South American Tour ends with gritty loss to Argentina

<p>SALTA, Argentina – The USA Rugby Selects lost to the Argentina Jaguars 28-23 on Saturday in the final match of their South American Tour. Head Coach Mike Tolkin’s team showed major improvement on the pitch, after losing to the Jaguars earlier in the week by a score of 54-6.</p> <p>Manuel Montero opened the scoring just as he did <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-news/item/argentina-draws-first-blood-beats-selects-on-tour">in Tuesday’s match</a>, but the Selects responded midway through the first frame with a <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/john-quill">John Quill</a> try. AJ MacGinty later gave Mike Tolkin’s developmental side their first lead against the Jaguars with a penalty goal near the end of the half.</p> <p>Argentine Hooker Santiago Iglesias Valdez gave the hosts at Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena a 14-10 lead at the break, but MacGinty again restored the Selects’ advantage with two penalties within five minutes.</p> <p>The Selects could not hold off the Jaguars, however, as Pablo Matera and Tomás Cubelli each scored tries in the second half, giving the Jaguars a 28-16 lead. MacGinty dotted down a try in the final 10 minutes and the Selects pushed to overtake their opponent, but Argentina controlled the pitch and kicked the ball into touch, drawing the referee’s whistle.</p> <p>The <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-news/item/uruguay-beaten-at-home-by-determined-selects">Selects went 1-2 on their South American Tour</a>, with the coaching staff using the assembly to evaluate the talent in the domestic player pool. <a href="http://t.co/uEvgHo5FG3" target="_blank">Less than five months remain until the Men’s Eagles’ Rugby World Cup campaign begins</a> against Samoa. The <a href="http://usarugby.org/usa-v-samoa#2015=home">World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup</a> and <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-news/item/philadelphias-other-eagles-returning-to-ppl-park">additional fixtures</a> on the U.S. schedule will give Tolkin even more time to nail down his travel roster.</p> <p>Tickets are still available for both of the Eagles’ matches in <a href="http://usarugby.org/usa-v-samoa#2015=home">San Jose</a> and <a href="http://usarugby.org/usa-v-japan#2015=usavjpn">Sacramento</a>, while tickets for the match against <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-news/item/philadelphias-other-eagles-returning-to-ppl-park">Harlequins Football Club at PPL Park in Philadelphia</a> August 30 will be released to the general public at 10 a.m. ET Monday, May 4.</p> <!--mep-tab--><p><strong>USA Rugby Selects | v. Argentina</strong> <br />1. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/olive-kilifi?category_id=384">Olive Kilifi</a> <br />2. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/zach-fenoglio">Zach Fenoglio</a> <br />3. Chris Baumann <br />4. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/louis-stanfill">Louis Stanfill</a> <br />5. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/john-cullen?category_id=384">John Cullen</a> <br />6. Al McFarland <br />7. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/john-quill">John Quill</a> <br />8. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/matt-trouville?category_id=384">Matt Trouville</a> <br />9. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/shalom-suniula?category_id=384">Shalom Suniula</a> <br />10. AJ MacGinty <br />11. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/tim-stanfill?category_id=384">Tim Stanfill</a> <br />12. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/ronald-mclean?category_id=384">Ronald McLean</a> <br />13. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/seamus-kelly?category_id=384">Seamus Kelly</a> <strong>(C)</strong> <br />14. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/zach-pangelinan">Zach Pangelinan</a> <br />15. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/troy-hall?category_id=384">Troy Hall</a></p> <p><strong>USA Rugby Selects | Reserves</strong> <br />16. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/phillip-thiel?category_id=384">Phil Thiel</a> <br />17. Mike Shepherd <br />18. <a href="http://usarugby.org/mens-eagles-players/item/nick-wallace">Nick Wallace</a> <br />19. Ben Landry <br />20. Nicholas Barrett <br />21. Niku Kruger <br />22. Lemoto Filikitonga <br />23. Colton Cariaga</p> <p><strong>Argentina | v. USA Rugby Selects</strong> <br />1. Lucas Noguera Paz <br />2. Santiago Iglesias Valdez <br />3. Matías Díaz <br />4. Guido Petti Pagadizabal <br />5. Matías Alemanno <br />6. Tomás Lezana <br />7. Javier Ortega Desio <br />8. Lisandro Ahualli de Chazal <br />9. Martín Landajo <strong>(C)</strong> <br />10. Santiago Iglesias Valdez <br />11. Manuel Montero <br />12. Gabriel Ascárate <br />13. Matías Moroni <br />14. Matías Orlando <br />15. Ramiro Moyano</p> <p><strong>Argentina | Reserves</strong> <br />16. Matías Cortese <br />17. Bruno Postiglioni <br />18. Roberto Tejerizo <br />19. Facundo Isa <br />20. Pablo Matera <br />21. Tomás Cubelli <br />22. Bautista Ezcurra <br />23. Jerónimo De la Fuente</p> <!--mep-tab--><hr> <p><strong>USA Rugby Selects | Coaching Staff</strong> <br />Mike Tolkin - Head Coach <br />Justin Fitzpatrick - Assistant Coach (Forwards) <br />Nate Osborne - Assistant Coach (Backs/Attack) <br />Phil Bailey - Assistant Coach (Defense) <br />David Williams - Strength and Conditioning Coach <br />Chris O'Brien - Assistant Coach (Video Analysis) <br />Richard Quincy - Physiotherapist <br />Zach Vyhnanek - Physiotherapist <br />Sarah Sall - Massage Therapist <br />Sam Akhavan - Doctor <br />Tristan Lewis - Team Manager</p> <p><strong>USA Rugby Selects | South American Tour</strong> <br />v Uruguay - W 13-3 <br />v Argentina Jaguars - L 54-6 <br />v Argentina Jaguars - L 28-23</p>