By Liam Poach
Currently, it's 12:45 am, and I have to drive to Boston tomorrow morning. Or...this morning. God, I'm tired. Anyway, not to disappoint, here's a preview of Saturday's (today's?) match between the Elite and the Gold:
Austin Elite vs NOLA
Last week, New Orleans took a huge step forward in their development by tying the Houston SaberCats 32 all in front of their home town fans, after previously falling to them 31-12 a few weeks ago. Now, the Gold will get another crack at a Lone Star State representative when they host The Austin Elite on Saturday.
The Elite made their debut in front of MLR fans last week when they lost a thriller to the San Diego Legion, 32-24. Austin did well to dig themselves out of a hole in that match, at one point even facing an 18-5 deficit at halftime.
Although the comeback attempt ended up being too little, too late for the Austin team, the game revealed some bright spots that are sure to come in handy against the Gold this weekend. For starters, The Elite’s Captain Mason Pederson (prop) scored the team’s first try while facing a 10-0 deficit, at least giving his squad a chance to keep it close.
The Gold, meanwhile, have to be feeling pretty high on themselves after being able to show marked improvement in every one of their matches thus far. Especially scrum-half Holden Yungert, who was able to capture Man of the Match honors at the game’s conclusion.
However, the game easily could have gone the other way had Houston been able to come up with just one more successful conversion on the night. And while the Gold displayed a much sounder, more fluid offensive attack, their defensive play needs to become tighter if they want to keep games under control, especially when they have a slim lead.
It will be interesting to see how the Elite respond after having a week to watch some actual game film on themselves. The squad is still laden with players who posses a huge amount of potential, such as fly-half Timothee Guilliman and scrum-half Michael Reid, who together can create havoc on the wing with the way they lead.
The Gold, meanwhile, are poised to take another leap in this game and hopefully capture their first outright victory since their dominating performance over the Capital Selects. To do that, they’ll have to keep building on the things they’ve been doing since the beginning. Which is relying on a strong scrum with an ‘elite’ front line, while playing a ball control style of attack in the offensive phases. But, it’s going to come down to whether their defensive play can hold up better than it has in these first few exhibition matches.
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