For Immediate Release
April 15, 2011
Rugby Super League: Week 6 Preview
BOULDER, Colo. – Week five of the Rugby Super League is set to get underway this weekend and the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Five weeks of action are in the history books, and each team has played four games. Every team has two games left, with a lot at stake.
Week 6 – April 16, 2011
Dallas Harlequins (0-4) @ Denver Barbarians (1-3), 1:00 p.m.
San Francisco Golden Gate (4-0) @ Utah Warriors (2-2), 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Griffins (1-3) @ Boston (3-1), 1:00 p.m.
Life University (4-0) @ Old Blue (0-4), 4:30 p.m.
New York Athletic Club (2-2) @ Chicago Lions (2-2), 1:30 p.m.
First on the schedule is Dallas Harlequins at the Denver Barbarians. Dallas has struggled this year, and the schedule gods have not been kind, pitting them against Denver and San Francisco to close out the season. Denver has an outside chance of making the playoffs, if they win out and get help along the way. The fact that Denver is at home for the last two games should help their cause.
The second game in the West pits the Utah Warriors against the visiting San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG), another game listed at 1:00 p.m. local. SFGG won the Week 3 encounter between these two by a score of 32-8, and is the only undefeated team in the conference. Utah started the season strong, but has faltered a little recently, slipping to a 2-2 record. Any more slips could have Utah on the outside looking in as the playoffs progress. But Rugby Magazine’s Alex Goff reports Utah feels they let one get away in the first encounter, so the rematch promises to be exciting.
Old Puget Sound Beach is currently in second place in the standings, and they might retain that position without exerting any effort, as Beach enjoys the bye week.
Several teams in the Blue Conference have their destiny in their hands in terms of making the postseason. Even the fifth place Chicago Griffins can make things interesting by winning out. But first they will have to make it past Boston, and that will not be easy. Boston will want to keep the pressure on Life University in the standings and set up a potential final week clash that would determine the top seed in the conference.
Conference leaders Life University (4-0) travel to New York to take on Old Blue. Despite some solid performances, Old Blue has yet to register a win on the season, but they will look to use home field advantage in the 4:30 p.m. game. Life has had three of their four wins come at home and had to come from behind to beat the Griffins in Week 4, so there is little room for a slow start for Life.
The final game has 2010 Champions NYAC on the road in Chicago to face the Lions. Both teams are 2-2, with NYAC holding the single bonus point advantage. The pathway is pretty simple for both teams: keep winning and hope for a slipup (or two) by a team ahead of them. Whichever team loses this one is likely out of the running, and both teams will want to make sure their season does not effectively end this early. Previous results against common opponents do not provide much of a suggestion as to which way this one might go, but it is a telling example of how close the 2011 RSL season has become.
About Rugby Super League
The Rugby Super League is sanctioned by USA Rugby as the premier level of Men's Club competition in the USA. The Rugby Super League is managed and administrated by the League within the guidelines of USA Rugby and is subject to the international laws of the game. The 2011 season will showcase 11 teams competing in two conferences with scheduled season play and two rounds of playoff games - culminating in the Rugby Super League Championship match on May 21, 2011. The competition runs from Mid-March to May each year.