Monday, April 29, 2019

Major League Rugby WRap: 4.29

4.26-4.28: By the Numbers
home wins @ Glendale, Toronto, Utah
road win by San Diego

4 or 5 fixtures remain: 20 or 25 potential table points to be won
accumulations in the 50s should see extra time; 60+ would ensure it

With three of the top four clubs losing on the weekend not so much a re-shuffle as a tightening of the spaces separating those playoff hopefuls at the front of the table and a new headboy.

Down at the track, San Diego have overtaken NOLA, who remain on their shoulder and Gold have a match in hand; followed by a trio of close chasers: Seattle, New York, and Glendale with United having a match in hand; Toronto are making their move and with five remaining on their schedule they could pull a Castres* and catch extra time.

By the Numbers, On the Weekend

3             the New York lead over hosts, Glendale, near time in the match when a 79th minute try by midfielder Chad London and its conversion by Will Magie made for Raptors joy at 20-16;

5             trys for Utah Warriors, all converted by 10, Tim O’Malley, and Warriors routed Austin Elite in the Rockies, 35-19; double for flyer, Fetu’u Vainikolo,in victory;

5             also the table points haul for Toronto Arrows, who turned back Seattle SeaWolves in a chilled York Alumni Stadium, 29-7; 8-0 for the home team at the half before Arrows out-tryed ‘Wolves 3:1 in the last half for the record;

6             try San Diego Legion accomplished the goal of replacing idle Gold at the head of the table after topping Houston in Texas, 40-19; 13 for travelers 10, Joe Pietersen, on 4 conversions and 1 try;

NOLA Gold on the bye

* Castres made it into the knockouts by claiming 6th place in Top 14 on the last day of the season, then against all odds with naught but their own self-belief and the somewhat incongruous halfback set of southern hemisphereans Rory Kockott and Ben Urdapilleta, the XV from the little French town (less than half the population of Boulder) in the southern part of the country; Castres is much closer to the Mediterranean than the Bay of Biscay, but within an easy day’s drive of that western inlet of the Atlantic.


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