Pampas fight back to drop ACT XV

The ACT XV has gone down narrowly to Argentina’s B team, the Pampas, at RMC on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the Pacific Rugby Cup.

The ACT scored the first two tries to Matt Hawke and Captain Tim Cree, but a resurgent Argentinean outfit managed to claw its way back to a 32-28 win.

Having led the visitors for the majority of the match, the ACT let victory slip on the back of two intercept tries and a penalty try in the second half.

Argentinean flyhalf Patricio Fernandez was the game changer for the Pampas, scoring both intercept tries and adding a further 12 points off the boot.

Cree, who also finished the match with two tries, said his players would need to improve to win against other touring sides like Japan, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.

“All in all it wasn’t a bad game for our guys, but concentration towards the end of the match is really important to make sure we finish our opponents off.” Cree said.

“We’ve got more tough games against some quality opposition from all over the Pacific and this is a great opportunity for our guys to test themselves against the best.

“The signs are there that we have the capability to knock these teams off.”

Of the local players to star, Hawke and Cree were standouts with good carries and gap proof defence. On two occasions Hawke found himself one-on-one with giant Argentinean winger, Matias Orlando but managed to bundle him into touch with text-book tackles.

A well known pride and joy of South American rugby, the Argentine scrum was heavily dominant and on one occasion formed a maul to march the ACT back 30 metres.

1. Jean-Pierre Smith
2. Josh Mann-Rea
3. Allan Alaalatoa
4. Jack Whetton
5. Dave McKern
6. Jordan Smiler
7. Michael Smith
8. Tim Cree
9. Pedro Rolando
10. Rod Iona
11. Clyde Rathbone
12. Matt Hawke
13. Mitch Connolly
14. Stephan Van Der Walt
15. Ben Johnston

16. JP Predaud
17. Michael Henry
18. Les Making
19. Tom Staniforth
20. Sam Latinupulu
21. Eden Campbell-O'brien
22. Isaac Thomas
23. Jerome Numita