Crazy Second Half, but RUNY Improves to 3-1
NEW YORK BEATS HOUSTON 31-23
RUNY’s strong first half performance propelled the Roosters to their third consecutive win.
Rugby United New York (3-1) beat the Houston Sabercats (1-3) by eight points on Sunday night, shooting the Roosters up the Major League Rugby standings into third place overall, and second in the Eastern Conference.
RUNY came out strong, having the advantage in both possession and field territory early on in the game. Finally, after fifteen minutes of applied pressure, RUNY got a line out close to the Sabercats 5 meter line. They did what RUNY does best- win their own line out, get to the ground, and drive over the line. After the dust settled, it was revealed captain Dylan Fawsitt ended up dotting down the try.
Not long after that, only three of four minutes, RUNY’s score of the day happened. RUNY was attacking 20 meters out, and Petri spun the ball out to Marsh. The Irish playmaker found Basta running off his hip, and although two Sabercats attempted to tackle the French superstar, he was able to get his hands free. The offload found the Butcher, and after spinning out of one tackle, he offloaded to Chris Mattina running at full pace. The inside center had some work to do, but manage to get over RUNY’s second try.
Ten minutes before half time, Paddy Ryan bullied his way in for the Roosters’ third try. He picked the ball up from the base of a ruck only a few meters away and no one was going to stop him. The momentum was firmly in New York’s favor heading into half time. Sam Windsor managed one penalty and the ‘Cats were down 21-3.
The second half was a totally different story. Windsor put on a show with his boot, making the Roosters pay time and time again with his goal kicking ability. He broke the line and scored a try as well. He put the Cats on his back tonight. Marsh traded a penalty goal with Windsor. But it was suddenly 24-16 with around twenty minutes to play.
Then…then…then Taylor Howden broke free. After a blocked RUNY box kick, and some fumbling of the ball, the Cats had it deep in the New York end. Howden got the ball, and with RUNY playing frantic defense recovering from the blocked kick, he managed to break the line and go in for five. Howden converted and it was 24-23.
RUNY’s defense did its job. They stifled the Houston attack for the next fifteen minutes. In addition to that, they played smart rugby- working their forwards till they earned a penalty with five minutes left. After a miscue in the line out, the Cats had the ball once more. There was one minute on the clock. They spun the ball out wide, just meters out from their own try line, and Mike Brown intercepted a Sabercat pass. Brown was tackled immediately.
Then, Walsh picked the ball up from the base of the ruck and dummied his way past the Cats line, into the try zone, to seal the RUNY win. The Roosters now move to 3-1 on the season. They have a tough matchup with league table topping San Diego Legion next week. LFG.
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