17 May Top-Ranked Legion Hit the Road for Tilt With Warriors
MATCH PREVIEW: LEGION LOOK TO SECURE PLAYOFF BERTH WITH WIN IN UTAH
With only two matches remaining in the Legion’s regular season, the playoff race is still wide open. A victory on Saturday is extremely important for San Diego to inch one step closer to locking up a playoff spot and also maintaining their place atop the Major League Rugby table. If the Legion can hang onto one of the top two spots in the standings, they’ll host a playoff match at Torero Stadium.
Saturday evening will be no walk in the park for the Legion. The Warriors have shown dangerous flashes of potential at several different times throughout the season but have wound up on the wrong side of some extremely close matches. Three of their losses have been decided by two points and two of them came against playoff hopefuls in NOLA Gold and Rugby United New York. The Legion can expect to receive Utah’s best effort on their home pitch.
San Diego will enter the match on a high after scraping out an extremely tough 26-19 victory over the league-leading Gold in the Louisiana heat last Saturday. The Legion received contributions from both their key contributors like Nick Boyer, JP du Plessis, and Save Totovosau, and bench players like Tai Enosa, who scored the deciding try, to pick up the gritty victory.
They’ll have to use a similar formula to get the job done again on Saturday. Utah captain Tim O’Malley can put up points. He ranks sixth in the MLR in total points scored with 104, fourth in penalty goals with 13, and fifth in conversions with 30. Players like wing Tonata Lauti have broken off electrifying tries at various points throughout the last two seasons. They also have a tackling machine in the forward pack in the form of Lance Williams.
The Legion will use their high-powered offense to exploit a Warriors defense that has conceded the most points (428) in the MLR this season. One of San Diego’s most dangerous offensive weapons remains fullback Mikey Te’o, who tacked on another try assist in the victory over the Gold last week to give him seven on the season, three behind league leader John Ryberg of the Glendale Raptors.
There will be an Official Viewing Party at The Lumberyard Tavern. The party starts at 5:00 PM with Food and Drink specials as well as SD Legion raffles and swag giveaways. Come join us for all of the fun, we will see you there!
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Watch the full re-play of the March 10th game.