Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
Whew… busy week is almost over. I was hoping to do a preview of this weekend’s Collegiate Round of 16, but that got scrapped real fast.
Got a little bit of time, so I’m going to sneak in my weekly RSL Preview.
Did the road to the RSL title just get alot harder or what? The RSL Championship game, set to play May 30th, is now going to be played at Treasure Island, the home of 2009 RSL Champions San Francisco Golden Gate. It was going to be hard to pry the title away from SFGG as is and now it just got way tougher.
No time to waste, so let’s get at it.
Charlotte @ Boston
Right in the thick of the playoff hunt, Boston (2-2) nearly knocked of Life on the road last week. They’ll get a chance to bounce back this week as they take on Charlotte (1-2). Boston needs a win this week and gets a struggling team to do it against.
Prediction: Boston gets back on the winning track
New York Athletic Club @ Old Blue
The Battle for New York is on and it’s the best matchup in the Eastern Conference this weekend. Both teams are in the playoff hunt although NYAC (3-0) is clearly in a better position. With Life up next week, Old Blue (2-1) sure could use an upset over their cross-town rivals. NYAC boasts the second best defense in the RSL while Old Blue has had trouble putting points on the board. Still, it’s NYAC/Old Blue and the games are always tough.
Prediction: NYAC is too much for Old Blue to handle
Life @ Boston Irish-Wolfhounds
It’s been a tough season for the Irish-Wolfhounds (0-4), but they have played tough of late. To improve their chances, they are at home where they have palyed fairly well against tougher opponents. Life (3-0) needs to be careful not to look past Boston, but they are a well drilled squad so that shouldn’t be an issue.
Prediction: Life stays undefeated
Chicago Lions @ Old Mission Bay Athletic Club
Who would have thought it? Two storied RSL clubs going into Week 6 of the season without wins. Fortunately, one of them will pick up a win this weekend. Well, there is always a chance of a tie. Both teams are basically out of the playoff hunt, so they’re playing for pride from here on out.
Prediction: The Lions finally get in the win column this weekend
Chicago Griffins @ Denver
The big one on the Western Conferece slate pits two serious playoff contenders against one another. Both teams have identical 3-1 records with the Barbarians holding a slight edge in the points column. The winner of this game all but locks up their trip to the post-season.
Prediction: Denver comes away with a close victory
San Francisco Golden Gate @ Dallas Harlequins
It would be easy to just say that SFGG (3-0) is going to roll over the Harlequins (0-3) and be done with it. After all, SFGG has the top offense and defense in the RSL while things have not gone so well for Dallas this season. But, Dallas is always a tough customer at home and may have some surprises in store for SFGG.
Prediction: Who am I kidding? SFGG keeps on rolling
There you have it, another weekend of Super League action is upon us.
With most eyes focused on the Collegiate Playoffs, the RSL is flying in under the radar this weekend.