Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Uruguay humbles Brazil to set up South American final against Chile

Uruguay eliminated Brazil from RWC Qualification in Montevideo on Wednesday
The governing body of rugby in Brazil, the CBRu has made no secret of the progress made in Brazilian rugby circles both on and off the field in recent times. The number of people playing the sport has boomed and the Brazilian national mens rugby team has been competiting better against Chile and Uruguay than it had been in the first decade of professionalism. Today´s result, however, could possibly be described as a wake up call as Brazil was not allowed to play at all as Uruguay bullied the Brazilians by playing the basics very well to control possession ad territory and complete an emphatic 58-7 victory. 

Played in ideal conditions at the new home of Uruguay rugby, the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo the late autumn afternoon gave both teams the opportunity to play their own brands of rugby. But with Uruguay being so much better in the scrum Los Teros were able to take firm control of the match from the outset and play some impressive rugby to suggest Uruguay has a chance of qualifying for a third Rugby World Cup. The match started poorly for Brazil as outside centre Moises Duque misjudged the kick-off as he kicked it out on the full. It gave Uruguay a scrum on the halfway line which had Los Teros licking their lips straight away. After winning the scrum Uruguay charged forward and subsequently won a penalty which saw right winger Federico Favaro have a shot at goal. The kick was on target to give Uruguay an early 3-0 lead. Favaro would go on to have six more attempts in the first half but would be unable to match the accuracy of Javier Valderrana. The Chilean fullback had a major pat to play in Chile´s win over Brazil in Temuco last Saturday and Uruguay will need to kick better or Los Condores could well cause an upset. 

Favaro was on target with his second kick as he converted a try scored from the back of the scrum by backrower Juan Ormaechea. Leading 10-0 after nine minutes signs were not optimistic for the Brazilians. With Uruguay playing all the rugby and Brazil doing little more than tackling Uruguay extended its lead to seventeen points in the 14th minute after Favaro converted a try scored  by inside centre Alvaro Roman under the posts. The try came from a scrum with Brazil being severely bullied enabling good go forward ball for Los Teros. 

What was looking like being a long match for Brazil was compounded in the 15th minute as Ilhabela backrower Danilo Taino was yellow carded for a high tackle. It was the first of three cards handed out to Brazil and the visitors can certainçy not claim to have been hard done by. Taino´s card was for a high tackle which by the refereeing standards used in professional rugby competitions was clearly meriting more than a penalty. Without Taino on the field Uruguay extended its lead to 22-0 when left winger Francisco Buletti scored one of the best tries of the match. After a clean linebreak from outside centre Andrés Vilaseca Bulatti was on hand to offer support and touched down to great applause from the local supporters. Favaro missed the conversion but more concerning was an injur to flyhalf Matias Arocena which forced him from the field. 

The severity of the injury was later confirmed as being serious enough for Arocena to be ruled out of Uruguay´s match against Chile on Saturday. Los Teros Headcoach Pablo Lemoine spoke after the match about what he thought to be dirty play on the part of the Brazilians which contributed to Uruguay suffering injuries during the match. Arocena left the field midway through the first half and was replaced by Alejo Duran. The disruption made an impact on how Uruguay played as Los Teros were unable to score again before the interval. Uruguay did have chances only to knock-on with the line in sight and Favaro also missed two opportunities with the boot which meant Uruguay held a 22-0 half time lead. 

It was a scoreline that could, in theory, be reversed to see Brazil upset the favorites but the possibility was made impossible in the 40th minute when replacement prop Jonatas Paulo was red carded for stamping on an Uruguayan players head while he was on the ground. It occured only four minutes after Moises Duque had been yellow carded which meant Brazil started the second half with thirteen players. Uruguay played most of the second half in a relaxed manner. The tries scored were all spread out with Uruguay not looking to score as many points as possible but, rather, to see out the game and be able to concentrate on Chile. 

Uruguay´s first second half try was scored by Juan Ormaechea who went over from a scrum in which Brazil had again retreated. With Favaro adding the extras uruguay led 32-0 after 50 minutes. The scrums were beginning to take their toll and they were taking up far too much playing time which resulted in the referee talking to Brazil´s captain Daniel Danielewicz regularly. Having penalzed Brazil only for no change to occur Danielewicz was yellow carded in the 56th minute. By the time he returned Uruguay had scored further points with backrower Franco Lamanna going over in the left corner after Uruguay simply had players left over. 

Favaro missed the attempted conversion and was then replaced as goalkicker by replacement Leandro Leivas who kicked three from three. His conversions in the 67th, 72nd and 76th minutes saw Uruguay score 21 points in the final thirteen minutes. All three tries came from Uruguay´s dominance in the forwards. Prop Arturo Arvaro went over from close range while Diego magno replicated Ormaechea as the replacement backrower scored from the back of the scrum. Leivas then scored the final try of the match after Brazil had scored its only try in the 76th minute with Moises Duque scoring near the right corner. Replacement, and his older brother, Lucas Duque landed the conversion as Brazil bowed out of Rugby World Cup qualification. 

1 Alejo Corral
2 Nicolás Klapenbach
3 Mario Sagario
4 Cristofer Soares de Lima
5 Santiago Vilaseca
6 Franco Lamanna
7 Juan Gaminara
8 Juan Ormaechea
9 Guillermo Lijtenstein
10 Matias Arocena
11 Francisco Bulatti
12 Alberti Roma
13 Andrés Vilaseca
14 Federico Favaro
15 Gastón Mieres

1 Lucas Abud
2 Daniel Danielewicz
3 Jardel Vattorato
4 Carlos Oliveira
5 Lucas Piero
6 Danilo Taino
7 Saulo Oliveira
8 Daniel Matheus
9 Leandro Castiglioni
10 Daniel Gregg
11 Lucas Tranquez
12 Pedro Lopes
13 Moises Duque
14 Gustavo Krahembuhl
15 Matheus Silva


  1. Oh boy! Does anyone else feel that we may see Brazil soak up another ton from Argentina this year?

  2. Hard to disagree. Brazil will be without its leading back and forward - Fernando Portugal and Diego Lopes. Others in doubt too. Brazil has, nonetheless, progressed.

    1. True say that, Paul. Some guy on the rugby forum opened up a debate about why ARG sent a team to the S.Amer champs, as they always stuff the rest.
      Under this guise, I think that it is better for the rest of S.Amer though.
      This was infact ARG #5, and they were given a stern working out by URG in the first game. For S.Amer the pressence of ARG gives them something to aim at, a blue print to get better if you like!

      They need ARG in this competition. I only wish JPN would do the same and stop sending their apex stringers out to rout little PHI and UAE!
      Cherry blossoms should also send out their #5 team!

      BTW Paul, I was really impressed by the progress of Tomas leonardi last year. I know he signed for the Kings and came on as a sub in Super rugby. I've not heard nought about him since then. Is he injured?

    2. Leonardí is a victim of quotas... i.e. he is a foreigner which under RSA laws means chances are very limited. He will play for the Kings in the Vodacom Cup QF.

  3. Hi guys, Where can i find the Brazil rugby teams fixture list?

    1. Brazil, for the time being, has no more matches scheduled. The country´s national competition, the Super 10, will start shortly and will be covered here on Argentina 2023.