Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
I was planning on putting together another stat piece like I did last week, but there are still three RSL matches from last weekend that do not have box scores submitted. Either that or they have been submitted and the RSL website is dragging their feet posting them. So, I’m just going to do an abbreviated one.
Week 4 Total Points: 404
Average per Match: 44.9
Home Team Record: 5-4
The total points was just shy of last weeks total, so the points are still getting on the board at a solid rate. The “Home Team Advantage”… well, it really isn’t one. The Home Team’s record in Week 4 was 5-4 and is now at 14-12-1 on the season.
The conversion rate is one of the biggest reasons that I wanted full stats from this weekend. In the six matches that have box scores reported, only 18 of 40 tries were converted for a conversion rate of 45%. Even lower than last week. The best rates of the week go to Charlotte who converted 5 of 7 (71%) and Belmont Shore who hit 3 of 4 (75%) on their conversions.
We’ll, I said I’d make USA Rugby Super League predictions for this coming week. So, here goes… for better or worse.
RSL Week 5 Predictions
OMBAC @ PAC: It’s a long trip for OMBAC, but I expect them to come out on top.
SFGG @ Chicago Lions: My pick for Match of the Week. Lions, in a close battle.
Old Puget @ Charlotte: This could be the “trap” match of the week, but I think Charlotte will keep their momentum going and win.
NYAC @ Old Blue: NYAC should add to Old Blue’s woes this season.
Dallas @ Santa Monica: Santa Monica wins to keep pace at the top of the Red Conference.
Washington @ Denver: Denver wins in a rout.
St. Louis @ Boston Irish Wolfhounds: Another week, another close loss for St. Louis. Wolfhounds stay in the playoff hunt with the win.
Boston @ Philly-Whitemarsh: Boston will pick up the win and their first bonus points of the season.
Chicago Griffins @ Belmont Shore: Two clubs coming off big wins over tough opposition. Belmont is hitting stride and they’re at home to boot. Belmont by more than you’d think.
Best of luck to eveyone this weekend.