Rugby New York have made amends for their Round 8 loss at home to the Arrows. In a game that had huge playoff ramifications for both teams, it was New York who took home the bonus point.
It all started with an attacking line our close to the line. Enter a barnstorming Kalolo Tuiloma surging into the defence, and New York had the first 5 pointer. Jack Heighton was unsuccessful with the conversion.
Not long after, New York were in again through the weapon on the wing, Ed Fidow. Started off by a great cut out pass by Sam Windsor, New York spun it wide through the hands of Brendon O'Connor and Jason Emery, who delivered the final pass to Fidow. Heighton converted to make it 12-0 to New York.
New York weren't finished there, off the back of an another attacking raid down the Toronto short side, Ed Fidow sprinted down the touchline before passing to Kara Pryor who drew in the final defender and passed to Heighton to score. 17-0 to New York after 18 minutes.
The Arrows responded not long after via a try to scrum-half Cole Brown, starting his first game for his local team.
Prior to heading into the sheds for half time, New York scored another try through another attacking raid down the sideline, finished off by Fidow. It was started by a surging line-break from Kara Pryor. Heighton converted to make it 24-7 at the break.
The Arrows came out the locker room on fire in the second half, scoring the first 10 points via a try to Lolani Faleiva and then a penalty kick to Sam Malcolm. Just like that, Toronto were back in it, 24-17 with a raucous home ground to cheer them on.
Not dissimilar to the position they were in last week against New Orleans, New York had let the opponent back in the game and needed to be the next team to score. Enter the Butcher, who touched down for yet another rolling maul try off the back of an attacking line out. New York extend their lead to 29-17.
New York didn't stop there, knowing they had to keep attacking to keep a confident Toronto outfit out of the fight. Enter Brendon O'Connor who finished off a stunning team try that was started by Ed Fidow run, then two starting offloads from Antonio Kiri Kiri and Connor Buckley. Try of the match, New York extended their lead to 34-17.
New York finished off the a great afternoon in Toronto through a final try to Faasiu Fuatai, who sliced through the Toronto defensive line to dot it down. Sam Windsor converted for a final score of 41-17
The win sees New York climb up the ladder to the No.2 spot in the Easter Conference. Next up, Seattle, back home in Hoboken this Sunday! Tickets are selling fast for this massive game, with only two games left to be a part of the exhilarating action of professional rugby in Hoboken.
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