History was made in May as the South American Rugby Championship found a new winner.
In the tournament’s 67 year history, only Argentina, Chile and Uruguay have lifted the trophy – and the latter two’s triumphs came when Argentina didn’t play. However, after a campaign of firsts, it was Brazil that claimed their first ever title.
The tournament, now referred to as the South American Six Nations, features the six leading teams in the continent: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Colombia and Uruguay. The competition is split into two pools, with each team playing three matches. While the teams from Argentina and Uruguay are not always at full strength, they, especially Argentina, have dominated the championship.
And so Brazil’s first ever South American Rugby Championship victory came, courtesy of campaign full of brilliant, record breaking performances.
First up, Brazil beat Chile 28 - 12 in Sao Paulo. That was their biggest ever win against Chile, and set them up for more historic moments to come.
Next came a match against their great nemesis – Argentina. A wild game in Buenos Aries saw Argentina lead 33-3 at half-time, but a second half onslaught gave Brazil a famous victory, 33 points to 36. That gave the Tupis their first ever win against Los Pumas in their history.
All that was left for Brazil to claim a first ever title was to beat Colombia back in Sao Paulo. A Bergo try in the 10th minute calmed any Brazilian nerves, and by half-time they had extended their lead to 13-0. The floodgates opened in the second half, with try after try giving the home side a fitting victory margin to celebrate their championship. By the time Colombia got on the scoreboard, Brazil had already racked up 60 points, and the final margin of 67-5 was conclusive proof that Brazil were the team of the tournament.
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