Rugby Sevens: Brazil Women Win South American Olympic Qualifier

Regional powerhouse Brazil went undefeated to win the 2019 South American Rugby Women’s Sevens Olympic Qualification Championship. By winning, the nation will return to the Olympics as the sport makes its second consecutive appearance at the games. Overall ten teams competed across two pools with the top two teams advancing to the semifinals. The Olympic qualification tournament was held in Lima, Peru from June 1st to June 2nd 2019.

Pool A was topped by Brazil whom went 200-17 over its four matches, scoring at least 40 points in each game. The second placed team was the host nation, Peru whom defeated Paraguay, Venezuela and Guatemala 19-5, 27-5 and 22-0 respectively.

Argentina and Colombia tied 24-24 early on in Pool B, causing the winner of the pool to be decided by goal differential. Due to scheduling, Colombia played its final two games after Argentina finished playing theirs. Knowing that they needed at least a 118-point differential, Colombia smashed Uruguay and Costa Rica 50-0 and 71-0 respectively to finish first in the pool by three points.

The semifinals were won by Brazil whom defeated Argentina 36-14 while Colombia defeated Peru 19-5. Brazil would clinch the title and Olympic quota by defeating Colombia in the final 28-15. Argentina won the bronze medal, defeating Peru 22-12.

Colombia and Argentina will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the final Olympic Repechage tournament to be held in 2020. Qualification in women’s rugby sevens continues in two weeks with the conclusion of the 2018-19 Women’s World Rugby Sevens Series.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Tournament
* Brazil