The NOLA Gold rugby team will look to win its second straight home game to begin their second regular season.
The Gold (1-0) will welcome the Glendale Raptors (0-1) to Gold Stadium on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. (CST) on Cox Sports TV.
— CST (@CoxSportsTV) January 31, 2019
The Gold, which competes in Major League Rugby, defeated the visiting Toronto Arrows 36-31 on Jan. 26 according to the Times Colonist. It was the first-ever game for the expansion Arrows franchise.
The Gold led 24-7 at the half. The Arrows trimmed the deficit to 31-26 in the 71st minute when the official called the Gold for penalty due to a knock-on close to the goal line.
Two minutes later, the Gold answered back after Riley Di Nardo’s had his box kick blocked. Tristan Blewett, a South African native, kicked the ball forward and was the first to get it and touch it down.
The Gold had an impressive first half, with two late tries in the sin-bin from Toronto fullback Jack Evans. Australian natives Scott Gale and Con Foley, Timothy Maupin and Canadian Eric Howard converted tries for the Gold.
The Gold have three Canadian internationals on the roster: front-rowers Howard and Hubert Buydens as well as flanker Kyle Baillie.
The Raptors lost a tight 20-18 contest to the host Seattle Seawolves in their season opener on Jan. 27.
NOLA posted a 3-5-0 record and placed sixth (out of in the then-seven-team) during the inaugural 2018 MLR season.
The Runner Sports touts the Gold as a “dark horse” to qualify for the 2019 MLR playoffs. The Gold added impactful players such as Baillie and forwards Ignacio Dotti, Kane Thompson and Cam Dolan.
South African center Tristan Blewett is another player for fans to keep an eye on.
How about this finish from Tristan Blewett?! https://t.co/hXoOuZzmcs
— NOLA Gold Rugby (@nolagoldrugby) January 29, 2019
“The Gold are much improved for 2019 and could make some big moves in the league,” The Runner Sports said.