Of course there are other factors such as availability of national players plying their trade elsewhere, home ground advantage and for some teams travelling travel three time and playing at home only twice, but the final log table of the Americas Championship does make on think.
Two of the three World Cup representatives in the six-team competition, the US Eagles and Canada, could to not better than finish third and fifth respectively on the log table after the fifth and final round this weekend. (See log table below)
Uruguay, the third WC team from the Americas, clinched second place when they beat Brazil 42-20 after trailing at the break, but took over control after the halftime to eventually run in five tries to three.
♦ In the other match this weekend, the Eagles edged Canada with a last-gasp try by scrumhalf Ruben de Haas in the 79th minute to edge Canada 30-25. They scored five tries to three.
♦ With Canada, who have had a poor latter half of 2018, the Eagles will take part in Pacific Nations Cup in July and start the final run-in to the World Cup.
♦ The competition was won by the Argentina XV, who were in a class of their own.
The team is effectively the second team squad of the Pumas as most of the Jaguares in the Super Rugby competition are the Pumas’ first choice players.
The Argentinians had secured the title before their last match this weekend when they beat Chile with a runaway 85-10 win and thereby took the full five match points from each of their five matches.
Their total of 25 lo points was seven better that Uruguay’s 18.
♦ The Pumas second side was the undoubted top side in the series. They scored the most tries (38) and conceded the least (six) with a positive try differential of 198 points, with an average winning score of 51, 6 against 12 and a victory margin of very close to 40 points.
The Eagles scored the second most tries (25) but the 19 they conceded were, with Brazil, the second most. Only Chile (33) conceded more tries and on the basis of this competition were nothing but a training run for the others who on average beat them by 40 points.