Super League: Week 3 Preview
For Immediate Release
March 24, 2011
Rugby Super League: Week 3 Preview
BOULDER, Colo. – There are some great games on the horizon for week three of the Rugby Super League (RSL). In the Red Conference, the Dallas Harlequins (0-2) host Old Puget Sound Beach (1-0) and, in a battle of unbeatens the newly-formed Utah Warriors (2-0) will test their mettle against San Francisco Golden Gate (1-0). In the Blue Conference, Windy City bragging rights are on the line with the Chicago Griffins (0-1) squaring off with the Chicago Lions (1-0). Life University (1-0) hosts 2010 RSL Champions New York Athletic Club (1-0) and New York Old Blue (0-1) will play Boston (0-1) in Boston.
Week 3 - March 26, 2011
Old Puget Sound Beach @ Dallas Harlequins, 3:00 p.m. CDT, Glencoe Park, Dallas
Utah Warriors @ San Francisco Golden Gate, 3:00 p.m. PDT, Sheeran Field, Treasure Island, San Francisco
Chicago Lions @ Chicago Griffins, 1:00 p.m. CDT, Riis Park, Chicago
Old Blue New York @ Boston Rugby, 7:00 p.m. EDT, Milton High School, Milton, Mass.
New York Athletic Club @ Life University, 1:00 p.m. CDT, Life Rugby Pitch, Marietta, GA
In the Red Conference, Old Puget Sound Beach (OPSB) will travel to Dallas Harlequins. OPSB had a solid win over a strong Denver Barbarians team last weekend, and they will look to keep their momentum going, whereas the hosts need to get on the winning track, and quickly, if they are to compete in the latter stages of the competition. OPSB will also have to overcome the loss of injured playmaker Isimeli Daveta, who sustained a significant arm injury last week.
A much anticipated clash between the Utah Warriors at San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) will give the Warriors a chance to prove they are true contenders. Utah will have to be at their best to knock off the past champions as SFGG has a wealth of big game experience to draw from. Utah certainly has the talent to compete, but they will have to play error free and disciplined rugby in order to succeed. SFGG will likely be focused on limiting the effectiveness of high-scoring pivot, Jason Pye, and unleash some hard running rugby of their own.
In the Blue conference, the Chicago Lions and Chicago Griffins will battle for local bragging rights. The Lions won a close game in New York last week, while the Griffins played well in their trip to New York but fell short against New York Athletic Club (NYAC). The Lions seem to be on an upswing at the moment and the Griffins have strengthened their program recently, so this one could be close.
Another great matchup is on tap in Marietta, Ga., as Life University host 2010 Champions, NYAC. It's likely another close game, and neither team will want to drop a game against their highly- ranked opponent. Temperatures in the 70s should help the spectators enjoy the game.
The final game of the day will have New York's Old Blue making the short trip to Boston. With some snow and freezing temperatures in the forecast, the teams will have an added hurdle to overcome. Both teams dropped close games last weekend, and given the strength of the conference, dropping to 0-2 will not be a pleasant position to be in.
About Rugby Super League
The Rugby Super League is sanctioned by USA Rugby as the premier level of Men's Club competition in the USA. The Rugby Super League is managed and administrated by the League within the guidelines of USA Rugby and is subject to the international laws of the game. The 2011 season will showcase 11 teams competing in two conferences with scheduled season play and two rounds of playoff games - culminating in the Rugby Super League Championship match on May 21, 2011. The competition runs from Mid-March to May each year.