Monday, January 22, 2018

MLR: Houston Fall To Uruguay

For the second time in three matches the Houston SaberCats have fallen in pre-season play as they lost to the Uruguay National Team 32-24. That's not a bad result considering that Uruguay are using the match as preparation for their World Cup qualifying series against Canada next week. Uruguay brought and played a strong side and for the SaberCats to finish just eight points back isn't bad. We're not sure if the SaberCats will feel good though having beaten Seattle but lost to Vancouver and Uruguay.

Both teams slugged it out early. Houston's Josua Vici was sent to the bin, a problem for the SaberCats so far in pre-season, and from that Uruguay was able to take advantage with a penalty and soon a converted try for a 10-0. Even down a man the SaberCats had it going. Malacchi Esdale used his speed to score and put the SaberCats back in it at 10-7. Uruguay would respond with another try before Zach Pangelinan scored a big intercept try. With that it was only 17-14. At halftime another Uruguay penalty made it 20-14.

The second half was equally as intense as the first. Houston would make some noise with a penalty but Uruguay would grab a try to move up 27-17. Uruguay would add an insurance try while the SaberCats scored late in the game. Up next for Houston is James Bay.

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1 comment:

  1. Considering that the Cats emptied their bench before they scored their last try on a goalline stand between the posts? Those lads went to the post match holding their heads high, they knew that they had given everything they had against the #18 nation in World Rugby and left Los Teros wondering what had hit them just as much as Los Teros had left them wondering how the wave of blue jerseys could just keep coming that fast.

    What may have been most telling was that 3/4s of the SaberCats showed up at the HS Combine on Sunday afternoon with 42 HS combiners in attendance. Watching local youth rugby players learning from the captain of the Olympic Champions was a treat.