|The locals responded well|
in São José dos Campos
São José is certainly leading the way and the city was rewarded with the rights of hosting the first of two test matches this week against Mexico. The city delivered very well as the public were out in force getting behind the Brazilian national men´s team on a night in which the rugby God´s were also in support as the weather was far friendlier than is traditional with a mild April night by Brazilian standards allowing the players much greater comfort than is the norm. They gladly accepted and delivered a highly entertaining match with Brazil coming out on top as the clear winners after having been in control of the scoreboard throughout the match. Brazil´s seven tries were scored by six players including Matheus Sampaio Silva (Ilhabela), Nelson Oliveira (São José), Eddy Pecapedra (Desterro) while Diego Lopes (Pasteur) and Leonardo Frota (São José) scored two each. Six of the seven tries were converted by flyhalf Leonardo Castiglione (SPAC) who also kicked one penalty goal.
The opportunity of Brazil hosting a test match is very rare and doing so against a team from outside of South America is even rarer. But tonight match should hopefully go a long way to seeing Brazil recieving extra aid from the IRB to enable it to host matches of this kind with more regularity. More matches are urgently required and with Brazil set to face Chile and Uruguay for a chance of advancing to the final round of Americas Rugby World Cup Qualification tonight´s match against Mexico was one not taken lightly by the home side of the supporters. The second test will be played on Saturday in the city of Sante André in Greater São Paulo, or in São Paulo ABC as it is known in Brazil.