Raptors Drop Round 2 Clash with Pampas

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Raptors at Pampas Round 2

Argentina hasn’t been kind to the American Raptors in 2024. 

The Raptors (0-2) fell to Pampas (2-0) 52-17 in Round 2 of the 2024 Super Rugby Americas campaign on Friday afternoon in what was their second match against an Argentinian side in consecutive weeks.

While the result wasn’t what the Raptors were hoping for, there were visible building blocks in the Round 2 loss. 

The start was rough for the Raptors as Pampas punched in a trio of tries in the first 20 minutes of play as tries by Bernabe Lopez Fleming, Justo Piccardo, and Santiago Pernas put the Raptors down 21-0 in the first quarter of play. 

Despite a spirited defensive effort, Dogos added one more try before the Raptors offense drew blood. Flanker Mo Vainikolo got the Raptors on the board first after he scooped up a ball that spit back out of a Pampas’ scrum. Francisco Quinn nailed the conversion to make the score 26-7 just before the halftime whistle. 

The Raptors started the second half strong with a Quinn penalty goal to cut the lead to 16 in the 52nd minute. Just as it appeared that the Raptors were building momentum, Pampas stole it right back with their fifth try of the match just a minute later. 

Not long after, Pampas used a rolling maul to push the lead to 20 points with just over 23 minutes to play.

The Raptors answered back with their second try of the match when Jacob Hidalgo scooped up a loose kick and raced down the touchline just a few second after entering the pitch as a sub. Quinn’s conversion cut the lead to 40-17 in the 66th minute, but Pampas weren’t done offensively. 

Pampas punched in two more tries before the final whistle to secure the bonus point 52-17 victory and move to the top of the table in Round 2. Despite a better performance in Round 2, the Raptors are still searching for their first table point in 2024.

The Raptors will conclude the first South American tour of 2024 with a bout against the back-to-back SRA champions Peñarol. The match will kickoff Friday, March 1 at 4 PM MST.  It will be broadcast on ESPN+.

You can watch a replay of the Raptors’ Round 2 loss to Pampas here.

American Raptors

Tries
Mo Vainikolo, Jacob Hidalgo

Conversions
Francisco Quinn (2/2)

Penalty Goals
Francisco Quinn (1/1)

Dogos XV

Tries
Bernabe Lopez Fleming, Justo Piccardo, Santiago Pernas, Ramiro Gurovich (2), Bruno Heit, Velntino Minoyetti (2)

Conversions
Joaquin de la Vega Mendia (5/6), Manuel Nogues (1/2)

Penalty Goals
N/A

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