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Sacramento Express go coast to coast for length of the field try

Sacramento Express go coast to coast for length of the field try
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The inaugural season of Pro Rugby in the USA is in full effect, as the week 12 showdown between the Sacramento Express and the San Fransisco Rush produced this brilliant coast to coast try, with a former All Black being beaten in the corner.

The score sprung from a severely over-cooked San Fransisco line out throw from about five meters out. US Eagle Langilangi Haupeakui seized the moment and produced a nasty side step and serious pace to rumble for roughly sixty meters.

From the look of things, he could’ve gotten perhaps twenty more at least. 

Support arrived and the Express were able to swing it the width of the field – with the help of an apparently accidental tip pass – to winger Cody Jerabek. Jerabek then beat former All Black Mils Muliaina to score in the corner.

Sacramento went on to win the match 43 – 19, with Haupeakui playing a huge part in the result.

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  • larry
    12:59 AM 13/07/2016

    The referee and touch judges aren't even wearing proper socks, for crissakes. Looks really "bush league" if I can use that American idiom. This competition is about equal to class A minor league baseball, and that ain't saying much. Trust me, pro rugby in America isn't going to take off. Many of the players in California had already played a full season, starting in November, through to April, with club sides or college sides, and then if they got picked to play in this professional league, they had no breaks between the end of the amateur competition and the beginning of this competition. And of course that is a great problem in America: rugby is played at different times of the year because of weather, and there's different climates to consider.

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  • larry
    12:51 AM 13/07/2016

    Check the attendance figures for the games back to April when the "season" started. Very low attendance. San Francisco averaged about 1,000 per match, in a 3,500 seat venue. Not good. Sacramento did a bit better with their attendance. I mean, if I'm going to go up to SF from where I live, in the Santa Cruz area some 80 miles south, I'm going to see the San Francisco Giants play, not the San Francisco Rush!

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  • 10:36 PM 05/07/2016

    Hope we can get a team in this competition next year. It's exactly what NA needs to take the game to the next level.

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