exciting. Scoring the game’s 1st try was scrum-half Santiago Arata. His selection was questioned earlier. Arata’s performance has been excellent. His try was the best of the tournament & 1 of the best individual scores likely to be made all year. Aged 20, he ran from well within his own half, broke tackles, chipped forward, regathered & went foward to score.
Berchesi converted in the 41st minute. Linklater got Spain back to within a change. 2 penalties from the fly half made it 16-9 to Uruguay with just over a quarter remaining.
Appearing to be heading toward a win, Uruguay turned down a shot at goal to kick for the corner. Andrés Vilaseca misjudged his strike that saw Spain let off lightly. Spain scored in the left corner after a while. 2nd rower Victor Sánchez finished off a counter-attacking play to make it 19-14 with 10 minutes left to play.
Winger Leandro Leivas’ 77th minute try sealed the win. Levis went over to just touch down in the right corner. It was unconverted but it matter as Uruguay led by ten points.
Tries by S. Arata, L. Leivas
Cons by F. Berchesi
Pens by F. Berchesi 3
Tries by V. Sánchez
Cons by B. Linklater 3
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