Saturday, October 30, 2010
Peru close to winning South American B Championship and making history
The surprizes in South America´s second tier of rugby continued in round two of the 2010 South American B Rugby Championship in Colombia with Peru getting a second victory in two games. In round one on Sunday October 24, Peru pulled off a massive upset in defeating Venezuela 13-05 and then in round two on Wednesday, Peru faced hosts Colombia and secured an impressive 21-07 victory to all but guarantee themselves the championship. Should Peru continue winning it will be the country's first ever South American B Rugby Championship title and would mark a significant improvement in the South American order and in IRB World Ranknigs. In the 2009 South American B Rugby Championship, Peru finished third behind both Colombia and Venezuela and in 2008 Peru was fourth with Brazil, who now play in the South American A Championship, winning the event. Peru's best performance came in 2006 when they finished second behind Brazil.
Currently, Peru sit on 6 points with both Colombia and Venezuela sitting on 3 points after two rounds. Costa Rica has lost to both teams so far in the tournament. Firstly losing 61-06 to hosts, Colombia and then to 29-06 to Venezuela. Their first objective in todays final round match vs Peru must be to score a try. Peru need to be defeated by Costa Rica in order for Colombia / Venezuela to overtake them on the table.
Earlier in the day, Argentina's development side, Los Jaguares defeated Russia 32-06 in Moscow to win the two match series 2-0. The Argentine side won without conceeding a try and managed to score five with Juan Pablo Estelles scorign twice and Tomás Cubelli, Pablo Bouza and Agustín Gosio all scoreing one try each.