Sportswriting, 4 March. The Spanish Rugby 7 team competes on Sunday for ninth place in the Vancouver Championship (Canada), the seventh stage of the World Championship, after a day on Saturday in which it tied with the United States (19-19) and defeated the host. (19-14).
The match against the United States ended bizarrely, with Spain already leveling the clock at zero via Jaime Manteca, who made an effort to get close to the posts to facilitate what would have been a winning turnaround, but Jaime Mata took too long to execute it and the referee declared the match over.
The Americans, who were risking their place in the quarter-finals, took the lead a minute later with a run from Malachi Esdal but the “lions”, sick with the ball in hand to weaken the opponent’s defense, gave him the comeback to score with. Marks from Juan Pedro Ramos and Thiago Romero.
Another scramble by an American runner, in this case Perry Baker, leveled the competition on the brink of the first half and gave way to a stifling second half, as Spain defended tirelessly for five minutes, until David Steele scored just next to the left flag. , and Mata’s late turnaround gave his team a tie synonymous with the classification.
In the quarter-finals of the Consolation Cup, Canada took the lead after a minute of play after being passed by Jack Carson on his right, but a good understanding between Juan Martinez and Paul Bla gave Spain the lead in the first half (12-7), thanks to two tries. From the Catalan winger after two assists, a subsequent kick and a short pass, from the Valladolid midfielder.
The one-handed lay-off of Alejandro Laforga allowed Juan Pedro Ramos to extend the Spanish advantage in the first attack of the second half, with twelve points that were already unassailable for the hosts, who closed the deficit with a minute left thanks to a long run. Josiah Girl (14-19). EFE