The Rugby New York Ironworkers (3-3) make the trip up North to face the Toronto Arrows (1-5) at York Lions Stadium this Saturday at 4 pm.
This will be the second, and last, meeting between the two teams who last faced off Round 2. New York won that matchup 39-3 in front of the home crowd at Mount Vernon Memorial Stadium. The Ironworkers will look for the first season series sweep of Toronto after splitting the last three regular seasons.
Going Into the Match:
The Ironworkers are fresh off a 31-20 home win over Rugby ATL, while the Arrows are coming off a close 14-11 road loss against the Dallas Jackals.
It’s been an up-and-down season for New York so far on their quest as repeat champions. Last week’s win snapped a two-game losing streak and put New York in third place in the Eastern Conference with 15 points.
The Arrows are looking for their first win since March 11th. Currently sitting 6th in the Eastern Conference with six points.
Keys to Victory:
Defense still reigns supreme for New York. Their 13 tries allowed is tied with the Seattle Seawolves for the lowest in the league. Getting the offense clicking will be the difference-maker for New York. Their 20 tries for puts them tied for second most in the Eastern Conference. Last week saw one of New York’s most impressive offensive outputs of the season.
To help bounce off last week’s performance, the Ironworkers will look for their substitutes to provide sparks. Three subs last week: Kara Pryor, Quinn Ngawati, and Jason Emery, scored tries for New York. Getting that production off the bench is an instant advantage.
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Written by Jason Piccolomini.
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