Brazil and Colombia powered their way in to the semi-finals as they managed big wins on day five of the Parapans wheelchair rugby tournament in Toronto on Wednesday. Brazil got their expected win over Chile while Colombia won an effective playoff for the bronze medal match as they defeated Argentina.
Not wanting to risk dropping down the rankings Brazil were determined to take the game to Chile, and it was a clinical performance. The Brazilians were well disciplined throughout the game, not giving away a single foul throughout, even with rotating their players throughout the game they kept the scores going.
The Brazilians kept their physical play up through the game, which may mean they score fewer goals than teams like the North Americans but it creates a defensive game, which stifled Chile. Chile did not manage to have a multiple scorer throughout the game, which even the two big guns could not achieve.
Chile may well have restricted the Brazilians in the first period, but they could not get much going in the way of goal scoring. From the start Brazil seemed more interested in the performance than in the deficit and the score at the end of the first was 11-1.
The second period saw the Brazilians lift and put on some more offense, really punishing the Chileans for their turnovers. At the half, Brazil had a big 24-2 lead as they were just much too clinical, spreading the wealth.
Chile improved as the game wore on and managed their biggest period of the game so far but made no dent in to the score. Brazil went in to the final period 35-4 up, Chile made a strong effort in that final period, restricting Brazil to a low score but the final still read 45-6.
The second game of the day was a virtual quarter-final as Argentina faced off against Colombia and the game contained the first real upset of the tournament. Colombia handily defeated the fancied Argentine side who will now see their IWRF ranking drop below the Colombians.
It was the turnovers that cost Argentina dearly as they gave up the ball 26 times, with Juan Herrera uncharacteristically culpable, giving seven away. By comparison Colombia were just efficient, they did well, giving up just six.
The match started tight, but one turnover from the Argentines in the period proved immensely costly as Colombia went to the first break 12-11 up. Starting the second period with possession Colombia extended their lead and held on to that advantage making it 22-20 at half-time.
It was the third quarter where Colombia really took it away from Argentina as their aggressive play forced plenty of turnovers. That allowed Colombia to build a big lead as they went through the quarter 38-26, almost taking it away from Argentina.
The second set required one all mighty comeback from Argentina and they cracked under the pressure, giving up the ball far too much. That saw Colombia claim the win 51-36, and take them through to the semi-final.