El Salvador beat Peru in inaugural Sean Day Shield at Campbelltown

The spirit of Latin America was alive and well in Campbelltown at the weekend as Peru and El Salvador clashed in a rugby league match-up.

El Salvador emerged victorious in the inaugural Sean Day Shield on Saturday night in a come-from-behind performance.

Peru were ahead 10-4 at halftime, and the Salvadorians suffered a further blow when halfback Oscar Mendoza was sent to the sin bin seven minutes into the second half.

But El Salvador was able to come home strong with a double from Carlos Reyes Kiwikiwi, allowing his team to overcome the Peruvians. The final score was El Salvador 18, Peru 10

Anthony Maatouk, of El Salvador, was awarded the Tas Baitieri Award for best on ground.

El Salvador's try-scorers were Kiwikiwi, Eric Orellana and Maatouk, while Memo Fernandez scored a goal.

Peru's lone try-scorer was Jye Sommers (who also bagged a double), while Frank Altamarino slotted the conversion.

The lively event, which marked the first game to be played under the new lights at Waminda Oval, started with some Latin American food and a performance from traditional folklore dancers Brisas del Peru.

The curtain-raising game of OzTag between Ecuador and the GYG Latin Heat Invitational team was also a nail-biter, with the latter scraping through 10-8 winners.

The event was attended by Eliana Beraun, Consulate General of Peru, Jose Vasquez, Honorary Consul of El Salvador, and Campbelltown councillor Warren Morrison.

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