Shootin’ The Boot – Argentina Wins Inaugural Americas Rugby Championship
- Semifinals : Argentina vs. USA Select XV, 57-10; BC Bears vs. Ontario Blues, 12-8
- Finals: Argentina vs. BC Bears, 35-11
- Consolation Game: Ontario Blues vs. USA Select XV, 27-24
October 17 saw the end of the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship with the 6th ranked team in the world, the Jaguars of Argentina, defeating the BC Bears 35-11. The Bears earned the right to play in the finals after narrowly defeating the Ontario Blues 12-8. Argentina had a much easier time with the USA side beating them in convincing fashion 57-10.
The Jaguars scored first only to see the Bears quickly counter and get points of their own. At one point the Bears held an 11-7 lead against one of the best teams in the world, but they gave up an easy try before the end of the half to make the first half score 14-11, Jaguars. However, the second half was a different story. The Jaguar backline along with some timely penalties by the BC side helped keep the Jaguars in control throughout the second half.
In the consolation game, the US hoped to end on a better note after the drubbing they received from the Argentina side. In front of an Ontario crowd the U.S. got off to a pretty start when a player got yellow-carded on the opening kick, forcing them to play with fourteen. By the end of the half the hometown Blues found themselves with an 18-7 lead. Behind some inspired play by their Captain, the U.S. team fought back to a 24-24 tie in the second half only to see the Blues make a penalty kick with only seconds left to seal the win.
In future Americas tournaments the IRB hopes to add more teams from Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico.
If I were on the U.S. side I would be looking to have a few beers when I got back home. I would probably gravitate to one of the many Oktoberfest styles in my local tavern; a Saint Arnold Oktoberfest would definitely hit the spot. Three different Munich-style malts give it its sweet, caramel flavor. Two different hops, Czech Saaz and Hallertauer, combine with the malt to make this a smooth, full bodied, delicious beer. At 6% ABV it will provide enough kick to make the loss the referee’s fault after a few.