Brazil look to continue Sevens dominance

(IRB.COM) Friday 22 February 2013  
 Brazil look to continue Sevens dominance
Brazil beat Argentina 27-0 when the sides met in the Bowl semi finals in Houston earlier this month - Photo: IRB/Paul Rudman

One place remains in the Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 draw and Brazil are favourites to claim that place by winning the CONSUR Sevens on home soil in Rio de Janeiro this weekend.

Brazil have won every edition of the South American Sevens since it was introduced in 2004, but despite such dominance they are not taking qualification for the Moscow showpiece on 28-30 June for granted.

“We always say that a game only finishes with the final whistle and anything can happen,” admitted Brazil captain Julia Sardá.

“Sevens rugby is very fast and any doubt can mean points scored by your opponent. So we have been analysing our own game and focused also on the opposition.

“We will try to play a new game, with a new idea and we will of course give all our best to win the tournament and secure the berth for RWC Sevens.”

Brazil go into the final regional qualifying tournament for Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 on the back of playing in the first two rounds of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Dubai and Houston.

They found life difficult in Dubai and finished bottom of the 12 teams, but improved to ninth in the Houston round at the beginning of February. Victory in the CONSUR Sevens will ensure their place in the remaining Series rounds in China and the Netherlands.

"A dream come true"

Brazil, though, were not alone in playing in Houston with Argentina’s women relishing the opportunity to play against the world’s leading nations as part of their preparations for this qualifier.

They learned some valuable lessons in the tournament and will continue to draw on the experience of Santiago Gomez Cora, the Argentina Sevens legend who has scored more tries than any player in IRB Rugby Sevens history.

“Our team is in great nick,” insisted Viviana Garat. “We have momentum after the tour to the USA. We are focusing on growing and are really excited about playing in the South American Championship.

“We have high expectations and want to reach the semi final. We acknowledge that to do that we have to play each game as it comes.
“The tour to the USA showed us how the powers play the game and what we need to work on. We are in the UAR High Performance programmes and being coached by top coaches ... it is a dream come true.”

Brazil and Argentina will come face to face in the second round of pool matches on Saturday at the Estádio da Gávea, the first of four women’s matches to be shown live on television during the tournament.

They are joined in Pool A by Chile and Peru, while Colombia, Uruguay, Venezuela and Paraguay make up Pool B with the top two teams in each pool progressing to the Cup semi finals on Sunday and the remaining four teams battling it out for the Bowl.

Day one fixtures (all times local)
10:20 - Pool A - Brazil v Peru
10:40 - Pool B - Colombia v Paraguay
11:00 - Pool A - Argentina v Chile
11:20 - Pool B - Uruguay v Venezuela
13:00 - Pool A - Brazil v Argentina
13:20 - Pool B - Colombia v Venezuela
13:40 - Pool A - Chile v Peru
14:00 - Pool B - Uruguay v Paraguay
15:40 - Pool A - Brazil v Chile
16:00 - Pool B - Colombia v Uruguay
16:20 - Pool A - Argentina v Peru
16:40 - Pool B - Venezuela v Paraguay