Utah Warriors On The Road For Rematch Vs. Houston

Jun 25, 2021, 12:52 PM
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HERRIMAN, Utah – The Utah Warriors are back on the road this Saturday, June 26, to take on the Houston Sabercats at AVEVA Stadium in a Week 15 matchup.

Saturdayโ€™s match will mark the sixth time that Utah and Houston have faced off, with the Warriors holding the series lead 3-2 after a 50-43 victory in Week Six this season.

Coming off a 33-15 loss in Week 14, Houston enters the game with a record of 2-11 as the Sabercats currently sit in last-place in Major League Rugbyโ€™s Western Division with 13 table points.

โ€œHouston is going to be a huge match for us,โ€ said Warriors Head Coach Shawn Pittman. โ€œTheyโ€™ve been very unlucky in a few of their matches, so we canโ€™t sleep on them this weekend. They pose some unique challenges for us when it comes to the style of rugby they like to play, as they are a set-piece and kick-heavy team that is going to try and play in the right areas around the park.โ€

Utah enters the match in second-place in MLRโ€™s Western Conference with an 8-5 record and 46 table points. The Warriors hope they can see a similar offensive output as their first match against Houston earlier in the season, in which they scored a season-high 50 points.

โ€œThe last time we played Houston we were able to put 50 points on the board, but this is going to be a very different game playing in Houston with the humidity and heat,โ€ said Assistant Coach Shaun Davies. โ€œWe are going to have to limit our turnovers while still playing our brand of fast, physical rugby in the right areas. We know if weโ€™re able to hold onto the ball and break down the opposition, then good things will happen for us on offense.โ€

While Pittman was pleased with the Warriorsโ€™ performance on the offensive side of the ball in the two teamsโ€™ first meeting, he would like to see a better showing on defense after giving up 43 points to the Sabercats in Week Six.

โ€œDefense is our biggest area that we need to work on,โ€ said Pittman. โ€œWeโ€™ve created structures in preparation for this match that will hopefully get us defending better on the pitch and not giving up as many points this time around.โ€

The game will be the final match for the six members of the Utah Warriors who have been called up to their respective national teams before they leave for Summer Tours, which will force them to miss Utahโ€™s July 10 match against Atlanta. Davies hopes that Utah can send them off to international duties on the right foot with a victory this weekend.

โ€œWeโ€™re looking for the boys who are leaving for the international window to really take control of this game,โ€ said Davies. We want them to leave with as much confidence as possible and in order to do so theyโ€™re going to need to leave their mark on the game.โ€

Utah Warriors vs. Houston Sabercats

Date: June 26, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM (MDT)
Where: AVEVA Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Broadcast: KSL Sports.com and the KSL Sports app
Radio: 700 AM and 960 AM

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