|São José (red) v Pasteur (Blue) in São Paulo.|
This past weekend was Semi Final time in Brazil. The country´s major competition, the Super 10 saw the top four teams from the regular season play in two Semi Finals matches. Like 2011 Both matches were played at Embu das Artes Stadium in São Paulo and also like 2011 both games were broadcast live on pay television in Brazil. Viewers could watch live coverage of the matches on Sportv.
The first Semi Final was played on Saturday between São Paulo Athletic Club (SPAC) and Desterro from Florianopolis in the southern stae of Santa Catarina. SPAC had the better of play for virtually the entire match but Desterro was nevertheless in with a chance throughout. Brazilian test scrumhalf, Alemão, scored the first try for SPAC and Caiçara was the other try scorer. Desterro´s try was a penalty try. The final score of 14-7 meant it would be an all São Paulo final due to Sunday´s Semi Final being contested between two São Paulo clubs.
It was a battle of the traditional French club and the country´s strongest side. Pasteur has a French name and plays in French colors. The club has a long tradition and is packed with Brazilian test players. São José, however, has more test players than any other and has become Brazil´s best team over the past two decades. It is from São José dos Campos, 90KM northeast of São Paulo city. The clubs organization is superior to all others in the country with the City Hall providing extensive support for the sport. São José are always favorites agaisnt anybody in Brazil but Pasteur had won the 2012 Copa Paulista after defeating São José. This made is a highly attractive match but São José was too strong scoring the games two only tries in a 19-6 victory.
Pasteur v São José