Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
by Ted Hardy, Editor, Rugby America
Week 4 of the USA Rugby Super League is about to kick off and the stakes continue to get higher and higher. There are five games on the schedule this weekend, four of which should be closely fought battles.
San Francisco Golden Gate (2-0) at Old Puget Sound Beach (2-0) – This is the biggest game on the RSL schedule this weekend. The 2010 RSL Runner-up SFGG travels to Seattle to take on the resurgent OPSB. After years of building from within, while struggling near the bottom of the RSL standings, the work is paying off for the Pacific Northwest squad. They reached the RSL playoffs last season, won a 7’s title, and are now a legitimate contender. SFGG is still the team to beat in the Red Conference, so this game is very important to both teams.
Denver Barbarians (0-2) at Dallas Harlequins (0-3) – After starting off the season with two losses, the Denver Barbarians should get in the win column this weekend against the Harlequins. Traditionally a tough team to play at home, Dallas has leaked tries at home or away this season.
Boston Rugby (1-1) at Chicago Lions (2-0) – This is the biggest game of three good ones on the Blue Conference slate. The Lions are off to a great start this season and need to keep the momentum. They face a solid Boston squad that can ill afford another loss if they plan to make the playoffs.
Life University (2-0) at Chicago Griffins (0-2) – At first glance, one might not think much of this game. Life, the team to beat in the East, is playing against the winless Chicago Griffins. If you did, then you would be wrong. Very wrong. The Griffins are unlucky not have a win and they’re playing at home in typical April weather in the Midwest which should lead to a battle of the forwards. This will be an old school battle between two good teams.
Old Blue New York (0-2) @ New York Athletic Club (1-1) – The final Blue Conference game is between old foes Old Blue and NYAC. This is one of those games where you can throw out the records. These two teams traditionally play each other very tough and this weekend should be more of the same. NYAC is stinging from a loss last weekend to Life in a game that was closer than the scoreboard indicated. Old Blue will do their best to play spoiler and take home NYC bragging rights.
This weekend marks the halfway point in the very RSL regular season. A few teams have already been eliminated from any hopes of reaching the playoffs. Depending on how the results go this weekend, a couple more could have the same fate.
Stay tuned to Rugby America for results and reactions from Week 4 of the Super League season.