MLR Week 7 Preview

Joe Pietersen

Utah Warriors Vs RUNY

RUNY are on the road again this week with Utah being their final stretch of home games before their first home game of the season next week. While having a home game will no doubt be welcomed by the New Yorkers, they have not faired too badly on the road with 3 wins from four.

Cathal Marsh went off injured last week against the SaberCats but this now looks to have been a precaution as he is included in the starting lineup. Ben Foden also looks to be finding his way back to his best form since the opening games of the season.

The Warriors on the other hand have had a mixed season so far with just one win out of four. They have had decent performances in patches of games, most notably against league leaders NOLA Gold last week but it is the consistency to perform over a prolonged period of time that has been missing for them so far.

Prediction: Rugby United New York.

Glendale Raptors Vs Austin Elite Rugby

Glendale play Austin Elite for the second time this season, this time being the hosts. The previous time the pair met was in week 4 with the Raptors winning and showing their class in the backline through Harley Davidson and outhalf Malifa also bagging a try.

Austin have yet to get off the mark this season and have suffered five consecutive losses. Austin will be looking to try and make amends following a heavy defeat to high fliers San Diego and may well be targeting this game to kick start their season in what could be a tight affair.

Prediction: Glendale Raptors.

Seattle Seawolves Vs Houston SaberCats

The Seawolves return to action this week fresh after a week off. Seattle’s last outing saw them beat RUNY in a terrific display from Seattle’s back three and in particular winger Brock Staller who is the league’s top points scorer. The Seawolves look a serious threat on the counter attack with live wire fullback Matt Turner willing to run from almost any position on the field.

Seattle RUNY
Photo: Rod Mar

Houston last week lost to RUNY resulting in their third loss in a row. The SaberCats have been unfortunate as they have lost some key players to international involvement in the Americas Rugby Championship. In the international players absence, the SaberCats will be looking to Josua Vici and Osea Kolinisau who have both been performing well of late.

Prediction: Seattle Seawolves.

San Diego Legion Vs Toronto Arrows

Toronto travel to San Diego this week and will be much the happier for doing so having played in one of the two snow filled games last week. The Arrows suffered a heavy 22-0 loss to Glendale in what was their 3rd loss of the season. Toronto have had an up and down season so far. The positive is the consistent good performances of players like Sam Malcolm and Guiseppe Du Toit however their consistency as a team is lacking.

San Diego on the other hand have been all about consistency. Apart from an opening week loss to RUNY, San Diego have won all of their games and for the most part in convincing fashion.

Joe Pietersen has been immense this season and has proven to be an invaluable singing for the Legion. Pietersen’s kicking has been fantastically consistent while his control of the game and play in general have given San Diego a fantastic platform to play quick and expansive rugby.

Joe Pietersen
Photo: V.Rappleyea

San Diego will look for more of the same this weekend against Toronto to get the win and go top of the table.

Prediction: San Diego Legion.

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