Argentina and Uruguay celebrate in Rio(IRB.COM) Monday 25 February 2013
By Frankie Deges in Rio de Janeiro
Following an enthralling weekend of action at the CONSUR Sevens in Rio de Janeiro there were plenty of reasons to celebrate for teams from South America.
Argentina won the title, Uruguay qualified for Rugby World Cup Sevens and hosts Brazil took third place to join Uruguay at the Hong Kong Sevens in March as one of the South American qualifiers with a chance to go to London and an opportunity of qualifying as a core team on HSBC World Sevens Series.
Uruguay were unable to successfully defend their CONSUR Sevens title, but their position in the final against Argentina, who had automatically qualified for the RWC Sevens in Moscow, means they will compete at a third consecutive RWC Sevens.
“We are delighted with qualification to Moscow,” said Juan Diego Ormaechea, who celebrated with his brother Agustin, who was also in the team.
“We took this tournament with the seriousness it demanded and we had a long and hard preparation. Going to RWC Sevens was our reward but we really wanted to be champions.”
Their day began under the sun with a 45-0 win against Venezuela to complete the pool matches which gave them momentum going into the round robin.
In their first match of the round robin they narrowly beat Chile 10-7, with two unconverted tries. The Chileans, committed as they are, scored two minutes from the end, but could not close the game due to unforced errors that eventually cost them the game.
But it was their victory against Brazil that secured their place in Moscow and they won with clinical precision, taking a 17-0 lead before the locals hit back with a try. When the final whistle went, their subdued celebration was, as Ormaechea explained “because we still had a game to play which in essence became the final against Argentina.”
Argentina were deserved champions. After beating Colombia 27-0, they opened the round robin against Brazil with a 31-12 win, and then had to fight hard against both Chile (14-0) and Uruguay (19-5) in what was essentially the men’s final.
“Our goal was to win the tournament; tough as it was,” said Lucas Alcacer. “We are happy because the win was thanks to the way we played. The team showed character in the key games.”
Chile left empty handed – their 7-all draw against Brazil – saw the home side take third place after officials had to check the tournament manual to find who had finished third, and with it a ticket to the Hong Kong Sevens. The Tupis scored 26 points against the Chileans 14 in the round robin.
"It came down to heart and passion," said coach Dallas Seymour. "I am delighted for this team because they really deserve it."
Fifth place went to Colombia who beat Peru 19-14, and Guatemala avoided the wodden spoon, beating Ecuador 19-17.
DAY TWO RESULTS:
Colombia 31 – Ecuador 0
Uruguay 45 – Venezuela 0
Brazil 29 – Paraguay 0
Argentina 27 – Colombia 0
Chile 28 – Peru 7
Uruguay 10 – Chile 7
Argentina 24 – Brazil 12
Uruguay 17 – Brazil 7
Argentina 14 – Chile 0
Brazil 7 – Chile 7
Argentina 19 – Uruguay 5
5th place play off semi final
Peru 14 – Paraguay 7
Colombia 12 – Venezuela 5
5th place play off
Colombia 19 – Peru 14
9th place play off
Guatemala 19 – Ecuador 17