For Immediate Release
April 18, 2011
Rugby Super League: Week 6 Results
BOULDER, Colo. – Life University (5-0) and Boston (4-1) secured their place in the Rugby Super League Blue Conference semifinal with wins over the Chicago Griffins (1-4) and Old Blue New York (0-5) respectively. In the Red Conference, the Denver Barbarians (2-3) took the visiting Dallas Harlequins (0-5) to task and San Francisco Golden Gate (5-0) exerted their dominance over a strong Utah Warriors (2-3) side.
In the only RSL game next weekend, Denver will take on Old Puget Sound Beach (3-1) in a massive clash with plenty of playoff implications. If the Barbos can pull out a win, they put the pressure on OPSB to beat Utah when they face them in Week 8.
Week 7 – April 23, 2011
Old Puget Sound Beach (3-1) @ Denver Barbarians (2-3), 4:30 p.m.
CHICAGO GRIFFINS @ BOSTON
It was a very cold and windy day for April in Amesbury, MA. There was still snow on the hillside behind the Amesbury all weather turf field as the Chicago Griffins and Boston took on each other in what would be a game of two halves.
The first points of the game went to the Chicago Griffins with a penalty in minute seven by Andrew Suniula. Boston struck back two minutes later with a try by David Prell that was converted by Nick Elrick to put Boston into the lead 7 points to 3, a lead that Boston would keep for the rest of the game.
Two big tackles by Boston took the Griffins Lock Graham Harriman and their hooker Sean Cooney out of the game at the 20 minute mark which led to problems for Chicago at their line outs for the remainder of the first half.
Roland Suniula scored Boston’s second try on the 18 minute mark and was converted by Nick Elrick to put the home team up 14 - 3. Nine minutes later, Elrick struck again with a nice penalty to extend the lead to 17 - 3. Boston scored two more tries before the end of the first half neither converted to finish with the wind at their backs 27 - 3. Brendan Moore and Nick Elrick both scored.
Boston started the second half as they had finished the first with a try by Brendan Moore, the conversion was missed and that was the last time Boston would score in the game, tallying 32 total points.
The next 25 minutes were all Chicago’s with four tries and two conversions, but not enough to catch Boston who earned a bonus point with five tries to secure them a semifinal berth against Life University on May 14.
Chicago took full advantage of the wind at their backs in the second half and capitalized on Boston’s inability to clear their lines with tries by Mike Bordenkircher, Viliami Fakatou (2) and Andrew Suniula who converted two of the scores. The late game flurry by Chicago was still not enough to catch Boston whose lead was enough to hold off the Griffins comeback. The Griffins must be happy with how they finished the game and came away with two bonus points on the day. Final score Boston 32, Chicago Griffins 27.
Boston’s Coach Michael Diamantopoulos said that he “was pleased with the first half performance” but noted that it’s an 80 minute game and they need to concentrate for those full 80 minutes. Diamantopoulos acknowledged Chicago’s grit and gave credit to the Griffins for pulling themselves back in to the game in the second half.
Boston are now through to the Super League semifinal against Life on May 14 but before then, they have to play Life in their last regular season game to decide who will win the Eastern Conference and secure home field advantage for the semi.
LIFE UNIVERSITY @ OLD BLUE
Life University traveled to the Big Apple and played Old Blue New York on Saturday. Eagle Pat Danahy scored two tries, Steve Petzel and Aaron McMaster scored one each with McMaster slotting four conversions and two penalties to give Life the win they needed.
Old Blue scored two tries through Will Brazier and John Hoehmann and a penalty by Elliot Rechtin but lost out 34-13. This win and the bonus point put Life atop of the Blue Conference and into a semifinal against Boston. They will play each other twice over the next four weeks, once in regular season play and then again in the Super League semifinal on May 14 for a chance to host the RSL Final.
NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB @ CHICAGO LIONS
The third game of the week in the Eastern Conference was a low scoring affair between the New York Athletic Club and the Chicago Lions. Both teams needed a big win to keep their play-off hopes alive but in the end they both damaged each other chances.
The Lions took the game 12 points to 10, but in doing so failed to capture a bonus point which finished their hopes of a semifinal berth as Boston secured that with their head to head win over the Lions earlier in the season.
The weather in Chicago was miserable with rain and snow falling in the middle of the game. This led to some sloppy play by both sides. Tries by John Vitale and Matt Priest and a conversion by Mark Roberts was enough to give Chicago Lions the win but not enough to keep their hopes alive of a playoff spot. NYAC’s lone try was scored by Paul Jesseman and converted by Tim LeNevez who also slotted a penalty.
SAN FRANCISCO GOLDEN GATE (SFGG) @ UTAH WARRIORS
In the west, the big game of the day was San Francisco’s visit to Utah. SFGG had to be favorites as they had won their first encounter of the season at home. Jon Law Utah’s Coach said, “It was a very competitive game. SFGG did what good teams do: they made very few mistakes and capitalized on several Warriors errors.” Utah scored 4 tries through Mike Palefau, Ben Nicholis, Jason Pye and John van der Giessen, but it was not enough to answer the 49 points that SFGG put on the board. Utah does get a bonus point for four tries scored and move to 12 points in the standings. The final score was 49-29 to SFGG.
SFGG lead the table with 25 points and cannot be caught. They will host the RSL semifinal on May 14 against one of the three teams still in the hunt for that second spot, OPSB, Denver or Utah.
DALLAS HARLEQUINS @ DENVER BARBARIANS
The only other encounter in the West pitted the Dallas Harlequins against the Denver Barbarians at home as Old Puget Sound Beach had a bye week. Denver at home was too strong for Dallas and scored 84 points with a reply of only ten points from Dallas. Scorers for Denver were Chris Moreno, Luke Leinweber, Josh Masek (2), Adam Drury, Mike Mangan, Garrett Peterson, Logan Collins, Tommy Pasque (2), Jody Kramer, Issac Stroope, and Eric Wade. Max DeAchaval rounded out the scoring with a try and seven conversions. Dallas managed to get on the board with 2 tries. Final score 84-10 SFGG.
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.