São José and Bandeirantes qualify for Brazilian Final
Pasteur fans at Embu das Artes, São Paulo
Should Argentina host Rugby World Cup 2023 it would be no exaggeration to say that it would significantly aid the development of rugby in the region. Such has been the spin-offs for Latin American rugby in the years following Argentina´s rise to becoming a global power that the sport has gone from being a largely unknown sport to now encompass national competitions throughout the region. In Brazil the countries national competition, the Campeonato Brasileiro de Rugby was expanded this year and renamed the Super 10. The competition succeeded in being the biggest of all time in the country and this pastr weekend it saw both Semi Finals not only broadcast on television, but broadcast live. The 2010 Champions and the dominant force in Brazilian rugby, São José faced off rivals SPAC in the first of two semi finals at the Embu das Artes stadium in São Paulo. São José have been invinsible in recent years and their run is set to continue as the team from the city of São José dos Campos defeated SPAC 17-12. It was not easy, however, as the only try of the match came late in the secondhalf and São José had to mount a comeback after being down 6-0 in the first half.
São José (in red) holding off a SPAC (in blue) attack
São José will meet another club from São Paulo, Bandeirantes in the Super 10 Final this coming Saturday after the club of former Italian second division professional player, Fernando Portugal, defeated São Paulo´s French club, Pasteur after holding off a late flurry in the second Semi Final. The match was played immediately after the completion of the first Semi Final and was also broadcast live on Sportv in Brazil. There was a minute of silence before the start of the match to pay tribute to one of Pasteur´s biggest contributors, Guedão who past away on October 20. The match also featured a Rugby World Cup player with João Uva who played for Potrugal at France 2007 in attendance. Like the first Semi Final, the second was incredibly close with well organized defensive lines. Bandeirantes powered to a 20-6 lead before Pasteur started to fight back well midway through the second half. The French club almost went over in the 63rd minute but came up short. The team persisted and eventually went over but it was too late as the lead was narrowed to 20-13 in the final minutes of the contest. Pasteur tried to score again but they had left it too late.
The Grand Final will be a repeat of the 2010 Final with Bandeirantes out to end the domination of São José. Many players from the Semi Finals will play for Brazil in the upcoming Emirates Airlines Cup Of Nations, to be played in Dubai from December 10-16. The groundbreaking tournament will see Brazil face Hong Kong, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in full internationals with IRB World Rankings on the line. Boa Sorte Brasil!