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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Metropolis Off To A Hot Start In The Midwest

The Midwest is only a few weeks old but already Metropolis are showing themselves to be one of the teams to beat. Their latest result was a 63-24 result over Palmer. Jojo Tikoisuva, Joel Yogerst, and Lemoto Filikitonga were the stars for Metropolis while Glen Maricelli proved himself to be strong for Palmer. Metropolis are now 3-0 on the season with wins over Cincinnati, the Griffins, and now Palmer. For Palmer they drop to 0-2 on the year with losses to Metropolis and Milwaukee.

It didn't take long for Metropolis to get on the board as hooker Ratu Baleirara scored in the second minute. They would then add to that lead with Sean Kelly, Tikoisuva, Filikitonga, and Adam Diffley all scoring tries to balloon the lead to 31-0. Tikoisuva proved himself good from the tee with four conversions early. Palmer finally got on the board when Cameron Hayward scored in the 30th minute but tries from Yogerst and Chris Marais put Metropolis up 41-7 at halftime.

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The strong play for Yogerst in particular much be exciting for fans to see. He was identified at the NRFL combine and spent some time with the Bristol Academy where he started on the wing. Already excelling at the club level has to be a positive. Tikoisuva and Filikitona are also Eagles and Eagles 7s prospects.

The Kansas City Blues continued their season with a 43-0 win over the Griffins. The Blues were dominant throughout with scrumhalf Michael Mercer in particular coming up big with tries and conversions. Sean Murray also had a couple of tries for the Blues. Kansas City now move to 2-0 on the year while the Griffins fall to 0-2.

Columbus have also gotten off to a strong start and are also 2-0. Their latest win came over rivals Cincinnati 45-18. Pila Huihui, who is playing at the Tiger Academy and was last year's PRP leading scorer, was big for Columbus with a couple of tries.

The last match of the round saw the Chicago Lions beat the Milwaukee Barbarians 32-12.  The Lions ran out to a 25-0 lead thanks to penalties from Quinn Macali and tries from Mathew DeGutes, Francis Viancourt, and Ryan Kretchmar. JP Eloff would add a try for the Lions in the second half while Ben Bastian and Kevin Smyth had tries for the Barbarians.


  1. What position is Yogerst playing in 15s? Wing still?

    1. Yes. He lined up at 11 over the weekend.