Thursday, March 7, 2019

Major League Rugby - Upcoming the Weekend: 3.8-10

Major League Rugby North America: pre 3.8-3.10

If 2019 Major League Rugby was a horserace, the thoroughbreds would be just into or entering the backstretch  right now-now. The jockeys, that would be the head coaches, have an idea of their competitors’ expressions as the field develops and are implementing modifications on the move that will ensure their mob’s best run. 
Neither New York nor Toronto have hosted a fixture thus far, and they’re more or less centrally located in the pack with the former on three road wins and the latter on a brace of victories. 
League-leading NOLA find the way to win.
Brace of West Coast fixtures and the Rocky Mountain clubs will do their thing once again.

Upcomes the Weekend:

Friday, 3.8:        
               Utah Warriors (7) v (13) New York United at Zions Bank in Herriman UT, 7pm MST: pretty much a must-have for the home XV as they’ll want to get into double-digit, table-point place setting so as not to lose sight of the pack and to do so requires victory today; these are two of the better defensive clubs, so whichever sorts the linebreaks and offloads best and most effectively should win out; these are the clubs that have a match in hand the rest of the table, so the result is critical to their seat at table; Warriors NZ-born 10, Tim O’Malley, will be pulling the strings behind the capably forceful Utah forwards and his oppo number, Big Apple’s standoff, Irishman Cathal Marsh will be orchestrating maneuvers for the travelers; Warriors and Park City Haggis forward, John Cullen, doing good things at an impressive rate; 
Marsh is about distribution and tactical boots, while Warriors flyhalf, O’Malley, can punch through to space himself or set up his mates with equanimity and skill; figure wet, cold and wind pre-match, and a good chance of more of the same thereafter to slicken the pig and fuddle the paddies should one lose focus even for an instant; Match-of-Weekend;

Saturday, 3.9:
               Glendale Raptors (15) v (2) Austin Elite in the Kettle at Infinity, Glendale CO, 7pm MST: first road trip for the Texans, who seek their initial joy; Elite lead the competition in penalties-conceded and that’ll have to cease as Raptors numbers guy, Robbie Petzer, is sure to exact three-point levy, as is his wont and warrant; Austin 10, Tim Guillimin, can keep his XV in the match with both tactical- and points-strikes; Glendale has two of the top try-scoring three-quarters in John Ryberg and Harley Davidson, and it’ll be the visitors task to keep that brace of flyers grounded; it’ll be chill in the upper 30s with a bit of a northwest wind, but mercifully, no precipitation this RugbyDay night;

Sunday, 3.10 :   
               Seattle SeaWolves (16) v (6) Houston SabreCats at Starfire in Tukwila WA, 6pm MST: league-leading points-scorer, Brock Staller, and company could be looking at the bonus point here; after a promising beginning to their season, ‘Cats are on three straight losses, last two at home, and by ever increasing margins; home team is doing what champions do - after a pair of losses in February, they returned from deficits in their next two games for victories led by fast man Staller; 50 at kickoff, no wind, no rain forecast, so fair perfect;

               San Diego Legion (18) v (12) Toronto Arrows at Torero Stadium in San Diego CA, 8:30pm MST: both clubs have potent offenses, but homeys got the defense and if they’re able to contain their guests on this day, could be a lengthy ’80 for travelers; nearly half of San Diego’s groundings have come through the efforts of 10, Joe Pietersen, or in the midfield from five-eighths, JP Du Plessis, so line breaks all along the three-quarters likely for the Southern Californians; temps in the 50s with an out side chance of rain and minimal wind on the pitch for the weekend’s closer.

NOLA Gold on the bye

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