Portugal wins Algarve Sevens rugby tournament

Portugal's sevens rugby team won the Algarve Sevens tournament this Saturday, beating Spain, by […]

Portugal's sevens rugby team won this Saturday the Algarve Sevens tournament, beating Spain 7-5, in a final that had around five thousand fans at the Algarve Stadium. With this triumph, Portugal qualified for the 2013 World Sevens in Moscow.

It was a balanced game, in this European stage of qualifying for the World Cup, with Portugal and Spain reaching the half-time with a zero.

In the second half, the Portuguese team was more dominant and took the lead in the 14th minute, with a test by Duarte Moreira, converted by Pedro Leal, a difference that was reduced by the Spaniards three minutes later, with a test by Martin Heredia.

In the game to award third and fourth places, France beat Georgia, 24-12, and ended the race in last place on the podium.

On the other hand, Scotland defeated Italy, by 22-14, and joined Portugal, Georgia, France and Spain in the group of five teams qualified in this stage for the World of sevens.

England, Wales and Russia already had guaranteed qualification for the competition, scheduled for next year, in the Russian capital.



Final quarters:

Georgia – Ukraine, 19-12.

Portugal – Italy, 28-7.

Scotland – France, 14-26.

Spain – Germany, 31-7.


- Semi finals:

Georgia – Portugal, 12-19.

France – Spain, 0-24.


- Final:

Portugal – Spain, 7-5.


– Third place qualification:

Georgia – France, 12-24.


– Qualification fifth place:

Italy – Scotland, 14-22.