Monday, February 17, 2020

MLR, PRP Wraps

Major League Rugby - Round 2 - On the Weekend, By the Numbers

Three clubs undefeated after the second weekend of action. East newbie ATL and True North’s finest, Arrows, join the West’s Legion as the only clubs with unblemished records following rugby on the weekend. All clubs in the Eastern Conference with at minimum one joy, while three in the Western Conference, including reigning champs Seattle, unwon. Five home wins, though four of those happened in the City of Variable Fortunes, Las Vegas*.
All clubs in the East within a weekend’s win of one another and San Diego are a bonus-point victory ahead in the West.
All rookie franchises have at least one win.
Pay attention to the Warriors of the Western Slope for they are dauntless. In the young season, they’ve dropped a close contest to Eastern headboy, Rugby ATL on the road, then took down high-flying FreeJacks in their last effort. Utah is well-coached and its staff is well-appointed. The men on the field work as a unit to their mutually beneficial end in an expression of clear vision. Just sayin’...
Home Happy: DC Old Glory, Rugby United New York*, San Diego Legion*, Toronto Arrows*, Utah Warriors*
Road Warriors: Rugby ATL
By the Numbers:
5             trys for everybody, and 4-from-5 of those made seven, but differential counted early on with a pair of sticksplitters by Utah standoff, Kiwi born-German International-who played for Guinness Pro14 Glasgow, Hagen Schulte, and 39 - 33 the Warriors happiness at Sam Boyd in Vegas over FreeJacks;
5             for Mathieu Bastareaud to open the RUNY account and 15 for United 10, Cathal Marsh, on a grounding and 5 conversions in the 49 - 31 rout of Austin at Vegas;
17           in front at the half, 22-5, enough cushion to provide victory at the end of the day for Toronto Arrows over Houston SabreCats at the Sam Boyd in Vegas, 27 - 22;
17           , too, for DC Old Glory 10, New Zealander Jason Robertson, on a 2-1-2 triple and the MLR first timers notched their inaugural win at Catholic University, 28 - 22, over traveling current champs, Seattle;
5             for veteran campaigner, Ma’a Nonu, in the 29th to aid his Legion’s happy over  Raptors and San Diego went on to ground Colorado, 49 - 22, at the Boy-oi-oyd;
4             sticksplitters in the second stanza for South Africa playmaker, Kurt Coleman, sufficient to return ATL from 2 behind at the break, 5-7, for 22 - 10 victory and the Scott Lawrence-led franchise is undefeated yet in their inaugural season after the win over NOLA Gold.

UpComing the Mountains on the RugbyDay:
Colorado Raptors (0) v (5) NOLA Gold down the Kettle at Infinity, 4pm MST
Austin Gilgronis (1) v (5) Utah Warriors at Bold Stadium, 6pm MST

Pacific Rugby Premiership

Glendale Merlins, the region’s Division 1 side, dropped their second road match in succession to OMBAC in Vegas, 33 - 36, after taking an eight-point advantage into the sheds at break. The match will count as a home game for the Merls even though OMBAC’s home ground is about $452, 961.50 closer to Las Vegas than Glendale. Next up for the Merlins: on the trot at Belmont Shore next RugbyDay, February 22, 2pm MST.

Shore rocked reigning champs, Life West, 73 - 24, for their measure on the weekend.
(psst... hey you)
Soon Come

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