Old Glory to Host Rival NOLA Gold – Week 13 Preview

In their professional debut, Old Glory lost in a blowout to the NOLA Gold. At the opening of this season, Old Glory battled them to a draw. In their third match, Old Glory will be looking to get a solid win at home at Segra Field.

Details

  • When: June 12, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Where: Segra Field (map, tickets)
  • Channel: NBCSW (local), The Rugby Network (national, overseas)
  • Weather forecast: 78°F and mostly cloudy
  • Line: NOLA by 6 (from Tackle the Numbers)
  • Expected Attendance: 2,800
  • Pre-match Fixtures:
    • 3:00 p.m. – Loudoun Rugby vs Maryland Exiles

Preview

How good are the NOLA Gold?

Much like Old Glory, NOLA’s season has been up and down, with some solid wins but also some disappointing loses. Their record is better than OGDC’s at five wins to four loses, but they’ve at home a lot and have come within a few points of defeat multiple times.

It’s difficult to pin down the identity of this team, though. Last week, they showed real grit in keeping Atlanta to 8 points. They looked like a hard-nosed, physical, defensive team. However, it was only a few weeks ago that San Diego made that defense look as stiff as soggy paper by scoring 43 against them.

A player to watch is number 8 Cam Dolan, whose experience and game awareness make him constant threat. In the backline, Julian Dominguez has been a hard man to stop, scoring from the wing by powering through opponents. In the reserves is Damian Stevens, a scrumhalf who provides a real spark off the bench.

What does Old Glory need to do to win?

After finally seeming to settle down in their wins against Seattle and Houston, Old Glory seem to have come unstuck. They’ve really missed the leadership for their captains, Mungo Mason and Thretton Palamo, both of whom return from injury this match. Hopefully that will help them get up to speed more quickly.

The Old Glory’s young players will need to come through to provide the energy and fight that OGDC has been missing. Almost half the squad is 25 or younger. Fortunately, our young guys have really rounded into form recently and should be up to the task.

There are some interesting changes in the line up this week, with players coming in and out because of injury. With Mikey Sosnene-Feagai and Max Lum both injured, we see third-string hooker James King get a start, with Dante Lopresti coming off the bench. That’s brought in Jack Carroll to cover Lopresti’s usual spot as backup tighthead prop. Mungo Mason has also returned (finally!) from injury, after 5 weeks out.

In the backs, we see another reshuffling. Doug Fraser is out with injury but has been replaced with Thretton Palamo who is back. The bigger change, though, is Mike Dabulas moving to flyhalf and Jason Robertson moving to inside center. This might be a tactical switch to give Robertson more space and put a kicking threat at 12, but it’s more likely motivated by the news that Robertson will be leaving after this year. Old Glory needs to give Dabulas as much experience at flyhalf as possible before that happens.

Lineups

Old Glory DC

  1. Jamie Dever
  2. James King
  3. Stevie Longwell
  4. Tevita Naqali
  5. Stan South
  6. Callum Gibbins
  7. Mungo Mason
  8. Josh Brown
  9. Danny Tusitala
  10. Mike Dabulas
  11. Renata Roberts-Te Nana
  12. Jason Robertson
  13. Thretton Palamo
  14. Sam Cusano
  15. Dylan Taikato-Simpson

Reserves:

  1. Dante Lopresti
  2. Jack Iscaro
  3. Jack Carroll
  4. Casey Renaud
  5. Cory Daniel
  6. Danny Thomas
  7. Ciaran Hearn
  8. D’Montae Noble

NOLA Gold

  1. Kevin Sullivan
  2. Pat O’Toole
  3. Dino Waldren
  4. Ignacio Dotti
  5. Nikola Bursic
  6. Moni Tonga’uiha
  7. Devin Short
  8. Cam Dolan
  9. Holden Yungert
  10. Timothée Guillimin
  11. Julián Domínguez
  12. Juan Cappiello
  13. Lockie Kratz
  14. Ross Depperschmidt
  15. Hanno Dirksen

Reserves:

  1. Eric Howard
  2. Matt Harmon
  3. Brian Nault
  4. Billy Stewart
  5. Malcolm May
  6. Damian Stevens
  7. JP du Plessis
  8. Kyle Rogers