Geico XV | Week 15
Loosehead Prop, Jamie Mackintosh – Austin Gilgronis
Mackintosh set up a great platform for the Gilgronis to worth with and got after it in the breakdown completing a breakdown steal and 17 ruck arrivals. On attack he scored a try from seven carries for 17 meters. On defense he completed seven tackles.
Hooker, Pat O’Toole – NOLA Gold
O’Toole made a heavy impact when it mattered taking the hard carries off first or second phase directly into contact five times for 17 meters, and on one occasion he scored an important try. On defense he completed 7 tackles and had 16 ruck arrivals in the breakdown.
Tighthead Prop, Wikus Groenewald – Rugby ATL
Groenewald’s performance in the scrum and around the park aided Atlanta in securing a needed bonus point. He put his power on display when he had the ball in hand, often taking several defenders. He scored a try from four carries for 21 meters. ON defense he completed four tackles and had 12 ruck arrivals in the breakdown.
Left Lock, Nate Brakeley – Rugby United New York
A true operator in the aerial game, Brakeley came down with five lineout and a lineout steal against Toronto. Around the park he put his workrate on display making 11 tackles and having 28 ruck arrivals in the breakdown. On attack he made six carries for 29 meters, two tackle breaks, and an offload.
Right Lock, Matt Jensen – Utah Warriors
Jensen continues to come into form on attack with six carries for 41 meters, a line break, and a tackle break. On defense he completed 12 tackles and had 25 ruck arrivals in the breakdown. He was a solid option for the Warriors in the aerial game coming down with five lineout takes.
Blindside Flanker, Andrew Guerra – NOLA Gold
Guerra continues to have a monster rookie season. Aggressively going after the holes in the New England defense on his eight carries for 46 meters, a line break, and two tackle breaks. On defense he completed 17 tackles and had 21 ruck arrivals in the breakdown. Showed his versatility being an option for the aerial game with two lineout takes.
Openside Flanker, Hanco Germishuys – Rugby United New York
Germishuys had a huge workrate game putting in hard carries, contributing at the breakdown and in defense. On attack he scored two tries from 12 carries for 58 meters, a line break, and an offload. On defense he made 12 tackles and had 16 ruck arrivals in the breakdown.
No 8., Lachlan McCaffrey – Austin Gilgronis
Sometimes a player wills their team forward and on Saturday that was McCaffrey. He caused problems for the San Diego defense by buttressing what was previously a soft ruck for Austin on his 25 ruck arrivals. On attack he scored a seven-point try from seven carries for 39 meters and two offloads. On defense he completed 15 tackles and also made two kicks in play for 82 meters.
Scrum-half, Cristian Rodriguez – Los Angeles Giltinis
In his first start, Rodriguez brought the same energy as the incumbent starter Goddard would for the Giltinis. Finding gaps in the Seattle line he scored a try from five carries for 86 meters, a line break and three tackle breaks.
Fly-half, Bautista Ezcurra – Rugby ATL
Ezcurra controlled the territory game continuously flipping the field against Old Glory by making 17 kicks for 554 meters. On attack he made five carries for 51 meters and a tackle break. He scored seven points from two conversions and a penalty.
Left Wing, Bjorn Basson – San Diego Legion
Basson was a machine for the Legion creating offense when it was needed with a key intercept or breaking through when his side was on the march. He scored two tries from eight carries for 150 meters, two line breaks, four tackle breaks, and an offload.
Inside Center, Calvin Whiting – Utah Warriors
Whiting went to work around the park shredding through the Houston defense on 14 carries for 115 meters, two tackle breaks, and two offloads. On defense he completed 14 tackles and had 11 ruck arrivals at the breakdown. He scored two points from a conversion.
Outside Center, Bryce Campbell – Austin Gilgronis
Campbell put together another solid performance in the mid-field scoring a try from eight carries for 56 meters, a line break, and two tackle breaks. On defense he completed 8 tackles and had 12 ruck arrivals in the breakdown.
Right Wing, Sitiveni Tamaivena – Seattle Seawolves
Tamaivena was a gamebreaker with the ball in hand scoring a try and almost getting another from five carries for 70 meters, a line break, three tackle breaks, and an offload. On defense he completed five tackles and had 13 ruck arrivals in the breakdown.
Fullback, Carl Meyer – NOLA Gold
Meyer back for his first start from injury proved key in the Gold win against the Free Jacks as he used his foot to control territory kicking six times for 171 meters. On attack he scored five points from a conversion and a penalty, and made seven carries for 57 meters.
Written by Aaron Castro
Gary Gold joins Pete and James to discuss USA Rugby's successful series
Championship-winning centre Adam Ashley-Cooper is taking on an exciting transition to coaching as a
Written by Joe Harvey | Photo by Brian Jackson Billy Meakes and
Written by Joe Harvey | Photos by Travis Prior Beating Canada 38-16
Former USA Eagle and MLR Commentator James Paterson joins Pete to catch
- LA Giltinis
- In the News
- MLR Collegiate Draft
- Utah Warriors
- Toronto Arrows
- Seattle Seawolves
- San Diego Legion
- Rugby United New York
- Rugby ATL
- Old Glory DC
- NOLA Gold
- New England Free Jacks
- Houston SaberCats
- Dallas Jackals
- Austin Gilgronis
- Press Releases
- League Announcements
- Team News
- MLR News
- September 2021 (9)
- August 2021 (17)
- July 2021 (60)
- June 2021 (63)
- May 2021 (67)
- April 2021 (49)
- March 2021 (35)
- February 2021 (14)
- January 2021 (15)
- December 2020 (14)
- November 2020 (7)
- October 2020 (13)
- September 2020 (13)
- August 2020 (11)
- July 2020 (17)
- June 2020 (14)
- May 2020 (8)
- April 2020 (3)
- March 2020 (24)
- February 2020 (42)
- January 2020 (13)
- December 2019 (7)
- November 2019 (7)
- October 2019 (9)
- September 2019 (7)
- August 2019 (5)
- July 2019 (11)
- June 2019 (51)
- May 2019 (75)
- April 2019 (88)
- March 2019 (78)
- February 2019 (76)
- January 2019 (51)
- December 2018 (7)
- November 2018 (10)
- October 2018 (8)
- September 2018 (12)
- August 2018 (14)
- July 2018 (10)
- June 2018 (46)
- May 2018 (43)
- April 2018 (34)
- March 2018 (25)
- February 2018 (31)
- January 2018 (37)
- December 2017 (10)
- November 2017 (25)
- October 2017 (25)
- July 2017 (1)
- March 2017 (2)