Houston SaberCats 8 – RUNY 35
This tuned out to be a return to form for RUNY in what was a clinical performance as they finished most given opportunities. RUNY started off on the front foot from the very start when on the second minute winger come center Mark O’Keefe read and intercepted a SaberCats pass and fed to Marsh who launched a terrific kick in a great area to put the pressure on the Cats defence.
The SaberCats had periods during the game in which they showed some good continuity with Connor Murphy pulling the strings at scrum half however they were just not clinical enough in the final section of the field to convert their pressure to scores.
RUNY will be concerned that Cathal Marsh went off injured as he has shown great form in the opening four games of the season but they will certainly take solace in yet another good performance from Ben Foden. New acquisition James Denise also looks to have settled in well while Ross Deacon and Dylan Fawsitt put in good shifts in what was a good collective performance by the RUNY forwards.
RUNY claimed their first bonus point of the season to move to 5th position with a game in hand. The SaberCats remain in 8th position on 6 points. See the full match report.
Glendale Raptors 22 – Toronto Arrows 0
The first of two games to go ahead this weekend despite significant snow fall proved to be a cracker of a game. Toronto had a convincing win the week previous over Houston and were going into this game high on confidence especially seeing as Glendale were so slow out of the blocks last week against Utah. However – This league has proven to be two things; highly competitive and very unpredictable.
Glendale’s back 3 will always command respect regardless of the opposition and this game was no exception. Glendale’s full-back Dylan Taikato-Simpson (DTS) once again proved to be the star of the show and grabbed 2 tries to help the Raptors to a very convincing 22-0 win over Toronto.
Utah Warriors 19 – NOLA Gold 21
The Warriors and NOLA Gold also faced off in the snow, despite a delayed kick off. With NOLA Gold having a week off and Utah probably being more used to the conditions, Utah inevitably started the stronger with a try within the opening 5 minutes and again on the 25th minute.
NOLA Gold new man Nicholas Feakes replied in his own right by grabbing a hat-trick of tries with NOLA Gold winning the game 21-19 and regained the top spot on the league table.