It has been a very long time since I covered any Super League action. I do apologize about that, because they have been doing a better job getting the information out to the media.
Anyways… here’s Week 3 at a glance.
Week 3 of the RSL featured another big NYAC win, San Francisco getting their campaign off with a win on the road in Chicago, and a close one in New York, with Life University edging Old Blue.
In the barnburner of the week, Life emerged victorious 27-25 in a closely fought game again New York Old Blue. The crowd was treated to a highly competitive game where the lead changed several times. Neither side showed complete dominance, as Old Blue had another good showing in the lineout but were put under pressure in the scrum set pieces.
Life got points on the board first with a penalty kick but shortly afterwards Old Blue scored a well worked try by fly half Ash Moeke to make it 7-3. A few more penalty exchanges and a try by Life left the Running Eagles leading at the half, 13-10.
Old Blue scored a try by Derek Lipscomb immediately after the half to go up 17-13. Life then scored a converted try which is soon equalized by a Moeke penalty kick to take it to 20-20. No side showed complete dominance and Life scored with fifteen minutes to go to lead 27-20.
Old Blue pushed hard in the closing minutes and was able to score a try by Marty Veale from a lineout drive, but the difficult conversion was off the mark.
Old Blue player-coach Marty Veale credited the effort of both sides today. ”Life had to travel, they came up and took their opportunities and got away with the win, which is what you need to do on the road. It was a big turnaround by our boys, they showed character to come back, we could have snatched a draw but it wasn’t to be. The boys are working hard and it is a credit to the players and they are not giving up until the final whistle”.
Old Blue will be in Dallas next week, while Life University will be at home, taking on Boston.
Across town, NYAC cruised to another win this weekend, this time rolling over Boston 51-12. In contrast to their earlier wins, this time NYAC did most of their scoring in the first half. There were several early threats from NYAC but knock-ons and penalties repeatedly slowed the attack.
Finally Alan MacGinty scored near the posts, and his conversion, coupled with his earlier penalty, brought the score to 10-0 in NYAC’s favor. Another NYAC fizzled out after the ball was spilled again, and Boston took off on a long attack that stalled right on the NYAC goal line. NYAC quickly came back the other direction, with tries by Alastair McFarland, Patrick Fiffe and Max Levine to stretch the lead to 29-0.
Boston had their best opportunity with a penalty deep in the NYAC half, but the kick to the corner and resulting line out was repulsed and NYAC surged downfield for McFarland to notch his second try and a 34-0 halftime lead.
NYAC hit for a couple of tries early in the second half, Fiffe again and Eddie Cullen crossing the line. Boston continued to plug away and Fred Berger scored a try mid way through the half. NYAC hits back through replacement second row Seth Cohen who finished off a long run with a five pointer.
NYAC’s flanker Neil McMillian said “it was a good win for us, especially a good first half performance. It’s been our best performance of the year, we are starting to finish off moves, and with three bonus point wins we are pretty happy at the moment”.
NYAC will have two weeks off, while Boston has their third consecutive road game, this one in Life University to take on the Running Eagles.
In Chicago, the visiting San Francisco Golden Gate took full points
with a 44-16 win over the Chicago Griffins. SFGG moved out to a 29-11
halftime lead, paced by tries from second row partners John Thomas and
Nick Civetta, as well as Brendan O’Meara and Tevita Okusi. Volney Rouse converted three of these as well as a penalty kick.
The Griffins had a try by Pat Marek and two penalties by Cal Doggett in the first half. The Griffins had opportunities to get the score closer at each side of the half, but did not convert pressure into points and from then on they were chasing the game.
In the second half, the Griffins did get a score courtesy of a penalty try but that was the end of the Griffins scoring despite the ensuing man advantage for the deliberate knock-on. SFGG added three unconverted tries in the second half, with Tevita Okusi notching his second while Samisoni Pone came off the bench to notch a couple of tries.
“We were solidly beaten today”, said Griffins coach Wez Parkes, “overall our tackling was good, we didn’t fall off too many, but we
got overloaded a few times. We had some opportunities before the half
but didn’t convert. They are a good side, play an attractive style of
rugby, they are hard to defend against and that was the ballgame.”
SFGG coach Paul Keeler concurred: “We got off to a bit of a slow start, and the Griffins were good at disrupting our set pieces. We tended to dominate in open play, and our offloading caused them problems. Our back row played really well, they did a lot of work today, as did Tevita Okusi who did a lot of work in defense as well as getting over the gainline.”
The Griffins travel to play Old Puget Sound Beach next week, while SFGG will play host to Denver.