Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Looksee Upcoming MLR, ARC, 6Nats

If you're thinking, "whoa, World of Rugby!" you'd be correct, but just you wait until next when Super Rugby ongoes! 

               Austin Elite (1) v (10) Toronto Arrows in Texas: Elite have begun their 2019 campaign with two home losses and reside in the basement; they’ve the opportunity to reverse those fortunes Friday when they host the Canadian franchise that sit right above them; Austin open the season with five home fixtures, they’ve dropped two thus far and would surely like to emerge from those handful of matches with a winning record; that must happen come the Friday or they risk having their 2019 go away early; Arrows would see that bon voyage happen;
               San Diego Legion (5) v (4) Houston SabreCats in SoCal: homeboys rebounded from their opening loss to newbie NY United with a tidy win over reigning champs Seattle last week and will look to continue in that manner Saturday; ‘Cats were off on the bye last weekend, but one may rest assured any indiscipline demonstrated by San Diego will be summarily punished by the precision sticksplitting capabilities of Houston’s 10, Sam Windsor, as that standoff did opening day in Austin;

               NOLA Gold (10) v (5) Seattle SeaWolves in Louisiana: travelers, fresh off last weekend’s loss at San Diego, will look to straighten their run on Sunday but it’ll not be easy as former Glendale star, Taylor Howden, JP Eloff and the Gold are fairly shimmering just now; Narlins are the early news this season and are counting nearly 40-points-per-match, while ‘Wolves have allowed less than half that amount in their brace of contests; Will visitors be able to contain their hosts explosive offense? Will homeys be able to break the resilient Seattle line and roll up trys? These and others will be revealed during this, the Match of Weekend
Glendale Raptors, NY United, Utah Warriors on byes

               Argentina XV (5) v (5) USA Eagles at Rio Negro: early in the tournament, one might think, for a crucial, must-win tie but there you have it; Saturday’s victor at Estadio Marabunta should top the leader board and will surely be odds-on favorites for the trophy in March; pre-USA 2017, 18 championships, Argentine XV brought home every other ARC title; Eagles opened their account last weekend in Chile demonstrably, as did the Argentines v Brasil; abso Match of Weekend, possibly the tournament;
            Brasil (0) v (1) Canada in Sao Paolo: the North Americans will be unhappy with last weekend’s last gasp loss, while Tupis will be smarting from their tumping at the hands of Argentina XV; this should be a wide-open, high-scoring affair weather dependent... with a week’s worth of rain the ground could be a tad greasy, but forecast now-now indicates a break on Saturday, the RugbyDay;
               Uruguay (4) v (0) Chile at Montevideo: Uruguay are RWC-bound with a formidable pack and lively three-quarters line; Chile will be re-structuring areas of deficit discovered in last weekend’s hiding by the Eagles; home XV should come out of this one in good shape

Six Nations

          Scotland (5) v (0) Ireland at Murrayfield: home team were on fire last outing and look to keep that conflagration raging; if you didn’t know Blair Kinghorn’s name afore, bet you do now; Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw may be playing the best rugby of their lives and if the anticipation of Laidlaw-Russell v Conor Murray-Jonathan Sexton halfbacks confrontation doesnot set your mouth to watering, you need to hydrate; and speaking of moisture, it may very well be precipitation station in the Scots lair as on the RugbyDay, because, and this may surprise some, rain has been forecast and that will surely dictate a special style of play; it will be an abashed though extremely dangerous Ireland that come to Edinburgh on Saturday yet confused or no’, these are the boys that have taken down rugby’s current standard, New Zealand All Blacks, in their last two contests, while Scotland sent England packing 6Nats 2018; get your yelp and holler on for this is undoubtedly Match of Weekend;
          Italy (0) v (4)Wales at Stadio Olimpico: should visitors triumph this RugbyDay, which in all likelihood will happen, they’d be on track for their first title since 2013; Wales have England and Ireland in the Millennium down their 6Nats road and Scotland in Edinburgh Round 4; the Azzurri could see a breakout test by flyhalf Tommie Allen but failing that, the spectre of wood spoon suppage looms  large;
               England (5) v (1) France at Twickers: with the gloomy French display of unintended generosity last weekend one might wonder have Les Blues forgotten how to win; England were merciless in putting Ireland to the sword on the trot and return home deliriously Happy as a phone directory full of Larrys; travelers have the talent, head coach Jacques “petit cochon” Brunel just needs to affect that potential to kinesis; nobody performed poorly in England’s historic victory in Dublin last, so expect more of the same at the Stoop on the Sunday;


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