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Brazil are South American sevens champions – again.

It appears there are now three certainties in life – death, taxes, and Brazil winning the South American Sevens.

It appears there are now three certainties in life – death, taxes, and Brazil winning the South American Sevens.

Since 2004 Brazil have taken part in 13 out of 14 South American Championship (or South American Games, which has occasionally taken its place) and have won all 13 (they did not take part in 2015 as the tournament was an Olympic qualifier, and they had already qualified as hosts).

Over 14 years they have played 76 games, and won them all, shutting out the opposition on 56 occasions and conceding just 26 tries in total. No team has ever scored more than twice against them. Their average margin of victory has been over 32 points – and the gap has been growing in recent years rather than contracting

Which made this year’s final a standout as the “Yaras” only won by 17-10 – the best result by any South American team against Brazil since 2012, and the closest final since 2004 (when Brazil only won 15-12 against Venezuela, who were not in Montevideo this weekend due to domestic problems in that country).

The championship was played as part of the traditional Valentín Martinez Tournament, played annually in Montevideo, Uruguay, and means Brazil have won a place in the Langford round of the World Series, and the World Series qualifier at Hong Kong.

In the first day of competition, the Brazilians beat Venezuela’s replacement Costa Rica by 47-0 Peru 38-7 (Peru’s first ever try against the Yarras), and finally Colombia 40-0

In the quarterfinals on day two, Brazil beat hosts Uruguay 31-0, the Peru 31-5 in the semis on their way to the final.

Elsewhere there were signs of change. Peru – who used to firmly at the bottom of the rankings – reached the semi-finals, and Argentina still just hold a advantage over Colombia, but needed extra time to win their semi-final.

Results

Pool A Colombia 19-0 Peru; Brazil 47-0 Costa Rica; Brazil 38-7 Peru; Colombia 37-0 Costa Rica; Peru 36-0 Costa Rica; Brazil 40-0 Colombia

Pool B Paraguay 26-7 Uruguay; Argentina 38-0 Chile; Argentina 58-0 Uruguay; Paraguay 24-12 Chile; Uruguay 12-12 Chile; Argentina 28-17 Paraguay

Quarter-Final Costa Rica 0-42 Argentina; Chile 0-36 Colombia; Brazil 31-0 Uruguay; Peru 15-5 Paraguay

Plate Semi Final Costa Rica 0-24 Chile; Uruguay 0-28 Paraguay

Semi-Final Argentina 22-17 Colombia; Brazil 31-5 Peru

7th Place Costa Rica 0-31 Uruguay

5th Place Chile 22-5 Paraguay

3rd Place Colombia 12-5 Peru

Final Brazil 17-10 Argentina