The Gold had four players with Week 3 MLR First XV nods.
Hooker, Matt Harmon (New Orleans Gold) – With Howard away with Canada, Matt filled those shoes, providing accurate lineout throws for the Gold, helping run their set-piece. Hooking the ball efficiently on all 13 Gold scrums, Harmon provided excellent tempo off the attacking platform.
Openside Flanker, Zack Stryffeler (New Orleans Gold) – Zack’s consistency over the past three weeks cannot be denied. On Sunday against the Seawolves, he went to work again making 13 tackles as the heart and soul of the defense. On attack, he carried the ball 12 times for 73 meters — with a keen offload for a try-assist to Tikoisuva.
Right Wing, Tristan Blewett (New Orleans Gold) – The defensive spark plug for the Gold, Tristan made one of the more momentum shifting tackles of the match when he tackled Ben Cima deep in Seawolves territory. He scored an important try in the second half to deflate the Seawolves comeback.
Fullback, Jean Pierre “JP” Eloff (New Orleans Gold) – JP continues to be a disruptive force for the NOLA Gold, slicing through opponents for 153 meters on nine carries, making four tackle-breaks and offloading at the right time. Putting the ball in play with his kicking game, JP made 351 meters from nine kicks to put pressure on the Seawolves in their own half.
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Write up information pulled from article by Aaron Castro, MLR Staff Writer. Picture: Craig Boudreaux
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