Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sul Americano 2010 - Brazilian Rugby Improving

As expected South American powerhouses, Argentina yet again won South America´s premier rugby championship, the 2010 Campeonato Sul Americano A in Santiago Chile. The traditional results of Uruguay finishing second and Chile third were also continued. Brazil, however managed to defeat rivals Paraguay to confirm their improvement and establish themselves as South America´s fourth best team ahead of fifth best Paraguay. The tournament took place in May with all matches held in Chile.

The different levels of the national teams meant teams had different goals for the tournament. Chile and Uruguay were targeting three wins, Brazil and Paraguay one. Uruguay and Brazil got their wishes but for Brazil the performances against Chile and Uruguay were very positive as they were able to close the gap on both countries by losing by far smaller margins than at any time in recent history. For Brazil the positive tournament served as justification for their rise from Sul Americano B, in which they had been competing against the likes of Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Venezuela. Historically, Paraguay are a stronger side than Brazil but this year, like the previous two saw Brazil standing tall to win the contest 23-18.

Chile 42-06 Paraguay

Uruguay 31-8 Brazil, Uruguay 47-14 Paraguay

Brazil 23-18 Paraguay

Rugby will make its return to the Olympic Games in in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. It is therefore highly positive for rugby in the Americas that the sport is experiencing significant growth in the country. Rugby is a sport on the rise in Brazil with new clubs every year in more parts of the country. If Argentina were to host Rugby World Cup 2023, the sport could reach unthinkable levels. The match between Brazil and Paraguay was the plate final and with neither team winning any other match their match up would be their final. Chile and Uruguay thus went into the final stage to play against Argentina. The results were:

Uruguay 36-19 Chile

Argentina 38-0 Uruguay

Argentina 48-9 Chile

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