Stats v Houston: Inside Look
Rugby United New York beat the Houston Sabercats by eight points on Sunday night, scoring four converted tries and a penalty. The bonus point win (for scoring four tries) moves the Roosters into sole possession of second place in the brutal Eastern Conference, four points behind the undefeated Toronto Arrows.
Possession & Territory
Although RUNY dominated the first half, it was all Sabercats in the second stanza. The Houston franchise controlled possession for 58% of the match. For all the struggling mathematicians out there, that means the Roosters had 42%. However, RUNY was able to win the territory battle. Even when the Sabercats were mounting their comeback, RUNY was able to keep them inside their own half for large periods of time. New York spent 55% of their time camped out in Houston’s end.
Running the ball, RUNY gained 622 meters against the Sabercats. Germishuys and Foden both had 12 carries each. A sizable chunk of Mattina’s 50+ meters came on his try in the opening quarter of the game.
RUNY’s defense held strong for the majority of the day, only letting up two tries. However, discipline cost them, and penalties resulted in 9 points for the Sabercats, courtesy of Sam Windsor.
Three Key Players
The flanker was all over the field during his first RUNY start.The unit ran for over 150 meters on the ground, while breaking two tackles. Defensively, he had 16 tackles on the day.
Marsh’s kicking has been outstanding throughout the first four weeks of the season. He has only missed one of his 16 attempts, going 13/14 on conversions & 2/2 on penalties.
The big man had another monster performance. He had 28 tackles without missing on any attempts. He was the lead man in the lineout once again, and played the entire game.
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