Paraguay end Bermuda's RWC 2015 dreams

(RUGBY WORLD CUP) Saturday 29 September 2012
Paraguay end Bermuda's RWC 2015 dreams
Paraguay proved too strong for Bermuda, crossing for four tries in Asunción

Paraguay made it four wins from four in Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifying matches in September by running out 29-14 winners over Caribbean champions Bermuda in Asunción.

Their reward is another play-off against Brazil, the side who finished bottom of the South American Championship earlier this year, on 27 October in Sao Paulo.

The winner of this one-off match will confirm their place in the 2013 edition of the South American Championship and battle with Chile and Uruguay for the right to face either Canada or USA in a shoot out for the Americas 2 berth to RWC 2015.

Paraguay, who had swept all before them earlier in the month to win the South American B Championship in Venezuela, took the lead in the first minute with a penalty by wing Vicente Amigo.

The score remained that way until David Pringle crossed for the visitors, capitalising on their man advantage with Paraguay number 8 Felix Zarate in the sin-bin.

This lead, though, lasted only three minutes before second row Andres Nasser touched down to give Paraguay an advantage they would not surrender again.

Amigo’s second penalty send Paraguay in 11-7 ahead at half time at the Club Universitario de Asuncion, and within minutes of the restart that lead had grown after Nasser scored his second try.

Scrum half Gonzalo Bareiro and second row José Lezcano also crossed for tries before Bermuda, who battled bravely to the end, had the final say with a consolation try through wing Andre Landy.