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Dias seizes the day in Brasil Grand Closing

Lightning 20-year-old Ana Júia Dias did wonders for her probabilities of Rugby League World Cup choice, scoring three tries as Melina defeated Vitória 50-4 within the grand remaining of Brasil’s girls’s competitors on Saturday.

The final crew to appoint for this 12 months’s championship, Melina completed their maiden marketing campaign undefeated, bringing elation to their distant hometown of Cuiabá, the westernmost metropolis to at the moment play rugby league in Brasil.

An expert squad that lives on-site at a sprawling membership headquarters and has around-the-clock entry to well being and health employees and gear, Melina led 28-4 at halftime on the venue for the decider, Parque das Águas in São Lourenço.

Speedster Dias timed her run completely in additional methods than one, accumulating a hat-trick of tries within the large sport, putting her title in a outstanding place for inclusion in Brasi’s remaining World Cup squad.

Head coach Paul Grundy is dealing with a range headache, with a bevy of out of doors backs all taking part in to an analogous degree in qualifying video games, resulting in him delaying announcement of a 40-woman prolonged squad (to be trimmed to 24 for the World Cup).

Dias, who relocated 2000 kilometres from her hometown of Blumenau within the southern state of Santa Catarina for a chance to play with Melina, confirmed the advantages of a week-long nationwide high-performance camp with Grundy main into the ultimate.

She was not the one star nevertheless and ahead Franciny Amaral was once more a standout, following her personal three-try efficiency within the semi-finals in opposition to Remendadas with one other lead-from-the-front effort.

Likewise, multi-skilled ahead Taina Amorim backed up her 17 factors from the semi-final with an additional 12 factors, giving her 51 factors in her previous 5 video games.

Coastal crew Vitória, which had additionally assembled a star-studded squad drawn from throughout Brasil, was not embarrassed regardless of the ultimate scoreline, competing effectively in the midst of the sector, however uncovered by Melina’s efficiency in assault near the tryline.

Former nationwide Rugby Sevens participant Bruna Lotufo scored a first-half attempt to maintain the Rhinos within the contest, whereas halfback Cintia Corona and explosive utility Suzana Rodrigues had been others to shine.

Vitória stalwart Lorena Damasceno endured a tragic week, together with her aunt declared lacking on Could 15 and a public attraction launched. The Rhinos obtained information after the ultimate that her physique had been discovered.

Brasil Rugby League extends its deepest sympathies to the Damasceno household and all these affected.


Saturday, Could 22, 2021

Parque Das Águas, São Lourenço, Minas Gerais

MELINA 50 (Ana Julia Dias 3, Ellen Trinidade 2, Patricia Carvalho, Franciny Amaral, Maria Eduarda Oliveira, Gildete dos Santos tries; Taina Amorim 6 targets) def VITORIA 4 (Bruna Lotufo strive).

Referee: Daniel Chiovetti.

Contact Judges: Brendon Saimon, Romulo Soler.

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