There were field goals in both semi-finals of the Brasil Rugby League women’s competition, but very different outcomes as Melina and Vitória qualified for next Saturday’s grand final in São Lourenco, Minas Gerais.
Undefeated professional club Melina, the competition’s closest team to the Amazon Jungle, qualified with a dominant 57-0 win over Remendadas in one semi-final.
Franciny Amaral scored three tries, while Taina Amorim collected 17 points from a try, 6 goals and a field-goal.
As anticipated, the other semi was more closely fought, with Atlantic coast team Vitória defeating Maringá 25-16 after scores were tied 16-all.
Incumbent Brasil women’s captain Karina Araujo kicked a field goal to break the deadlock, before the Rhinos ran in two late unconverted tries.
International Rugby Sevens star Edna Santini was one of the strongest performers for Vitória.
In previous qualification rounds the same two teams fought a tense 6-4 result decided on the final play of the game, with Maringá winning on that occasion.
Amazonas World Cup coach Paul Grundy and a selection panel will now select a 40-woman extended squad to prepare for the coming tournament, to be announced in 24 hours.
Players in the squad will stay in a bio-secure bubble until the grand final, receiving specialised training from both their club and national coaching staff.
MELINA 57 (Franciny Amaral 3, Mallaury Chatron 2, Adryenne Lima, Giovana Ribeiro, Geldete Dos Santos, Patricia Carvalho, Taina Amorim, Ana Julia Dias tries; Taina Amorim 6 goals; Taina Amorim field goal) def REMENDADAS 0.
VITÓRIA 25 (Karina Araujo, Paula Sarmento, Edna Santini, Natalia Jonck, Barbara Leal tries; Karina Araujo 2 goals; Karina Araujo field goal) def MARINGA 16 (Daniele Soares, Mariely Faria, Brena Prioste tries; Vivian Silva, Brena Prioste goals).
Media Release by Brasil Rugby League
Photography by Tribus Studio