OK I said that round 2 had a lot to live up to round 1 of MLR and boy it did just that with 2 major upsets! Craig has written a good roundup of all the action over at The Runner Sports.
After Round 2 picking is going to be really hard this week as the cat really was thrown amongst the pigeons. We still have the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) going on meaning that players are missing from their teams. So all I can say is good luck.
Here is my video with my MLR 2019 Round 3 Predictions:
Austin Elite v Toronto Arrows – Toronto Arrows by 3
Austin Elite have had a poor start to the season with 2 losses. However this weekend they face the Toronto Arrows who not only have had an opening loss but are the only Canadian team. That means they are really impacted by the ARC. Think of the Scottish or Italian Pro14 teams and there are 2 professional sides over there. However with the Austin Elite sitting bottom of The Runner Sports power rankings I’m going to a narrow away win.
San Diego Legion v Houston SaberCats – San Diego Legion by 5
Well San Diego made a statement last weekend by beating the Champions! However losing Pietersen to injury is going to be a big loss for them. The SaberCats are a really unfenced side, they have won their only game so far this season but still sit 8th in the power rankings. To be fair that win was by a solitary point over Austin. That means even with the loss of their flyhalf I’m backing San Diego’s improved forwards to do the job here.
New Orleans Gold v Seattle Seawolves – Seattle Seawolves by 3
The real surprise of the season has to be NOLA who are top of the table with 2 wins including beating Glendale! Things doing get any easier for them this week as a wounded Seattle come to town. Is there any worse opponent than the previous champions coming off the back of a loss with something to prove? This is the game of the round and if NOLA win here they will become real contenders in everyones minds. I’m still going with the away win on the bounce back from Seattle.
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