Sunday, August 14, 2011

Brazilian Rugby Championship - Round 2 Results

Round two of the Super 10 was played on Saturday afternoon with four matches taking place in the country. The competition is divided into two groups - the yellow group and the green group. With five teams in each group there are two teams recieveing a bye every round. The competition was expanded this year from eight to ten teams and involves virtually all of Brazil´s international players.

In the yellow group, tournament favorites, São José Rugby traveled to Rio de Janeiro state to take on Niteroí who had a bye in the first round. The home side were outplayed as São José underlined why it is regarded as the best Brazilian club on and off the field. The star for São José was Lucas Duque (Tanque), who backed up his two tries for the South American XV vs Argentina last weekend with a 20 point haul as he kicked six penalties and a conversion. Brazilian international winger, Daniel Gregg scored the only points of the afternoon for Niteroí as he kicked a secondhalf penalty while the games only try was scored by Lombardi of São José. The visitors won the match 25-3. Meanwhile in the Southern most Brazilian state, Rio Grande do Sul Farrapos hosted the former top team in Brazilian rugby, Rio Branco of São Paulo at the Estádio da Montanha in Bento Gonçalves. The game was an even contest, with Farrapos leading 12-10 after scoring a converted try early in the secondhalf. Farrapos were unable to score further points, however, as they lost scrumhalf, Lokko, to a red card in the eighth minute of the secondhalf. Two Rio Branco players were yellowcarded as well as one Farrapos player which meant both teams had 13 players for ten minutes while Farrapos would play 32 minutes with 14 players. Rio Branco were able to break clear with players missing as outaside centre, Samir Trad scored a try in the 54th minute of the match. When his centre partner, Daniel Aiex, scored eleven minutes latter Rio Branco went eight points clear to win the match and deny Farrapos a bonus point.

In the green group Bandeirantes of São Paulo travelled to Southern Brazil also, to take on Desterro in the surfing city of Florianópolis in Santa Catarina State. Bandeirantes shot off to a fifteen point lead midway through the first half as the team ran in three unconverted tries. Desterro fought back with two tries of their own to make it 15-10 to Bandeirantes at the interval in a match lacking quality goalkickers. bandeirantes ended the game as a contest shortly after the break as they scored three tries, two of which were converted to go ahead 34-10 with twenty-eight minutes left on the clock. Matters were not made easier for Desterro as the teams fullback was yellowcarded in the 55th minute and a second player in the 74th minute. But the side, nevertheless, showed spirit in fighting hard to score a secondhalf try in the 71st minute as they went down 34-15 at the Campo das Dunas. Bandeirantes of São Paulo, despite only playing one match, are joined leaders of the group with UniBrasil/CRC of Curitiba after UniBrasil/CRC won the other match of the round in defeating Belo Horizonte 37-25 in Curitiba, Paraná. Belo Horizonte started well and were leading 10-0 after ten minutes of play but the homeside fought back strongly to take a 15-13 halftime lead. UniBrasil/CRC then scored four unanswered tries to go open up a 27-13 lead with 15 minutes left on the clock. Belo Horizonte, finished as they started, with two tries late in the game but were unable to pick up a bonus point.


Yellow Group

1 São José Rugby, 9 points
2 Rio Branco, 8 points
3 SPAC, 1 points
4 Niteroí, 0 points
5 Farrapos, 0 points

Green Group

1 UniBrasil/CRC, 5 points
2 Bandeirantes, 5 points
3 Desterro, 5 points
4 Pasteur, 4 points
5 Belo Horizonte, 1 points

Round three will be played on August 20th with four matches taking place. Bandeirantes will host UniBrasil/CRC in a top of the table clash in the Green Group while Pasteur will host Belo Horizonte, also in São Paulo. Desterro have the bye in round three. The leaders of the Yellow Group, São José Rugby, will have the bye in their group while Rio Branco will host Niteroí in São Paulo and Farrapos will host SPAC in Bento Gonçalves.

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