Sunday, May 13, 2012 - Submitted by Garth Gottfried
The Ontario Blues have defeated the Uruguayan national team 27-16. Known as 'Los Teros,' Uruguay hosted the Blues in Montevideo, which was Ontario's third and final game on their South American tour.
Playing at the Montevideo Cricket Club, which is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world, and the oldest in South America, Los Teros scored an early penalty for the first lead, 3-0.
Ontario soon struck back from a lineout with Dan West running in from 25 metres out. Steve Piatek converted from the touchline for the Blues to take the lead 7-3.
Soon after Piatek landed a penalty for Ontario to increase the lead to 10-3 just 20 minutes into the game.
By the break, the home side landed another penalty goal to make it 10-6 for the Blues.
Very early in the second half, the Blues benefitted from a try by Ryan Macsween. Another Piatek conversion from the touchline stretched the lead to 17-6 for Ontario.
One more try wide out, this time by hooker Ray Barkwill, put the Blues well up at 24-6, in the 55th minute.
Uruguay increased the pressure, which was withstood by the Blues until the 64th minute. Tom Dolezel was sent to the sin-bin. Two minutes later, the same fate befell Mike Scholz and Ontario were down to 13 men.
Los Teros scored an uncoverted try to make it 24-11, but the Blues were able to score while shorthanded, Piatek slotting another penalty to make it 27-11.
With the first sin-bin over, the Blues were still vulnerable as Uruguay notched another unconverted try to make it 27-16, which was the final score.
BLUES vs URUGUAY
1 Tom Dolezel 2 Ray Barkwill 3 Mike Pletch 4 Luke Tait 5 Brett Beukeboom 6 Mark Macsween 7 Alistair Clark 8 Seb Pearson 9 Kyle Armstrong 10 Steve Piatek 11 Ryan Macsween 12 Mike Scholz 13 Dan West 14 Lucas Hammond 15 Craig Marshall
16 Creag Johnston 17 Doug Wooldridge 18 Rob Brouwer 19 Scott Dunham 20 Cam Stones 21 Ryan Tomlinson 22 Rory Tomlinson 23 Liam Underwood