Friday, February 4, 2011
2011 South American Rugby Sevens Championship
This Saturday and Sunday Brazil's Southern most State, Rio Grande do Sul will play host to the Premier Sevens event in South America as Bento Gonçalves will stage the Campeonato Sul-Americano de Rugby Sevens. For Brazil, home advantage will mean everything as Brazil has a golden opportunity to claim the last remaining place at the 2011 Pan American Games to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico in October. The South American power houses of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have already confirmed their places for the intercontinental championship in Guadalajara and the highest placed side out of Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela will claim South America's final spot.
Argentina enter as tournament favourites and should have lfew problems in winning the title. The real interest will indeed be on the Pan American Games and Brazil enter as favourites for the spot having performed well in Sevens events in Argentina and Uruguay. Brazil defeated Uruguay in Punta del Este en route to claiming third place while Paraguay was badly defeated at the others did not participate. Brazil will face off against Argentina, Paraguay and Peru in Group A - clearly targetting second spot. Chile and Uruguay will fight it out for first place in Group B with Colombia and Venezuela trying to avoid the wooden spoon.
Brazil is also looking for good results in the womens draw, but in a different way. The Brazilian womens side is looking to continue its dominance and hegemony in South American Rugby Sevens after winning the title six years running. They head Group B and will face off against Argentina, Paraguay and Venezuela. While Group B will consist of Chile, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay. The top two in both pools will go to the Cup Semi Finals.
Brazil´s matches at the 2010 Sul Americano Rugby Sevens Championship in Mar del Plata