Tuesday, February 20, 2018

SaberCats Edge NYAC In Tight Match

It was their closest match of their pre-season so far but the Houston SaberCats have maintained a perfect record against American opponents with a 39-38 win over NYAC last Saturday. NYAC featured a lot of players that have played a lot of high-level rugby and it was a good test for the SaberCats wtih the start of the MLR season now just a little more than a month away.

Unlike previous weeks when the weather hasn't been great for the SaberCats this week's match had excellent conditions that led to some very attractive rugby. NYAC got on the board first with a penalty but Sam Windsor scored and converted his own try to take a 7-3 lead. Penalties gave the SaberCats further opportunities but they weren't able to take advantage. 

That all changed with about a quarter of the match played. Zach Pangelinan, who has been excellent for the SaberCats so far, scored the second try of the match to extend the SaberCats lead. Connor Murphy then added another before NYAC begged one back to make it 21-10. 

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The teams then continued to trade tries with Josua Vici scoring twice for the SaberCats and NYAC answering with one. At halftime it was 33-17 to the SaberCats.

However, maybe it was having a half under their belt but the second half belonged to NYAC. The visitors were able to claim a try back that was balanced out with a penalty from Windsor. Discipline issues caught up with Houston once again in the last ten minutes and that allowed NYAC to make it close with two late tries, including one from Seamus Kelly. They only thing that saved the SaberCats in the end was a penalty from Sam Windsor to create just enough of a gap to win.

Up next the SaberCats will get their first taste of MLR opposition as they take on the NOLA Gold next weekend. 

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