The Glendale Raptors survived a 32-0 deficit to the Houston SaberCats and came back to win 52-44 on Saturday, April 6 at Infinity Park at Glendale.
The Glendale Raptors are in second place with a 5-2-3 record with 33 points. The Houston SaberCats are in 7th place with a 2–6 record with 11 points.
The Glendale Raptors enter a bye week before traveling to San Diego to face the Legion on April 20. The Houston SaberCats will open their new rugby dedicated stadium, Aveeva Stadium, on April 13 against the Seattle Seawolves.
The SaberCats went into Infinity Park and played inspired rugby against the Glendale Raptors, a team which was undefeated at home. They struck quickly with 32 unanswered points early in the match, before the Raptors staged a comeback.
Houston’s scrum created problems early for Glendale and resulted in two penalty tries. The team added a penalty goal and after a scrum collapse sent Kelepi Fifita to the bin, Sam Windsor slotted another kick to push the lead to 20-0.
Glendale struck quickly at the beginning of the half with a run by Murphy Taramai and an offload to Peter Dahl for a try. From the ensuing restart, Luke White offloaded to Robbie Petzer to cut the lead to 32-28 after the second Magie conversion of the half.
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Glendale Raptors: 1 Blake Rogers 2 Chad Gough 3 Kelepi Fifita 4 William Munro 5 Luke White 6 Brendan Daly 7 Hanco Germishuys 8 Murphy Taramai 9 Shaun Davies (C) 10 Will Magie 11 Harley Davidson 12 Robbie Petzer 13 Chad London14 John Ryberg 15 Maximo de Achaval 16 Zach Fenoglio 17 Marco Fepulea’i18 Max Lum 19 Peter Dahl 20 Malon Al-Jiboori 21 Carlo De Nysschen 22 Ata Malifa 23 Dylan Taikato-Simpson
Houston SaberCats: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Pat O’Toole 3 Charlie Connolly 4 Diego Magno 5 Matt Trouville (C) 6 Luke Beauchamp 7 Cecil Garber 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Connor Murphy 10 Sam Windsor 11 Malacchi Esdale 12 Osea Kolinisau 13 Max Tacket 14 Kelly Kolberg 15 Zach Pangelinan 16 Amro Gouda 17 Jake Turnbull 18 Jamie Dever 19 Victor Comptat 20 Chris Parker 21 Chris Coyle 22 Conor Mills 23 Deion Mikesell + Head Coach Justin Fitzpatrick