Stats v Legion: Inside Look
The Roosters suffered a brutal loss to the San Diego Legion on Sunday night, falling 24-20. It was a good showing from RUNY, who are now back home prepping for the 2020 home opener. Here are some athletes that stood out in Sunday’s contest.
A Game of Momentum
Sunday’s game was built around momentum. The first 20-minute stanza was all San Diego, who brought their lead up to 10 points early in the game. The next 20 minutes was all RUNY and the New York scrum, earning penalty after penalty. It was a similar story in the second half. After the intermission, San Diego came out HOT. When Paddy Ryan left the field due to a yellow card, the Legion scored two tries. Even though RUNY spent literally the last 15-20 minutes camped out in the SD 22, they weren’t able to erase that gap. A Will Leonard try brought it closer, in a very taunting manner, but the Legion had enough to hold on for the win.
Offensively, RUNY did not bring its A game. Last week, the Roosters ran for over 600 meters. Against the Legion, however, they were held to just 300 meters on the ground. The offensive firepower RUNY showed against Austin seems like a distant memory at this point. This upcoming weekend, RUNY has an opportunity to score some points though. Seattle is the worst defense in the league, and we could use a bonus point.
The Legion currently have the best offense in the league, so RUNY holding them to only three tries is pretty impressive. Ironman Nate Brakeley led the way on defense again. He currently leads the league in tackles- probably a product of the second rower playing every minute this season, something no other second rower has accomplished.
Three Key Players
In another wise stagnant showing on offense, Leonard was a breath of fresh air. He landed in the RUNY top three in both meters gained and tackles, the only Rooster to do so. His match was highlighted by a try in the second half that brought RUNY back into the game.
The loose-head prop spent 73 minutes on the field, impressive in its own right. But his work in the scrum was dominant. He was lined up against USA tight-head Paul Mullen and regularly took him to school.
Marsh had another clinical day with his boot. The Irish fly half scored 8 points, connecting on two penalties and one conversion. He’s scored 45 points this season, already coming close to eclipsing his total from last season (69). That ranks fifth in the league. He has only missed one attempt from the tee thus far, connecting on 18 of his 19 strikes at goal.
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