Brazil won the Aquece Rio International Women’s Rugby Sevens tournament, defeating Argentina 27-5 in a pulsating final to secure a 12th consecutive Sudamérica Rugby title.
After topping Pool A on day one, the home team defeated Chile 41-0 in the quarter-final and Colombia 31-0 in the semi-final before teeing-up a mouth-watering final against a much-improved Argentina side.
Argentina had claimed their final place courtesy of a 38-0 quarter-final win over Peru and a 22-5 semi-final victory over Venezuela.
In the 32C heat of mid-summer in Rio, the final was a tense affair, but spurred on by a vocal home support Brazil pulled clear courtesy of a hat-trick by speedster Edna Santini (pictured below), adding to her braces in the semi and quarter-finals.
Victorious Brazil captain Paula Ishibashi said: “This is a proud moment for Brazil rugby. Winning a 12th South American title is a fantastic achievement, but doing it on home soil in the Olympic Games test event is very special.
“We can now look forward to continuing our preparations for the Olympic Games on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. We are all excited about the Games and I am sure that rugby sevens will be popular with people in Rio.”
Invaluable testing opportunity
On a weekend of operational testing and readiness, South America’s top women’s players were the stars, delivering a feast of breath-taking and compelling action that demonstrated the massive advances that women’s rugby sevens has made across the region.
While Brazil and Colombia have booked their place at Rio 2016, Argentina and Venezuela can still qualify for the Olympic Games by winning the 16-team repechage event in Dublin in June.
In the coming months the venue will play host to the modern pentathlon test event before construction starts on the 15,000 capacity temporary stadium that will provide the stage for the world’s top sevens players to showcase their talents to a global audience.
World Rugby declared the test event a valuable exercise in familiarisation with Olympic Games structures and event delivery.
World Rugby Head of Competitions and Performance Mark Egan said: “This event has delivered invaluable testing opportunity for the Rio 2016 organising committee and World Rugby.
“We can now collectively fine-tune ahead of the Games, where we anticipate fantastic men’s and women’s rugby sevens events.”
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Day two results
Brazil 41-0 Colombia
Venezuela 17-0 Paraguay
Colombia 36-5 Uruguay
Argentina 38-0 Peru
Chile 12-7 Uruguay
Paraguay 19-12 Peru
Brazil 31-0 Colombia
Argentina 22-5 Venezuela
Seventh place play-off
Uruguay 5-15 Peru
Fifth place play-off
Chile 0-22 Paraguay
Colombia 14-5 Venezuela
Brazil 27-5 Argentina
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