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In the second round of 2019's Americas Rugby Championship, the Argentina XV 45-14 routed the Eagles. The loss effectively ended the previous skein of victories and memorable upsets from last year, specifically, a 30-29 first time win against Scotland, a 30-29 first time victory against Samoa, and a first time win 17-10 against the same Argentina XV side.
The Argentina XV, the second tier national fifteen, formerly known as the Jaguars, avenged their first ever loss in 2018 in the Americas Rugby Championship. The South American team's average age is 23, and most played in the annual U-20 Rugby Championship comprised of the top twelve junior sides. For the record, the USA has no entry even in the second tier, U-20 Trophy Championship, an eight-nation competition against lesser fifteens.
The Argentina XV compete at the same high level as Emerging England or Emerging Springboks. In addition, they were primed to redress the embarrassing and unexpected loss to the Eagles last February at StubHub Center, Los Angeles.
It is probable that the Argentina’s XV will defeat the three remaining fifteens in the Championship to win the title again, going undefeated at 5-0. The USA loss to this successful second side was not unforeseen, but perhaps the drubbing by a wide margin was.
For the Eagles, after the initial win against Uruguay, it will be time to regroup and attain a 4-1 record for second place.