13 Apr Legion Look to Level Series In New York
MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION TRAVEL TO THE BIG APPLE FOR CLASH WITH RUNY
The Legion (6-2-1) will have to get through an incredibly tough RUNY (7-1) squad as they fight to climb their way back up the Major League Rugby table and back into one of the four playoff spots.
Sunday’s match will be the second time this season that the Legion and RUNY meet. The first meeting, all the way back on January 27, the Legion’s first match of the season, ended in a 25-23 RUNY victory.
THE TALE OF THE TAPE
The numbers that both the Legion and RUNY have posted this year give a hint as to how evenly-matched these two sides are heading into their second meeting of the season.
To complement the defensive numbers, RUNY and the Legion have posted extremely similar offensive numbers in both tries and points as well. The 29 tries that the Legion has scored this season are just two fewer than RUNY’s 31 while the Legion lead the season-long scoring battle with 244 points over RUNY’s 229.
You don’t have to study Major League Rugby’s player statistics page for very long to recognize the firepower that both RUNY and the Legion will bring to the table on Sunday.
Sunday’s match brings with it enormous playoff implications. In the logjam that is the top four spots in the league table, the points in Sunday’s match are huge as the Legion make their way through the second half of the season.
The Legion currently sit in fifth place with 31 points in the tables, one position out of the final playoff spot. They trail the fourth-place Seattle Seawolves and the third-place RUNY by just one point, the second-place Glendale Raptors by two points and the league leading NOLA Gold by seven points. A win over RUNY would at the very least propel the Legion into a playoff spot and, with some help, could place them as high as second place by the end of Round 12.
Watch the full re-play of the January 27th.