Troy Lockyear Named MLR Player of the Week
By Andrew Newman
Really? A rookie earning Player of the Week honors after making their debut?
Troy Lockyear put on a clinic against the team from Austin and the league took notice- rewarding the rookie as the Player of the Week. After suffering a shoulder injury early in preseason, the Cal Berkeley product narrowly missed out on selection for the season opener.
With the back row enduring an injury spell, Head Coach McWilliams opted to move French superstar Mathieu Bastareaud into the depleted pack. Coupled with an untimely Will Leonard suspension, Lockyear was given the opportunity to start in the centers. He took that opportunity and didn’t let go for 80 minutes- scoring a brace and running for over 150 meters.
Below is a filthy try he scored to open the second half. Lockyear has an uncanny ability to find the best running lines. Go and look at his highlights from college– a lot of the tries he scored were eerily similar to this one. He finds the best line, hits it hard, and has the speed to finish more often than not.
Brakeley and Sumsion earn 1st XV Honors for Week 2 Performances
In addition to Lockyear’s personal achievement, two other Roosters were honored by league officials today. Nate Brakeley, second row, and Kyle Sumsion, flanker, both earned selection on the 1st XV of the Week. Brakeley, like always, was an absolute machine on the weekend. He seemingly arrived at every breakdown, and made 19 tackles.
After getting jacked this past offseason, Sumsion performed well throughout preseason training camp. The BYU product, also capped by the US Eagles, enjoyed this season’s opening two rounds more than most. For starters, he didn’t stay in Vegas for the entire week. More importantly, however, Sumsion scored three tries, ran for over 140 meters on the ground, and broke like 19 tackles. I think he’s playing some of the best rugby of his career right now.
Congrats to these Roosters on their achievements. Now, the squad gets ready for the undefeated RATL Snakes. A week in Vegas followed by Hotlanta? LFG. The game kicks off this Sunday, February 23rd, at 3 PM EST. Fans based in the United States can tune into ESPN+ while our international fans can watch on Facebook Live.
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