Old Glory to Host Rematch with RUNY – Week 11 Preview

A month and half has passed since Old Glory lost a tight contest to RUNY in New York. Now, Old Glory looks to right the record against their fellow east conference team as RUNY travels to Segra Field for a Sunday matchup. This will be the first home match with capacity restrictions lifted, so we could experience a true home atmosphere for the first time this season. However, the iffy weather forecast may put a damper on the crowd size.

Capacity restrictions lifting also mean that we can look forward to a number of things returning to the match day experience. Expanded food options, a kids section, and curtain raisers will all be coming back, so we should see a much livelier Segra Field.

Details

  • When: May 29, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Segra Field (map, tickets)
  • Channel: CBS (national), The Rugby Network (overseas)
  • Weather forecast: 57°F and cloudy, 80% chance of rain
  • Line: RUNY by 1 (from Tackle the Numbers)
  • Expected Attendance: 3,200
  • Pre-match Fixtures:
    • 9:30 a.m. – The Roosters vs Old Breed
    • 10:45 a.m. – Winchester, Loudoun, and Great Falls high school exhibition

Preview

How good is RUNY?

Like most teams in the MLR this year, RUNY has changed quite a bit. At the beginning of the year, they looked great on attack. Every match they played seemed to be a high-scoring shoot-out and they put up an average of 32 points per match. Their defense in those early weeks was severely lacking, though, as they gave up an average of 31 points per match.

However, since they beat Old Glory they have completely flipped. They have only managed a paltry 18 points per match, and they have only managed to score eight tries in their last five matches. However, they have improved immensely on defense, holding their opponents to just 18 points on average. This includes a fantastic performance LA, who are almost unstoppable on attack.

The one thing that has stayed consistent is that RUNY has found ways to win. Their record is 6-3, tied for best in the east, and they’ve gotten there by eking out narrow wins. They are a gritty team with the mentality and physicality to pull out a win, coming from behind if necessary. They aren’t a team that will beat themselves.

RUNY’s strong forward pack will be missing Nick Civetta, who has been having an excellent season. However, Hanco Germishuys, Dylan Fawsitt, and Nate Brakeley will provide plenty of firepower up front for New York. In the backs, RUNY will be without flyhalf Dan Hollinshead, who was instrumental in their narrow win over Old Glory earlier. In his place is Harry Bennett, a youngster who had great success last week against New England.

What does Old Glory need to do to win?

Old Glory has had two relatively easy matches against struggling west conference teams. They did what they had to do in those matches, but this week’s match against RUNY will be tougher. RUNY is gritty team and in the habit of winning, so OGDC has a hard task ahead of them.

A big factor in this match will be the conditions, as rain is predicted for Sunday. This could both help and hurt Old Glory. With Mungo Mason and Mikey Sosnene-Feagai both out, OGDC is without two of their best forwards, and in a match that will require ball control quality forward play will be essential. Furthermore, though capacity restrictions have finally lifted, the rain might limit the crowd size.

On the flip side, though, Old Glory has had very recent experience with this type of match, so they may be able to adjust more quickly to the weather. This will be a battle of territory and game management, and that’s an area where Old Glory has excelled. With the backline at full health once again and Robertson really on top of his game, OGDC should be perfectly positioned to play the way that they need to.

The lineup is basically as expected, except for a little re-jiggering in the loose forwards. Though normally a lock, Tevita Naqali will play at flanker. This is probably to keep as much experience as possible in the forwards given RUNY’s strength in that area. Unsuprisingly, Josh Brown is starting at Number 8 with Sosnene-Feagai out. In the backs, the only notable addition is Ciaran Hearn starting in place of Thretton Palamo, who is presumably injured.

Lineups

Old Glory DC

  1. Jamie Dever
  2. Mikey Sosnene-Feagai
  3. Stevie Longwell
  4. Api Naikatini
  5. Stan South
  6. Tevita Naqali
  7. Callum Gibbins
  8. Josh Brown
  9. Danny Tusitala
  10. Jason Robertson
  11. Renata Roberts Te-Nana
  12. Ciaran Hearn
  13. Doug Fraser
  14. Mike Dabulas
  15. Dylan Taikato-Simpson

Reserves:

  1. Max Lum
  2. Jack Iscaro
  3. Dante Lopresti
  4. Casey Renaud
  5. Cory Daniel
  6. Danny Thomas
  7. D’Montae Noble
  8. Sam Cusano

Rugby United New York

  1. James Rochford
  2. Dylan Fawsitt
  3. Zak Taulafo
  4. Nate Brakeley
  5. Evan Mintern
  6. Hanco Germishuys
  7. Benjamín Bonasso
  8. Kara Pryor
  9. Andy Ellis
  10. Harry Bennett
  11. Apenisa Cakaubalavu
  12. Quinn Ngawati
  13. Fa’asiu Fuatai
  14. Chris Mattina
  15. Ben Foden

Reserves:

  1. Wilton Rebolo
  2. Anthony Parry
  3. Samu Tawake
  4. Charlie Hewitt
  5. Rob Irimescu
  6. Conor McManus
  7. Will Leonard
  8. Joel Miranda