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Uruguay upsets Argentina in rugby which lost its first ever South American Cup

Thursday, March 15th 2012 - 06:12 UTC
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While Brazil's women maintained their perfect record in regional competition, Uruguay's men scored a huge upset by winning their first CONSUR rugby title, beating Argentina in the final 17-14 with a try on the siren. Read full article


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  • brit abroad

    As i have said many times now, Argentina should stick to Football. Rugby is a big boys game, so they'd be better off kicking each others shins and diving in the goal box.

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 06:37 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    They're about to compete in the new SH 4 Nations championship and they can't even beat Uruaguy (no offence to Uruguayans)

    What on earth are The Australians the Springboks and the All Blacks going to do to them?

    I predict humiliation and annihilation.

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 07:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    I'm hoping the Uruguayans become the new force to be reckoned with in South American Rugby. I wonder if they'd then let them into Rugby without Frontiers? (I doubt it)

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 09:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    Maybe a private invite to the Falkland Islands would be in order.....

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 10:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Furry-Fat-Feck

    @ 4

    Frank you wee dancer!

    I would love to see that. The Uraguayan team showing up in Falkland and actually being welcomed.

    I do hope an invitation s extended.

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 11:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    aaawwww Poor Argentina,

    What's the matter? no “Hand of God” to steal the game for you?

    Well done Uruguay!!! Good on you!!

    5 Furry-Fat-Feck

    I think you are right, I bet that you could learn how to play the game a lot better from the Uraguayan team.

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tobias


    Somehow had Uruguay lost, this story would have been censored *cheek*

    @6 Wow, almost 30 years and it appears you remain cortically lacerated by 1986.

    I suggest you guys follow your own advice for us on the Falklands in 1982, and GET OVER IT. lol


    And England should stick to what... Oh that's right, nothing. Haven't done anything in football in an eon, and you won a rugby world cup by mere fantastical chance. You should have lost to us last year, but we were an older team in transition and beat up with tons of injuries before and during the RWC.

    Tennis? Hasn't it been a century since a player from England has won any Grand Slam?

    Cricket? I have no idea about that sport except that sure the Indians, Aussies and South Africans are better.

    Basketball? Apparently you guys can't put two tribbles together.

    Who are you kidding “brit_abroad”? England have done absolutely nothing in major team sport since I have consciousness.

    And before you guys all get indignant, check the first six messages and see which side (brit or argie) in insulting, lying and trolling? If you can't take the heat...


    It's rugby 7s, who cares. And it's their first victory in what, 1 million tries?? (pun intended).

    I love the article, it reeks at anti-argentine hatred (Uruguay this and that, Paraguay, wonderful Rio). Mercopress, PATHETIC. Get over you hatred and report the news.

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 04:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    England were the number one ranked side in the world when they won the RWC in 2003. That summer they toured the Southern hemisphere and beat both the Wallabies and the All Blacks on their own turf.

    There was no “fantastical chance” about it. They were the best side.

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 04:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tobias

    Ok, Idleheads, you want to be reasonable, I'll be reasonable. I embellished my point there to the point of confabulation. I was just responding tit-for-tat to some comments above which are of the same caliber.

    And I don't care to troll here, this is sport, not a serious matter. So don't get me started because I get very agressive and serious about it!

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 05:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rectifying Madness

    @7 England and Australia have the best cricket teams in world.

    And England were the best in the world when they won the world cup. They then proceeded to come second in the next world cup.

    Argentinian rugby is getting better. I've enjoyed watching them for a while.

    @2 I think the idea is with the practice against those big dogs once a year they will have a lot more friendlies and hopefully get better. I personally hope Argentina and other teams get a lot better. I'm getting a bit bored of watching the same 8 teams get to almost exactly the same place every 4 years in the RWC. It would be nice for the competition to evolve a lot more.

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 05:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tobias

    People always forget Argentina for 30 years playe on average 1/3 of the test matches of all other NH or SH sides, since it played fewer test matches and was never in any tournament like 6N or 3N, yet was able to battle the bigger sides (except top 3).

