Jul 28, 2017
Sao Paulo Sarries win on Taça Tupi debut
Sao Paulo Sarries overcame a hard first half to claim victory in the first round of the Brazilian championship.
The long road towards Brazilian elite in 2018 took off with a winning start for Band Saracens, who claimed the victory agains Pe Vermelho in Londrina, 34-20.
The Sarries met a very motivated opponent who scored a penalty in the first minutes and kept a close margin on the scoreboard during the entire first half.
Leandro “Cavalo” and João Carozi crossed the white-wash and Erick Iglesias added two conversions and a penalty to put Saracens in the lead by only two points after the first forty minutes.
On the second half however, Pe Vermelho weren’t able to keep at the same pace and a more focused and relaxed Saracens, recovered from the 6-hour bus trip prior to the match and imposed their game plan on the home team with Leandro, Pablo and Paganini adding more tries to the tally.
Pe Vermelho scored a late try on the last minutes of the match, not enough to reverse the advantage and Sao Paulo Saracens secured a much deserved win.
After the first round, the side leads group A, tied with Templarios with 5 points.
Sao Paulo Saracens will meet Rio Branco on August 12th.