Sunday, February 3, 2019

ARC, MLR, 6 Nations Weekend WRaps

Weekend Rugby WRap: February 3, 2019

Americas Rugby Championship   -   Major League   -   Six Nations  


United States began its defense of the 2018 title v Chile at Santiago’s Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo with impressive form, grounding 11 trys in a 71-8 rout of host Los Condores. Both Glendale Raptors players, halfback Shaun Davies and breakaway forward Hanco Germishuys, scored in the Eagles opening gambit of the 5-match tourney. Flyhalf AJ MacGinty celebrated his return to international duty (from shoulder injury) with a hat trick of trys and the boys will trek across the Andes Mountains for a critical tie with Argentina XV in central Argentina next Saturday.

How good is Eagles hooker Joe Taufete’e? After a try yesterday, he drew level with fabled Irish #2, Keith Woods, on trys-scored with his 15th. Woods reached his zenith over the course of nine seasons, while the 26-years old Taufete’e has gotten that mark while yet working in his fifth year.

Canada fell at the death to Uruguay in Montevideo, 17-20,  and Argentina XV topped Brasil in Brasil, 54-3.

Canada are at Brasil next week, while Uruguay host Chile, sans their number one #9 who was assessed a red card for a tip-tackle in the Canada match.

MLR - By the Numbers:

5             points the visitors favorable margin at the break made 8 by the end of the day and Utah Warriors defeated Austin Elite in the Texas capital, 17-9; Warriors opened their 2019 campaign with trys by their breakaways, New Zealand-born Arawa Elkington and Hawaiian, Lance Williams, while goalkicking perfection was provided by Utah’s #12, Tim O’Malley, on 2 conversions and 1 penalty; Elite are now in the cellar, but they’re not alone, because...

9             point, 21-12, lead at the break was maintained by undefeated NOLA Gold in their 40-31 upending of Glendale Raptors in Louisiana;  15 off the tee from JP Eloff on 3-and-3 for homeboys; former Raptors halfback Taylor Howden grounded in the 5-try Gold effort, while Glendale’s Luke White and Will Munro dotted braces from their tight five positions;

            the measure of separation after ’80 in San Diego as reigning champs, Seattle SeaWolves went down at the hands of halfback Nick Boyer and San Diego Legion in Southern Cal, 13-17; both clubs sport identical 1-1-0 records right now;


Friday, February 8
               Austin Elite (1) v (2) Toronto Arrows in Texas: fortunes improve for whomever takes this one, else...

Saturday, February 9
               San Diego Legion (5) v (4) Houston SabreCats in SoCal: homeboys looking at two in a row and maybe a shot at the topspot;

Sunday, February 10
               NOLA Gold (10) v (5) Seattle SeaWolves: Match of Weekend: see how real it gets now-now

6 Nations:

Early birthday for Wales flyer George North on a pair of gifted trys, one from his opposite and the second on a blooper he poached to score after a 50-meter gallop and France presented their guests with overmuch whimsical opportunity and the Welsh accepted their great fortune gleefully in acquiring the first round result, 24-19, at a moist and well-chilled Stade de France on the Friday.

And talk about capitalizing opportunity: 22-years old Edinburgh flyer, Blair Kinghorn, given the start due injury to Saracens and Scotland wing, Sean Maitland, grounded a hat trick of trys at Murrayfield and Italy tasted defeat in the first round, 33-20; home side were ahead 33-3 before a trio of groundings  in the final 10 minutes by the Azzurri made the result.

And in the Match of Weekend, England knocked back 6Nats titleholder, Ireland, in Dublin 32-20; home team were four points adrift at 13-17 past the hour mark before the wheels went flying off through the brilliant efforts of England center, Henry Slade, who dotted a brace within 10 minutes to put the chop on the Irish neck.

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