American Raptors Open Homestand with Clash Against Cobras Brasil

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When the American Raptors open up their six-match homestand against Cobras Brasil at Infinity Park on Sunday afternoon, they will do so under a new direction as Mose Timoteo has taken over the head coaching reins for the remainder of the 2024 Super Rugby Americas season.

The biggest splash Timoteo could make in his head coaching debut for the Raptors would be a victory over Cobras Brasil. 

Cobras Brasil is a team that the Raptors had some success against in 2023. The Raptors narrowly fell to Cobras 43-40 in their Round 7 meeting at Infinity Park but avenged that loss with a 38-34 Round 14 victory over the Brazilian side in São Paulo to close out the season. 

While the season finale didn’t have an impact on the 2023 playoff race, it did not lack significance. The Raptors and Cobras were fighting to avoid finishing in last place. It was the Raptors who won the match and avoided holding the wooden spoon. 

The Raptors enter Sunday’s match hungry for a win. After a tough three-match road trip that produced a 0-3 record, a return to the friendly confines of Infinity Park following a bye week is a welcome sight.

Cobras Brasil came out of the gates hot to start the 2024 SRA season. They stunned Peñarol – the back-to-back Super Rugby Americas champions – with a 15-13 victory in Round 1 but find themselves in the middle of a three-match slide since. They’ve dropped matches to Dogos XV, Selknam, and Yacare, and are looking to end the skid against a Raptors side that remains the only team in the competition without a win or a table point.

Neither the Raptors nor Cobras have been able to light up the scoreboard yet in 2024. Cobras has managed six tries and 48 total points through four matches while the Raptors have managed four tries and 32 total points through three matches. An area that might spurn the Raptors on Sunday afternoon is the cards. The Raptors- along with four other franchises – have totaled five yellow cards to this point in the season. The team with the least number of cards is Cobras Brasil, who has only received two yellows through four matches.

One change that Timoteo is looking to implement ahead of Sunday’s match is playing with pace. 

“We want to play a little bit of a quicker game,” Timoteo said of what he wants to see moving forward. “Just to push the tempo just a little bit.”

The Raptors and Cobras Brasil will face off at Infinity Park on Sunday, March 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 PM MT. Tickets can be purchased here. Fans who can’t make it to the match can watch the action live on ESPN+.

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