Utah Warriors Will Try To Carry Momentum Over Against Houston SaberCats
May 18, 2023, 2:50 PM
(Courtesy of Utah Warriors Rugby)
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Warriors will face off against the Houston SaberCats at home in Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday.
The Warriors hold the 4th seed in the West with a 7-4 record. The SaberCats sit in the 3rd seed with a record of 7-4.
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Warriors, SaberCats Match Preview
Utah and Houston will face off for the second time this season. The first came in week seven at SaberCats Stadium in Houston.
Utah pulled out a 6-point win, 30-24, in front of the SaberCats crowd.
— Utah Warriors Rugby (@utwarriorsrugby) April 9, 2023
Warriors head coach Greg Cooper explained that Houston is one of the most physical teams in the league.
“They bring a huge amount of physicality, they carry hard, they contest very good in the air, and they bring a very forward, direct-based game,” said Cooper.
The Warriors are coming off a tough 10-point loss to the San Diego Legion at home on Saturday.
The SaberCats last game was a 17-point home loss, 34-17, against the Seattle Seawolves.
— Utah Warriors Rugby (@utwarriorsrugby) May 14, 2023
The Warriors got back on track against Dallas after a tough loss to San Diego the week prior.
Despite the identical record, Houston has scored more and allowed fewer tries than Utah this season. However, a win over Houston would propel Utah into the Western Conference’s third seed.
“It’s a really important game, A win for us means we move ahead of them. You could feel the edge in training this week,” said Cooper.
You ready? Week 14 starts tonight.
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Only three teams in the MLR can say they have a better record than 7-4. Two of them, Seattle and San Diego, sit atop the West.