Chile will represent South America at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2012 after overcoming traditional rivals Uruguay 17-15 in the CONSUR Under 19 Championship in the Paraguayan capital of Asunción recently.
Los Cóndores last played in the Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2009, finishing third a year after hosting the inaugural tournament in Santiago and losing to neighbours Uruguay 20-8 and missing out on promotion to the IRB Junior World Championship.
Uruguay opened the scoring with an early penalty by Agustín del Campillo and went in leading 10-7 after Francisco Cervinio’s try just before the break cancelled out an effort by Raimundo Santibáñez in a tightly contested encounter.
José Baraona levelled the scores with a penalty six minutes after the restart and then added the conversion as wing Santibáñez touched down his second try of the match minutes later. The score remained at 17-10 until late on when Alfonso Ferrari’s try.
The conversion was crucially missed and Chile were left to celebrate victory as they take their place alongside the other teams already confirmed for IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012 in Zimbabwe (Africa), Japan (Asia) and Tonga, the side relegated from this year’s Junior World Championship.
Chile and Uruguay both progressed to the second phase against Argentina, but it was Los Pumitas who were crowned South American Under 19 champions again after overcoming Los Condores 52-0 and Los Teritos 39-10.
Hosts Paraguay meanwhile were also celebrating after beating Brazil 24-10 to finish third in the first phase behind Chile and Uruguay, turning around a 5-3 deficit at half time iwth tries from Carlos Bareiro, Pablo Espinola and Gilberto da Silva.
On the opening day of the tournament, Chile had overcome Paraguay 50-29 with Matias Wodenflych and Martin Verschae grabbing a brace of tries, as Uruguay beat Brazil 34-15 with Emiliano Gioia touching down twice.