Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
by Ted Hardy
The USA Rugby Super League closes out their regular season this weekend with a full slate of games on the schedule. While the playoff participants have already been decided, there are still a couple key games on the slate.
Starting off in the Blue Conference, there is still one very important game left.
Life (5-0) at Boston (4-1) – Both teams already have secured their place in the playoffs, but this game still has playoff ramifications. The winner gets home field advantage for their first playoff game which is massively important in the league such as the RSL. Life won the first game between the two teams, but Boston has been on a roll since that first game. This is going to be a great game between two legitimate championship contenders.
New York Athletic Club (2-3) at Old Blue (0-5) – Throw out the records for this game. These two old rivals leave everything on the field and this weekend is no different even though they are both out of the playoff contention. Old Blue needs a win to avoid their first winless RSL season in team history. Standing in the way is NYAC who needs a win to get back to .500.
Chicago Griffins (1-4) at Chicago Lions (3-2) – If you like the rivalry games, then the Blue Conference has another one for you. The way the schedule stacked this season gave home/away games to some of the closest rivalries in the competition. The Lions can finish their season on a high note with another win over Griffins. The Griffins record looks ugly, but they have played tough all season.
Two games remain in the West Conference with little left, save for pride, for which to play.
Dallas Harlequins (0-5) at San Francisco Golden Gate (5-0) – Teams at polar opposites of the RSL spectrum. The Harlequin’s miserable season comes to a fitting end on the road against SFGG. Dallas is surrendering more than 70 point per game and SFGG should have no problem reaching that number.
Utah Warriors (2-3) at Old Puget Sound Beach (4-1) – These two teams wrapped up in a tight affair in Utah a few weeks back amidst nasty weather conditions. The forecast is calling for a clear and crisp day in the Pacific Northwest, so both teams should have a better platform in which to play rugby.
After this weekend, the playoff teams get a bye week to heal their wounds. Then the remaining four teams will pair off for the semifinals and championship of the 2011 Super League season.