American Raptors Looking to Bounce Back in Round 2

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A group of American Raptors rugby players huddle together on a field.

The American Raptors wound up on the wrong end of a 56-8 scoreline against Dogos XV in Round 1. 

It was a match that the Raptors want to put in the rearview mirror. Dogos – the 2023 Super Rugby Americas runners-up – picked up right where they left off last season. They scored seven tries en route to the convincing victory and left the Raptors looking for answers heading into Round 2.

The Raptors will again have their hands full in Round 2 as they travel to Buenos Aires to take on Pampas. Friday’s match will be another tough test for the Raptors, as Pampas was another top team in the competition in 2023. Pampas lost 27-16 in the semi-final round to Dogos in 2023. It will be the second consecutive week that the Raptors will face one of the top four teams in 2023. In Round 1, Pampas defeated Yacare XV 48-32 and currently sit tied for the top spot in the table with Dogos.

Pampas also dealt the Raptors their biggest defeat in 2023. After playing Pampas to a 27-16 loss on the road in Round 3, the Raptors were defeated 63-0 at Infinity Park in Round 8. The following week the Raptors defeated Selknam to pick up their first win of the season. 

The Raptors are hoping to once again turn the tides after a lopsided defeat in Round 2 of 2024 the same way they did in Round 8 of 2023. One area the Raptors will have to clean up to knock off Pampas in Round 2 will be turnovers. The Raptors lead the league in turnovers after Round 1 with nine. On the other hand, they also forced Dogos into seven turnovers. Eliminating a few of their own turnovers while continuing to force turnovers at that clip is a winning formula. 

Another area that the Raptors have proven to have trouble in since joining the competition ahead of the 2023 season is with the cards. In 2023, the Raptors were carded 23 times. The only match they didn’t receive a card was in their first meeting with Cobras in Round 8. The Raptors received two yellow cards in their Round 1 loss to Dogos and are already the league leaders in that clubhouse.

Two Raptors worked their way onto the league leaderboard with their defensive efforts after the opening round. Zach Hall made all seven of the tackles he attempted on Friday and Diego Fortuny made all six of his tackles.

While originally scheduled to kick off at 4 PM MST, Super Rugby Americas announced on Monday that Friday’s match between the Raptors and Pampas would be moved from the Club Atlético de San Isidro to the Newman Club in Benavidez and will now kickoff at 12:30 PM MST. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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