Monday, April 15, 2019

Major League Rugby WRap: By the Numbers

4.13-4.14 By the Numbers

It’s either upcoming Round 10 (of 16), or upco Round 11 depending on when your club is on its schedule and that means either 6 or 7 fixtures remain and, were this a horse race, we’d be in the backstretch with Nola Gold leading by better than a length, followed by a quartet of close-chasers: Seattle, San Diego, Glendale and New York; then Toronto, Houston, Utah and Austin. The race is temporally staggered as NY, Toronto, Houston and Utah all have a match in hand the rest of the field, and the complexion of the race will change as games-played level and the competition switches up a notch in power and passion, becoming more of a hare-coursing, or better yet, wolfhound-and-wolf chase, current wolf being the XV from New Orleans, but if that squad is not sensing the ever-presence of the slavering bunch at its hind, it should.

Any case, 30 or 35 table points on offer still, depending. A table point accrual of mid to upper 50s could see extra time; 60s will surely earn a club a berth in the four-XVs that gain the playoff frame en route the 2019 MLR Championship.  

By the Numbers, On the Weekend
13          for NOLA Gold 10, JP Eloff, on 4 conversions and a touch down in the league leader’s 28-19 shelling of Utah Warriors in Marrero, Louisiana; former Glendale Raptors magician and Gold star, Taylor Howden, got a late touch down;

22           points by Seattle SeaWolves numbers guy, Brock Staller, on a big triple of: 4 conversions, 3 penalties and 1 try as 7-try ‘Wolves upended Houston SabreCats in Texas, 52-12;

7             the home team advantage after ’40 that could not be held as San Diego Legion recorded the important, 5-point road win over New York United on the East Coast, 29-19; hat trick of touch downs by United’s ageless 9, Mike Petri;

null        Toronto v Austin postponed due weather-related transit issues.

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