Chile too cool for robust Russians

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 19 June 2012
 Chile too cool for robust Russians
Chilean second row Gustavo Carrasco makes good ground in his side's victory over Russia at the JWRT on Monday. Photo: David Brinton

Chile used a balanced attack and a tenacious defence to best a constantly attacking Russia squad 53-19 in both team's first match in Pool A play of the Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament in Salt Lake City.

Seven different Chile players scored tries with the Condors taking control more and more as the game wore on. But, in truth, Chile dominated from the start, sustaining constant pressure in the first five minutes and drawing confidence from being able to keep the robust Russians at bay. Jose Tomas Munita punched the ball into the try zone in the fifth minute, for the first score. Jose Tomas Baraona’s conversion made it 7-0 early on.

Russia’s Ilya Zakharov broke the pressure with a stunning interception in his own half. He took the ball the rest of the way himself for the try. The conversion squared the match 7-7.

Nicolas Undurraga countered just three minutes later, running up the middle of the field and over at least one Russian player for another try. Baraona converted to restore the seven-point advantage. After a good penalty kick, the Condors extended the lead to 24-7 after an impressive breakout by Juan Pablo Larenas. Chile then swung the ball out wide for Tomas Ianiszewski, who finished the run.

Russia cut the lead to 24-14 in the 33rd minute after Alexey Golov ran in for the try after some nifty passing. The Bears continued to press the attack only to have Chile hold them off just short of the try line.

Chile scored just before the half-time on Matias Nordenflycht’s impressive run, giving the Condors a 29-14 lead at the break.

The Russians attacked with vigor at the start of the second half, only to be stymied inside the 22. And as the Russian team wore down under the hot Utah sun, subsitute Francisco Urroz scored two twice and Raimundo Santibanez and Baraona each tacked on late tries to put away the match.