RUNY Continue Their Road Trip Against Reigning Champion Seawolves
After a thrilling 27-24 win against the top of the table NOLA Gold, RUNY have emerged from the Bayou as the only undefeated team remaining in the league. The boys in Blue and Orange now sit in 4th on the table with the two teams they’ve beaten, NOLA and San Diego, sitting in 1st and 2nd and the Seawolves, our next opponent, sitting in 3rd. With the table as it is, it seems that RUNY has drawn the short straw facing 3 extremely tough opponents on the road in their opening games. However our Roosters remain ready and hungry to continue their strong entrance into the MLR this Sunday at 7PM EST live on CBS Sports MLR ‘Game of the Week.’
Seattle won their first game against Glendale before losing their next 2 to the Legion and Gold. In last weeks matchup they bested the other newcomers, the Toronto Arrows, to even out at 2-2 with 3 bonus points separating them from RUNY on the ladder. With losses to the two opponents RUNY has bested, the odds do look in RUNY’s favor. However, Seattle are the reigning champs from last year so only our best will be good enough to beat them.
Despite losing the last 7 minutes due to New Orleans broadcast provider Cox Media facing technical difficulties, Saturday was a good day to be a RUNY fan. Heading into the loss of broadcast at 24-24, RUNY fans were quickly updated by the boys down in NOLA that Cathal Marsh had put us ahead with a penalty kick. In an enduring final 5 minutes NOLA almost broke through but the Blue and Orange endured to close out the Gold 27-24. For their efforts, 3 RUNY players were named to the MLR ‘First XV of the Week,’ outside Center Ben Foden got his 1st nod for the honors team, whilst Connor Wallace-Sims was named for the 2nd time in 2 game. After an intense opening barrage by the Gold it was Connor Wallace-Sim’s try that turned the game back around after a beautiful Cathal Marsh break away and assist. The try was so beautiful that the MLR even named it the greatest try of week 4. Cathal was the 3rd player to be named to the ‘First XV of the Week’ but was also named MLR ‘Player of the Week’ for his dominant performance.
YOUR RUNY TEAM:
This week Dylan “The Butcher” Fawsitt, Nate Brakeley, and Quill won’t be available to coach Tolkin due to their inclusion in the USA Eagles camp. Starting fullback Luke Hume remains injured so will also be unavailable. Fawsitt and Brakeley will be replaced by Mike Brown and Alex Macdonald who came off the bench last game and those two will be replaced in the reserves by Callum Mackintosh who travelled last week in place of Paddy Ryan and Myles McQuone who could earn his cap. Jumping straight into the starting lineup and making his debut is newcomer James Denise who will start over Hughston who is in the reserves. The starting backline remains intact after a strong showing against NOLA last week.
Players to Watch:
With Brakeley out, look for Ross Deacon to take the lead as RUNY’s defensive anchor and tone setter for physicality in the game. Deacon comes into the game 17/17 on his tackles and is an impenetrable point in the RUNY defensive wall. More than just his defense, Deacon leads all forwards in both carries and meters gained with 21 and 86 respectively. Brakeley has been a pivotal part to RUNY’s success thus far, so in his absence Deacon seems an obvious choice to step up in a big way. Whether that be as a favorite for captain Mike Petri on the crash balls or to setting the tone for RUNY’s defensive intensity in the first 10-20 minutes.
In the backline an obvious headache for the Seawolves is Cathal Marsh. After his player of the week performance Prince Loot is hot, with a try assist and one of his own against the Gold Cathal has looked deadly for our Roosters. He comes into the game as the leading points scorer with 25. In last week’s game every opportunity came through Marsh’s hands and it’s clear he has the support of the locker room. At every break the backline is hustling to get in support with Marsh because of his effortless ability to create. I’m sure the Seawolves will look to target Marsh at first receiver and try to cut off his space before he can get going. However, as all Rooster Boosters know, Prince Loot is able to turn nothing into something so Seattle best watch out.
Once again we will be watching at the ‘Pig n Whistle’ on 36th street this Sunday, starting up at 6PM just before kick off. As always there will be giveaways, merchandise sales, and a chance to meet some of the RUNY squad. It’s also rumored that Cathal Marsh’s cousin, Marshawn Lynch will be there so PACK THE PIG. If you are unable to make it be sure to tune in LIVE for an unmissable game between the newcomers and the title holders on CBS Sports or Facebook Live.
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