Cloudy skies, temperatures set in the low 70’s set the scene for a team looking to bounce back following a 22-13 home loss to the D.C United where they were shut out in the second half of the match, Houston Sabercats(1-2) takes on Rugby United of New York(2-1). Desperate and determine for a win the Cats must capitalize on the forced penalties, an area which they failed to do against D.C United. Coming into this game New York has a one-point point scored to points allowed advantage(85-84).
Big New York hits and an overpowering offense led to a big first-half deficit for the Cats. Coming into this game, Rugby United has moments where they have scored big this season. Houston inept first-half performance allowed New York to take advantage of sloppy play on both sides of the ball. Handling errors, bad angles, and missed tackles, the Sabercats looked inferior to New York earlier and often throughout the first half.
A team scoring effort, Rugby United scored three try’s in that first half of the match, Fawsitt(7:28), Mattina(18:15), and Ryan(29).
As it seemed Rugby United would run away with this match and hand Houston its third straight loss, Sam Windsor then takes matters into his own hands knocking down 2 penalty kicks and runs in short try(57) to close the gap, 24-16. The Cats then spent a several-minute stretch where the Cats could not capitalize on being in New York’s territory to tie the game. Eventually, Houston was able to come within one-point off a blocked kick, that fell into the hands of Taylor Howden (70:15) resulting in a big run try.
Ultimately, the game came down to the final minutes and with the game on the line, Marsh (70:15) scored the dagger with a short try off an intercepted Cats mishandle error. After a hard fought comeback attempt, the Sabercats fell short and loses their third straight match 31-23.
The Sabercats will take on the Austin Gilgronis in a Texas showdown next Saturday, at home, Aveva Stadium for 7 P.M.
Tries-S. Windsor(57)T. Howden(70)
Pens- S. Windsor(24,42,50)
Referee: Enrique Pontais
Assistants: Jamie Nutbrown, Greg Varnell