The Houston SaberCats host NOLA Gold Rugby Club on January 25 at 7 pm CT at AVEVA Stadium. Last week the SaberCats lost 29-19 to the Tasman Mako while NOLA Gold lost an expanded match with three periods to Rugby ATL 34-33.
Head Coach Paul Healy has made eight changes in the starters from last week’s match against the Tasman Mako. Boyd Wiggins and Mathew Faogali are at tighthead prop and No. 8, respectively with Diego Magno switching from No.8 to lock.
Backs changes include halfbacks, Jake Christmann and Zachary Short, inside center Taylor Howden, wings Tim Stanfill and Zack Godfrey with Kieran Farmer at fullback.
Reserve changes include the return of Malacchi Esdale from the Coral Coast Sevens with the USA Falcons and the addition of Max Wilson and James Lewis.
With the Major League Rugby season ready to begin in two weeks, Nat Osborne will want to fine-tune his squad against the SaberCats tonight. The squad is an experienced one with the team having a chance to develop cohesion.
Houston SaberCats: 1 Valdemar Lee-Lo 2 Gabe Romero 3 Boyd Wiggins 4 Kyle Breytenbach 5 Diego Magno 6 Luke Beauchamp 7 Cecil Garber 8 Mathew Faoagali 9 Jake Christmann10 Zachary Short 11 Tim Stanfill 12 Taylor Howden 13 Matias Freyre 14 Zack Godfrey 15 Kieran Farmer Reserves 16 Charlie Connolly 17 Max Wilson 18 Adriaan Booysen 19 James Lewis 20 Max Tacket 21 Tiaan Loots 22 Malacchi Esdale 23 Osea Kolinisau 23 Sam Windsor 24 Dewet Roos Head Coach Paul Healy
NOLA Gold: 1 Kevin Sullivan 2 Eric Howard 3 Dino Waldren 4 Ignacio Dotti 5 Kyle Baillie (C) 6 Moni Tongauiha 7 Malcolm May 8 Cam Dolan 9 Holden Yungert 10 Scott Gale 11 Shawn Riley 12 Con Foley (VC) 13 Ross Depperschmidt 14 Tim Maupin 15 Nick Feakes Reserves 16 Matt Harmon 17 John Sullivan 18 Ben Tarr 19 Kane Thompson 20 Billy Stewart 21 Tabo Maree 22 Kevin O’Connor 23 Robbie Coleman 24 Jojo Tikoisuva 25 Brian Ptomey 26 Jonathan Poole