Final Update: Rugby ATL in Las Vegas
Atlanta, Ga (Jan 21st).
Rugby ATL closed out it’s pre-season tour to Las Vegas with a close 26-32 loss to an experienced Colorado Raptors squad on Saturday afternoon.
This followed on from 2 controlled scrimmages with the Utah Warriors. Rugby ATL will practice in Marietta through Saturday Jan 25th and then make their way to Virginia to play their final pre-season match against fellow newcomers to the league, Old Glory DC.
On Thursday night, Rugby ATL faced off in a controlled 86 minute scrimmage with another seasoned MLR team, the Utah Warriors.
The scrimmage allowed both teams to work offensive and defensive set pieces, restarts and other situational match scenarios.
After a treatment and a film session on Friday morning, the teams met up again for another controlled hit up between the squads.
The Forwards coaches of both teams – Blake Bradford (Rugby ATL) & Shawn Pittman (Utah Warriors) co-led the scrum and lineout sessions.
The attach and defensive session work for the backs was led by Shawn Davies (newly appointed backs coach at Utah) and Lee Allan (new attack coach at Rugby ATL, more recently from Otago), led the attack and defensive work work the backs.
“We were grateful to the Warriors for the chance to compete both on Thursday night and Friday morning. They are a dangerous team with ball in hand and stretched us defensively. It was another opportunity for us to grow in consistency and cohesion and we got good value from the sessions” said Coach & GM Scott Lawrence.
Rugby ATL will enter it’s final match of this Las Vegas preseason Saturday afternoon against the Colorado Raptors in Maderia Park at 4:30 PM PST.
Rugby ATL will dress 24 on Saturday as the coaching staff is still actively searching for the right personnel to dress on opening day against Utah Warriors on Feb 9th.
Tickets are still available at rugbyatl.rugby/tickets
Atlanta, Ga (Wed January 15th) . After a few days of post match recovery and preparation and Rugby ATL jetted off to Last Vegas to continue pre-season preparation.
Rugby ATL will play a scenario based scrimmage against Utah Warriors at 7PM on Thursday Jan 16th at Charlie Frias Park in South West Las Vegas suburbs. This will be followed by a full 80 minute match against the Colorado Raptors at 4.30PM on Saturday Jan 18th at Madeira Canyon Park in Southern Last Vegas Suburbs. Details on any streaming of each event are not yet known.
The team will return to Atlanta on Sunday Jan 19th and then prepare for their final pre-season Match against Old Glory, DC at 6PM EST at the Saint James Complex in Springfield, Virginia on Sunday 26th January.
Tickets for the first regular season match at home against Utah Warriors on Feb 9th are selling fast. Be sure to secure yours ahead of time at rugbyatl.rugby/tickets
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