Week 3 Summary Glendale, Austin, San Diego Claim Wins - FULL MATCH VIDEOS
Glendale continue their form at 3-0 and look the class of the league. It's been tough to get road wins in this league unless you're Glendale. San Diego's two wins have been at home, Austin's first win was at home. Utah are the only team without a win but face Austin next week at home. Seattle travel to New Orleans while San Diego visit Glendale.
Glendale Raptors 36 - Utah Warriors 29
San Diego Legion 35 - Houston Sabercats 32
Austin Elite 31 - NOLA GOLD 17
The home side Austin only trailed once in the match, they struck with 2 penalties, followed by a try and were up 11-0 before NOLA got in the match. NOLA used their scrum to score before the half to go into the break down 11-10.
As expected Hanco Germishuys was the standout player in the match and he had an impact scoring a 2nd half try, Austin up 16-10. NOLA went briefly ahead after Hubert Buydens came in at 50 minutes with another try off a strong scrum platform, 17-16 for NOLA. It was all Austin after that with two more tries, final 30-17. Full match below.
PREGAME Austin are the only team in the league to sit winless at 0-2, Utah being other winless team at 0-1. Austin have been at the bottom of our Prediction Rankings since preseason and need a win here to change our minds. They have one of the best opensides in the competition, Hanco Germishuys, but their defence has been wanting, giving up an average of 45 points per game while producing an average of 32 points per match.
NOLA has two Canadians playing, both in the front row, Hubert Buydens at prop and Eric Howard at hooker. The 36 year old veteran Buydens starts the bench today while Howard gets the start as vice-captain. NOLA have improved steadily using Houston as the benchmark. They lost big to Houston in preseason, then tied Houston in preseason and defeated them in the regular season. They gave up 25 points in that match.
1. Loosehead Prop, Jake Turnbull, Houston SaberCats 2. Hooker, Pat Blair, San Diego Legion 3. Tighthead Prop, Angus MacLellan, Utah Warriors 4. Left Lock, Ben Mitchell, Austin Elite 5. Right Lock, Albert Harmon, San Diego Legion 6. Blindside Flanker, John Sullivan, NOLA Gold 7. Openside Flanker, Hanco Germishuys, Austin Elite 8. No 8., Cam Dolan, San Diego Legion 9. Scrum-half, Connor Murphy, Houston SaberCats 10. Fly-half, Sam Windsor, Houston SaberCats 11. Blindside Wing, Ryan Matyas, San Diego Legion 12. Inside Center, Bryce Campbell, Glendale Raptors 13. Outside Center, Roland Suniula, Austin Elite 14. Openside Wing, Harley Davidson, Glendale Raptors 15. Fullback, Dylan Audsley, San Diego Legion
BCRN Prediction Rankings
1. Glendale Raptors 2. Houston Sabercats 3. Utah Warriors 4. Seattle Seawolves 5. NOLA Gold 6. San Diego Legion 7. Austin Elite
BCRN MLR Week 1 rankings 1. Glendale Raptors 2. Seattle Seawolves 3. NOLA Gold 4. Utah Warriors 5. Houston Sabercats 6. San Diego Legion 7. Austin Elite
BCRN MLR Week 2 rankings 1. Glendale Raptors 2. Seattle Seawolves 3. NOLA Gold 4. Houston Sabercats 5. San Diego Legion 6. Utah Warriors 7. Austin Elite
BCRN MLR Week 3 rankings (win %) 1. Glendale Raptors 100% 2. Seattle Seawolves 50% 3. San Diego Legion 67% (lost to Seattle) 4. NOLA Gold 50% 5. Houston Sabercats 33% 6. Austin Elite 33% 7. Utah Warriors 0%