    We went into RWC 2011 with only two test matches all year, when all others sizes had a least 8. Yet again made it out of pool stage (and with lots of injuries to key players like Contepomi, Lobbe, and Hernandez out entirely).

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 05:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    11 tobias

    Argentina LOST. So what?


    LITTLE URUGUAY, WHO YOU TRIED TO BERATE RECENTLY. Please don't deny it because I nearly replied then.


    Mar 15th, 2012 - 05:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    To be honest 7s is a much more “random” game than test rugby. It's much easier to lose a game to a lesser side than a full 15 game. There's so much space that anyone can score given the right opportunity.

    I played in a few tournaments many years ago. By the time we reached the final I was more worried about breathing than playing rugby. We lost. It's the most exhausting thing I've ever done.

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stefan

    I was touched... by the hand of God
    'Never knew it... but of course I was.

    Apparently not this time ;)

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 08:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Audi Consilium

    Where can I buy a Uruguayan rugby shirt ?

    Mar 15th, 2012 - 11:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tobias


    On the pitch it's 11 vs 11, 7 vs 7, 15 vs 15. Not 3 million against 40 million.

    Of course the bigger the country, the more talent pool it can apply within a sport and across sports.

    When Argentina loses to Brazil (and they have owned us in the last 10 years until the last couple of matches where we have won or tied), not even argies invoke the 40 million vs 200 million line. It is what it is.

    I know well that for little countries like Uruguay and New Zealand the per capita factor is a source of huge pride, and I respect the quality play based on a limited pool. But on the field it should not be an excuse nor a gloat point.

    Mar 16th, 2012 - 01:36 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LuisM

    @2 Idlehands ”They're about to compete in the new SH 4 Nations championship and they can't even beat Uruaguy (no offence to Uruguayans)”
    No offense taken! I was unaware that my country was any good playing rugby.

    Sorry Argentina, maybe next time.

    Mar 16th, 2012 - 01:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CameronHighlander

    I heard the Uruguayan team sung Falklands songs and the AG's fell about in tears.

    Mar 16th, 2012 - 02:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    Uruguay is like a nice province of Argentina where Argentines can live without being in their own nation (and hide their wealth) and for Business people from from Southern Brazilian States (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana..3 great states by the way) it's like a State of Brazil where they control the farmlands and rice fields.

    Mar 16th, 2012 - 04:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • jerry

    Remember the reports of the first world cup in football/soccer ? First place Uruguay; second place Argentina.

    Mar 16th, 2012 - 05:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    16 tobias

    You are missing the point tobias.

    Have you ever seen the National Football Stadium of Uruguay?

    It is certainly nothing like any I have seen in the UK before I came over: it is many decades old and needs to be demolished and updated. But we do not have the money.

    The local football pitches are nothing more than mowed fields.

    BUT, and this IS the point, Argentina with all (suppusedly) her money COULD NOT BEAT LITTLE URUGUAY.

    And that is because the Uruguayans can produce excellent sportsmen and women. They have the drive and ambition to do better than any other player in the world.

    You need to get over the inferiority feeling brought about by the damnable government you have over there. Get rid of them and start the way up to the world that Argentina could inherit.

    Mar 16th, 2012 - 11:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Helber Galarga

    Congratulations to Uruguay. Ride on this victory as long as you can. Argentina competing against the likes of the Wallabies, Springboks and AB will only make the Pumas a stronger and more competitive side. Sure, the Pumas will get clobbered but they'll learn and improve from those hammerings. it's about time that the Pumas had a space in rugby's elite.

    As for the English taking the piss on sport related issues well, bit rich. I've always said they were made to invent sports, not play them.

    Mar 18th, 2012 - 10:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LuisM

    @19 Fido Dido
    Uruguay is not a province of Argentina, it's a country.

    BTW Argentina is not a nation, it's a federal country that can be splitted on several pieces easily.

    Mar 18th, 2012 - 05:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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