The Colorado Raptors edged the Eastern Conference leaders, the Toronto Arrows 22-19 on Friday, March 6 at Infinity Park at Glendale.
With the win, the Raptors moved into second place in the Western Conference with other Conference teams in action either Saturday or Sunday. The Arrows picked up a losing bonus point and despite the loss, should continue in first-place in the Eastern Conference after the weekend.
Colorado Raptors vs Toronto Arrows Match Recap
Colorado Raptors took an early lead after two penalty goals by Robbie Petzer before Sam Malcolm answered back with one of his own to cut the lead to 6-3.
John Ryberg showed what he could do in open space as he picked up a loose ball and motored in for a long try to push the lead to 11-3. The Arrows answered back with a try by Gaston Mieres with Malcolm converting and it was a one points match at 11-10.
A Raptors penalty had the Arrows taking their first lead in the 32nd minute with Malcolm slotting a penalty goal, 11-13.
Discipline issues impacted both sides in the closing minutes of the half with Rene Ranger sent to the bin in the 37th minutes and Andrew Quattrin in the 39th with Petzer adding a Raptors penalty to re-take a 14-13 lead at the break.
On the opening kick of the half, the ball was muffed by Leandro Leivas with Mika Kruse scoring a quick try, 19-13.
The Arrows cut the lead in the 63rd minute to 19-16 with another penalty goal by Malcolm and then leveled the match at 19 all after Marco Fepulea’i was sent to the bin for a high tackle.
In the 75th minute, Luke White crashed into the opposition and a not release penalty resulted in the Raptors kicking for points. Petzer slotted his third penalty goal to take a 22-19 lead and then the Raptors were at full strength again.
The Arrows attacked deep inside Raptors territory and the defense was stellar in keeping Toronto from scoring. Finally, an Arrows penalty at the breakdown allowed Boyer to kick to touch to claim the victory.
Colorado Raptors vs Toronto Arrows Squads with Player Article Links & Match Preview
Colorado Raptors: 1 Sakaria Taulafo 2 Chad Gough 3 Marco Fepulea’i 4 Luke White (C) 5Dakota O’Neil 6 Michael Curry 7 Connor Cook 8 Sam Slade 9 Carlo De Nysschen10 Ata Malifa 11 John Ryberg 12 Robbie Petzer 13 Rene Ranger 14 Mika Kruse 15 Mason Emerson 16 Jay Finau 17 Xendy Tatibouet 18 Kelepi Fifita 19 Brendan Daly 20 Michael Stewart 21 Tomas Quinlan 22 Ryan James 23 Nick Boyer
Toronto Arrows: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 Andrew Quattrin 3 Richie Asiata 4 Kolby Francis 5 Paul Ciulini 6 Tomas de la Vega 7 Lucas Rumball (C) 8 Manuel Diana 9 Andrew Ferguson 10 Taylor Adams 11 Leandro Leivas 12 Guiseppe du Toit 13 Ben LaSage14 Gaston Mieres 15 Sam Malcolm 16 Steven Ng 17 Pat Lynott 18 Cole Keith 19 Josh Van Horne 20 Peter Milazzo 21 Riley DiNardo 22 Mitch Richardson 23 Will Kelly