Uruguay qualify for Junior World Trophy 2011

(IRB.COM) Tuesday 14 September 2010
 Uruguay qualify for Junior World Trophy 2011
Uruguay ran in 10 tries against Chile - Photo: Pasión & Deporte (Gonzalo Uñates)

Uruguay have become the latest nation to qualify for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2011 after beating traditional rivals Chile 66-18 in the decisive match of the South American Under 19 Championship on Sunday.

Los Teritos' convincing victory at the Santiago Lawn Tennis Club means they qualify for the Under 20 tournament as South America's representatives to join Samoa, the side relegated from Junior World Championship 2010, Asian champions Japan and Zimbabwe, the African champions.

The remaining four places at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2011 will be filled by the host nation and representatives from North America and Europe, the latter holding their own regional championship from 24 to 30 October in Belgium.

Uruguay, the inaugural Trophy champions in 2008, finished fifth in this year's tournament and will be looking to better that performance to give them another chance to play at the pinnacle of the IRB's Age Grade structure, the Junior World Championship.

Coached by Fernando Silva, Uruguay were simply too strong and clinical for their Chilean counterparts, scoring 10 tries in the emphatic victory with wing Federico Favaro scoring a hat-trick and flanker Agustin Alonso touching down a brace.

Agustin Ormaechea, the son of former Uruguay captain and coach Diego Ormaechea, was again a key player for Los Teritos, the centre and captain converting eight of the 10 tries to take his tally for the tournament to 30 points.

On the opening day of the tournament, Uruguay had run in six tries to beat Paraguay 44-12 with Alonso again among the try scorers, while Chile proved too strong for Brazil with a 47-0 victory to set up the decisive match with Los Teritos.

Uruguay and Chile will now face Argentina, who will play in the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy next year, in one off matches on Wednesday and Saturday respectively in Santiago del Estero.

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