Colorado Raptors Comeback Falls Short as NOLA Gold Win

The Colorado Raptors lost 27-20 to NOLA Gold in their home opener at Infinity Park at Glendale on February 22, their second loss at home since the league began.

The Colorado Raptors record falls to 0-3 after losing to the Houston SaberCats, to San Diego Legion, and now to NOLA Gold. They are in sixth place in the Western Conference.

NOLA Gold’s record improved to 2-1 as they began the season win over Old Glory DC, lost to Rugby ATL, and beat the Raptors. They are in second place in the Eastern Conference with 10 points.

Colorado Raptors vs NOLA Gold Match Recap

NOLA Gold attacked from a lineout following Tomas Quinlan stepping into touch. Kane Thompson secured the throw and Eric Howard mauled in for a try with Carl Meyer converting for a 7-0 lead.

Julian Dominguez added another try down the left wide channel with Meyer converting again, 14-0.

A Nick Boyer try after a scrum with Quinlan adding the extras, cut the lead to 14-7. Quinlan added two penalty goals before the break to cut the lead to 14-13.

Second Half

NOLA Gold opened the scoring in the half with Tim Maupin quick hands from a set-piece for a try by Carl Meyer, 19-13.  Meyer added a penalty goal and a try to push the lead to 27-13.

Following a yellow card by Holden Yungert, the Raptors struck back with a try by John Ryberg with Quinlan converting to draw to within seven, 27-20.

Colorado almost was in contention to be within a conversion of drawing the match, as Chad London grounded. The referee ruled, however, that Ata Malifa’s pass went forward to London and NOLA Gold left with a win.

Squads with Player Article Links & Match Preview

Colorado Raptors: 1 Sakaria Taulafo 2 Chad Gough 3 Marco Fepulea’i 4 Dakota O’Neil  5 Luke White (C) 6 Brendan Daly 7 Michael Stewart 8 Sam SladeNick Boyer 10 Tomas Quinlan 11 John Ryberg 12 Robbie Petzer 13 Chad London 14 Mika Kruse 15 Seth Halliman 16 Jay Finau 17 Xendy Tatibouet 18 Kelepi Fifita 19 Michael Curry 20 Connor Cook 21 Ata Malifa  22 Ryan James 23 Carlo De Nysschen

NOLA Gold: 1 Matt Harmon 2 Eric Howard 3 Dino Waldren 4 Kane Thompson 5 Billy Stewart 6 Kyle Baillie (C) 7 Moni Tongauiha 8 Cam Dolan 9 Holden Yungert 10 Robbie Coleman 11 Julian Dominguez Widmer 12 Con Foley (VC) 13  Tim Maupin 14 Shawn Riley 15 Carl Meyer 16 Cam Falcon17 Kevin Sullivan 18 Ben Tarr 19 Malcolm May 20 Lindsey Stevens 21 Jojo Tikoisuva 22 Ross Depperschmidt 23 Trace Bolstad

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