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.
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.
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 Slade 9 Nick 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