ASUNCÍON- Chile recorded a third place finish in the South American Six Nations 2019, after it beat Paraguay 53-10 away from home. The occasion marked The Condors’ first win of the 2019 season and cemented them at 29th in the World Rugby Rankings. Chile next takes on Romania and Spain in June.
Small Loss Against Uruguay
Chile opened the tournament with a close but heartbreaking loss to Uruguay XV. The Chileans played well, with the final result of 32-39 against the 2nd XV’s side of the 2019 World Cup side, despite receiving a red card during the opening 20 minutes of the game.
Defeat Against Argentina
Their next challenge was to be their biggest of the tournament as they took on Argentina’s 2nd XV side, at the Tennis Lawns in Tucuman. As expected, the Argentinians proved to be too much and easily dismantled Chile in a 29-3 defeat.
Victory Against Paraguay
The final game of the series for Chile was away from home and against the lower ranked side of Paraguay. Though neither could win the title at this point, it was still important for their global positions in the rankings as it was a fully capped game. The 53-10 victory for Chile cemented its spot at 29th in the World, while the defeat pushed Paraguay down from 38th to 42nd.
The XV sides tournament doesn’t affect the standings of the full representative sides of Argentina and Uruguay, which are 10th and 16th in the world, respectively, but Colombia managed to lift itself to its highest position ever, from 35th up to 33rd. Brazil maintains its position at 24th in the World.
The favorite’s for the title, Argentina XV, lifted the inaugural title as they managed a clean sweep over Colombia, Chile, and Brazil; Uruguay XV finished second above the Condors at third; Brazil placed fourth; Colombia fifth; and Paraguay completed the table.
Chile next takes on Romania in Valparaíso, followed by Spain in Curicó for the June International window. Both Spain and Romania were in reach of the Rugby World Cup 2019 until controversy saw them both excluded and sitting at 18th and 19th. These games will be a real test to see where Chile lies in the developing tiers of World Rugby.