Monday, October 31, 2011

Canada wins Rugby Gold Medal at Pan American Games

Canada are officially the Rugby Sevens Champions of the Americas after Los Pumas defeated Canada in the Final of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on early Sunday evening. It was a highly competitive final with the lead regularly changing hands as Canada´s large contingent of Rugby World Cup players proved to give the Canucks are better side than many were anticipating before the tournament. Both Argentina and Canada qualified for the final undefeated with Canada having defeated rivals the USA on the opening day to finish on top of their Pool. Argentina´s toughest opponent on the first day was Uruguay who Argentina had few problems in defeating. Both Argentina and Canada had simple Quarter Finals but Canada had a tough re-match with the USA at the Semi Final stage which the Canucks won 21-19.

The tournament was played over two days with the eight competiting teams each playing three Pool matches on Saturday and then Quarter Finals and subsequent play-offs matches took place on Sunday. The tournament was succesful with teams able to pull-off upsets such as Brazil holding the USA to a 19-19 draw on day one. Mexico was not able to give its home fans a medal but, nonetheless, proved to be a worthy participant as did all teams at the event. Future Pan American Games should not only expand to includes Womes Rugby Sevens but also to have more teams competiting. The next addition of the Pan American Games will be hosted by Canada in the country´s largest city, Toronto in 2015.

Day One results
USA 14-7 Chile
Canada 45-0 Brazil
Brazil 19-19 USA
Canada 35-7 Chile
Canada 29-21 USA

Brazil 14- 7 Chile

Argentina 26-5 Mexico
Uruguay 20-0 Guyana
Argentina 40-0 Guyana
Uruguay 22-0 Mexico
Argentina 26-10 Uruguay
Guyana 12-5 Mexico

Day Two Results
Quarter Finals
Argentina 21-5 Chile

Uruguay 7-0 Brazil
Canada 45-0 Mexico
USA 24-12 Guyana

Battle for Fifth Place
Chile 22-0 Mexico

Battle for Seventh place
Brazil 22-7 Guyana

Argentina 17-5 Uruguay
Canada 21-19 USA

Bronze Final
USA 21-17 Uruguay

Gold Medal Final
Canada 26-24 Argentina

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