Argentine winger Julian Dominguez made two attempts, as Nola Gold returned 22–14 in the second half with 22.5 points over the Toronto Arrow in Major League Rugby play.
Toronto (3-4-0) came into the tight Eastern Conference that day, separating the top five teams by just one point. Nola (3-2-1) was fifth.
Manuel Montero made two tries for Toronto, leading 14–0 at the half. The 6-foot-4 240-pound Montero, who holds 27 caps for Argentina, scored a hat-trick against Rugby United New York last week and now has six attempts on the season.
Tyler Adams kicked two conversions for Toronto. Half of New Zealand, which came on the weekend, played MLR with 64 points, missed two penalty kicks and was sinned late in the game.
Cam Dolan also made an effort for Nola. Damian Stevens scored two conversions and a penalty.
The game played on a wet ground at the Gold Mine at the airline stadium had a small number of fans.
Arrow’s 23-man match-day lineup included 15 Canadians, with lock mason Flesh and hooker Andrew Quattrin returning in the opening 15. The squad had 14 international players – seven from Canada, four from Argentina and three from Uruguay.
Canadian internationals Eric Howard and Kyle Bailey introduced Hook and Lock for Knocker Gold respectively. Canadian back Lockie Kretz also saw action for Nola.
The Arrows were coming off back-to-back lopped wins over Rugby United New York (53–12) and the Seattle Seaweats (52–7). Toronto, which had epidemic restrictions due to a limited ban, lost its first two games of the season before winning three of the next four.
Nola lost to Rugby ATL 38-28 last time and lost two of their last three.