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The United States lost its second-straight game to move to the Bowl Quarterfinals Saturday, falling 26-12 to Argentina. A loss saw the Eagles skid and the Pumas advance undefeated. The game was not decided until the final whistle, but Argentina was in the driver’s seat the whole way.
Argentina took advantage of a couple of American penalties early on, dotting down halfway through the first period. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful, making it 5-0.
Perry Baker, in his first start, tight-roped the sideline to score the first try for the Eagles. The USA pulled in some attention at one tackle, and then sent it wide to Baker. He went in untouched. Madison Hughes converted, putting the USA up 7-5.
Some extremely sloppy play on the next series of phases saw Argentina with a point-blank lineout. Rodrigo Etchart would crease the desperate defense for the Pumas’ second score to regain the lead, 12-7.
The Pumas scored two more tries to the USA’s one, leaving the Eagles chasing the rest of the way. The result sours a day that started well for the Americans, but a positive result on day two is still on the table. The USA will play the loser of Japan and France in the Bowl Quarterfinals Saturday.