Colombia recovered from an early setback to defeat Brazil 28-7 in the first meeting between the teams in women's 15s rugby and enter the World Rugby Women's Rankings in 38th place.


Despite having much more of a background in rugby sevens, both teams applied themselves well to the relatively new demands of 15s to produce a good spectacle that saw Las Tucanes post four tries after Brazil had taken the lead through Rafaela Zenellato.

With the conversion successfully added, the score stood at 7-0 to Brazil until Colombia worked an overlap for Yina Quintero to cross for a try that went unconverted to leave them trailing by two points.

It was not long, though, before the home team went in front after Carolina Naranjo scored their second try, Camila Lopera converting on this occasion to make it 12-7.

Sharon Acevedo added another five points before the break with Colombia's third try, which came as a direct result of Las Tucanes' dominance in the scrum.

Colombia kept the Brazilians scoreless in the second half while adding 11 points of their own through two Lopera penalties and a fine team try finished off by Leidy García.

Brazil drop four places in the rankings to 50th as a result of the defeat in their first 15s test since 2008.