The League Locker

Armadillos come out on top in exciting Colombian event


Written by Robert Burgin

Bogota Armadillos took the honours as rugby league returned to Colombia last weekend, taking out a national 9-a-side tournament in an event where two teams travelled a 2000km round trip.


Following two days of action, the men’s competition boiled down to the Armadillos from the capital – boasting the greatest depth of any club in Colombia – versus the Samaland team from the Caribbean coastline.


Separated by the greatest geographic distance, the two sides were the standouts on the first day of qualifying, with Armadillos A progressing undefeated and Samaland losing just one match along the way.


Sunday’s men’s decider lived up to expectations, with a high degree of speed and skill shown as Armadillos A ultimately defeated their northern challengers 20-16.


Unfortunately Antioquia, an experienced team expected to via for the title, was prevented from travelling at the last minute, in what would have presented a tantalising addition to the contest.


In the play-off for third place, Armadillos got the honours again, with their ‘B’ side ousting Rosario 28-18.


However, Rosario didn’t leave the event empty-handed, with the women’s final resulting in a tense 10-8 win to the university-based team against their highly-athletic opponents from Samaland.


Rosario also won all qualifying games on a historic weekend for women’s rugby league in South America. [link to story on women’s rugby league in South America].



Male Qualifiers

Samaland 24 d Rosario 10

Armadillos A 14 d Armadillos B 6

Samaland 26 d Armadillos B 0

Armadillos A 38 d Rosario 0

Armadillos A 14 d Samaland 6

Armadillos B d Rosario 22-12


Male Finals

Third Place – Armadillos B 28 d Rosario 18

First Place – Armadillos A 20 d Samaland 16


Female Qualifiers

Rosario 18 d Samaland 4

Rosario 12 d Samaland 8

Rosario 16 d Samaland 4


Women’s Final

Rosario 10 d Samaland 8

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