Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fireworks Expected As Sacramento Host San Francisco

Over the course of the season both the Sacramento Express and the San Francisco Rush have developed into two of the most exciting, attack oriented teams in the competition. While there may not be anything on the line as they face off at Bonney Field other than avoiding last place this match could be one of the most entertaining of the season. Neither team has anything to lose. It's the last game of the season. That means players are working to make an impression for next season and they are going to be very hungry to leave with a win.

As mentioned, the only thing on the line is avoiding last place. Despite having beaten San Francisco twice Sacramento are still three points behind in the standings thanks to the Rush having earned three more bonus points. Each team has three wins and eight losses. Sacramento can avoid finishing in last place if they come out with a win. They can also avoid last place if they finish level on points thanks to their head to head results.

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Both teams have named very strong line-ups. Eric Fry, Ray Barkwill, and Val Lee-Lo are as solid of a front-row as there is in PRO Rugby. Robert Meeson has been a solid warrior for Sacramento at lock all season while Kyle Sumsion, John Quill, and Langilangi Haupeakui are an extremely good back-row. Having Haupeakui back is going to be a major boost. For San Francisco Pat Latu is extremely underrated. Brendan Daly's introduction to the team halfway through the year is one of the reasons why they have been playing better. The same goes for Bill Fukofuka at number eight.

Where we are likely to see a lot of fireworks is in the backs. The Mirco Bergamasco at fly-half role continues once again as the Express look to find someone to spark their offense. It's actually worked out when it's been tried as he's a great playmaker. The real reason Sacramento's offense has been excelling recently is the re-introcution of Harry Bennett from injury and the introduction of Cody Jerabek. The Wyoming standout has been a revelation this season and has earned himself looks from quite a few people, including the College All-Americans staff that have included him on their tour to Australia next month.

San Francisco got a big boost this weekend with Mils Muliaina returning to health. He's not been available as much as the team would like but when he's played he has been a difference maker. Where San Francisco have had their most production is from Volney Rouse at fly-half and Orene Ai'i at center. Both have been strong playmakers this season and both could easily be considered team MVPs. When the Rush get the ball with some space they are going to score.

Don't expect much defense in this match. That is not to say that either team can't play defense but both have been rolling with ball in hand over the second part of the season and with nothing to lose that is only exacerbated.

The match starts at 10:30 p.m. et/7:30 p.m. pt and will be streamed on


Forwards: Eric Fry, Ray Barkwill, Val Lee-Lo, Robert Meeson, Matt Doubek, Kyle Sumsion, John Quill, Langilangi Haupeakui

Backs: Chris Saint, Mirco Bergamasco, Garrett Brewer, Nemia Qoro, Jope Motokana, Cody Jerabek, Harry Bennett

Bench: Cam Falcon, Ollie Kilifi, Estephan Tuimasaga, Ryan Koewler, Kali Tavake, Donald Dwyer, Shane Moore, Alex Hodgkinson

San Francisco

Forwards: Codi Jones, Jay Finau, Pat Latu, Brendan Daly, Jeremy Lenearts, Sam Finau, Isaac Helu, Bill Fukofuka

Backs: Devereaux Ferris, Volney Rouse, Pila Iongi, Orene Ai'i, Nick Blevins, Michael Haley, Mils Muliaina

Bench: Mone Laulaupeaalu, Fancy Manulauulu , Niko Lolohea, Jake Anderson, Siupeli Sakalia, Jack O'Hara, Martini Talapusi, Michael Reid

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