Unbeaten ends: Selknam loses first game in Super Rugby Americas

The Chileans lost 24-10 against Dogos de Córdoba, playing on the road. In eight days, they will return to the courts to face the Cobras of Brazil.

The national franchise loses its first match in Super Rugby Americas. Selknam couldn’t beat the Dogos in Argentina and lost 24-10 against a team that showed excellent local level. In eight days, they will face the Cobras in Brazil.

The first part was an eternal problem for Selknam. The national franchise could never take control in 40 very physical minutes and in which the Argentines made the difference thanks to their ability to take advantage of the opportunities they had in the end zone . In fact, those led by Nicolás Bruzzone reached a lot of the last meters, but were blocked by the Dogos or fell under constant penalties against them.

These differences ended up causing the Cordoba side to come away with a 12-3 advantage at halftime. In this first part, the Dogos scored two tries (they only converted one) and Selknam only had one shot between the sticks of Matías Garafulic captain of the Chileans today in Argentina.

So the complaint spread in a national team, in addition to his problems converting, he had serious difficulties managing the game in the middle zone. For their part, the trans-Andeans demonstrated the qualities of an extremely young team, but with a long history. 16 of 39 were on the latest Under-20 list and 31 players from the squad have represented the Pumas Seven, Pumatas, Jaguares or Argentina XV teams at any given time.

But in the second half, Selknam took a step forward. The pivotal moment for this change was 13 minutes into the plugin, when Dogos was left with 13 players due to indiscipline. The Chileans took advantage of this and they converted their first try of the night thanks to a scrum where the national peloton made the difference allowing Raimundo Martínez to close the gap.

The problem was that this illusion of reducing the score to just seven points ended with eight minutes left to play. The Argentinians opted for a maul to advance down the home stretch and Selknam couldn’t stop the trans-Andean team . A 24 to 10 that made it impossible to think of a comeback.

In this way, the Chilean franchise suffers its first defeat in Super Rugby Americas and loses the undefeated against two home wins, first against the Raptors and then against the Pampas. Now comes Cobras from Brazil, in a duel that will be played on March 18.

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Source: Latercera

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