Wednesday, January 19, 2011
2011 Sevens de Viña del Mar
Chile won the tournament by defeating Mendoza side, Los Tordos 21-7 in the Cup Final, known as the Copa de Oro del Miller Seven Viña 2011. It was the first time Chile had won the title since 2006. Chile got to the final after winning their pool with victories over Tala (5-0), U. Catolica (12-7) and Old Georgians (31-0). Their opponets in the Quarter Finals were the legendary Buenos Aires club, SIC who have produced many great players for Argentina including Agustín Pichot. Chile played very well to win 26-6 and then go on to face Uruguay in the semi final. The international match up went Chile´s way as they secured a 19-14 win after leading 12-7 at halftime.
Chile´s success comes only one week after Brazil finished third, ahead of both Chile and Uruguay, in the 2011 Punta del Este Sevens in Uruguay. It is further evidence of the growth of rugby occuring across South America which underlines the potential that is already there and suggests that massive things could happen should Argentina host Rugby World Cup 2023.