MLR Picks Week 9: Weekend Kickoffs Early

Will the early week have any effect on the outcomes?

Major League Rugby fans are being treated to an early kickoff this weekend, with the Houston SaberCats and Utah Warriors locking horns on Thursday evening. Neither team has won since their first game of the season, although Utah did draw with Glendale. Both sides will see this game as an opportunity to relaunch their efforts for the 2019 campaign and get their post season aspirations back on course. Following Thursday evening's fixture, top of the table NOLA Gold will take on the bottom of the ladder Austin Elite. Austin, so far this season, are winless and things won't get much easier for the men from Texas' capital when they travel to the Big Easy. NOLA is coming in hot after a seven try performance against Houston last weekend, our experts expect NOLA to come out swinging. The final game of the round, will be between Glendale's Raptors and Rugby United New York. Glendale is coming into this weekend, having come out of their second drawn fixture of the season. RUNY, conversely, won their home opener in dramatic fashion. This game has all the makings of another dramatic classic. Seattle, Toronto and San Diego will all be enjoying a week's rest.