Free Jacks Look To Secure No. 1 Seed In Playoffs This Saturday Against Top Of The Eastern Table Rivals, NOLA Gold

New England Free Jacks @ NOLA Gold

When: Saturday, June 22, 2024, 6pm EST

Where: The Gold Mine on Airline, New Orleans, LA

Watch: FS2, The Rugby Network (Outside the USA)

 

Match Preview: 

The Free Jacks head south this week as they fly to New Orleans to face the 2nd in the East NOLA Gold. Entering this weekend, New England remains atop the Eastern Conference with a 10-4 record after a 36-27 win over Utah last Sunday. The Free Jacks currently lead NOLA by 7 table points and hold a 14-point advantage over 3rd-place DC.

In last week’s game against Utah, flanker Jed Melvin led the team with 16 tackles and scored a hat-trick of tries, earning him ‘MLR Player of the Week’ honors. In the backs, Jayson Potroz and Wayne Van der Bank impressed once again; Potroz, the kiwi flyhalf scored 16 points and ran  for 132 meters, while the South African center, van der Bank  ran for 91 meters and led the team in carries with 10.

Back on the road, the Free Jacks aim to secure home field advantage in the playoffs with a win as they strive to clinch the top seed in the Conference this Saturday.

 

Scouting

NOLA is back at home this week after a 38-21 win in Los Angeles in Round 16, where flyhalf Reece Botha led the team with 13 points.

The Gold currently sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-5, and a total of 43 points (7 points above 3rd place Old Glory DC). 

NOLA plays a fast-paced yet physical brand of rugby, which starts in the forwards with big, aggressive ball carriers like Tom Florence and Moni Tonga’uiha. In the backs, reliable MLR veteran JP du Plessis is a dangerous runner at center, and former Free Jack Taniela Filimone brings the pace out wide, and is currently 3rd in the MLR in tries scored with 9.

All time against NOLA

6-3

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