NOLA Gold started off the season in dominant fashion, taking down Old Glory DC 46-13. The Gold finished with seven tries to knock off the expansion Old Glory DC.
Eight man Cam Dolan led the way with three tries for the Gold including leading off the scoring. Dolan downplayed the tries however.
“I only had three from a total of 12 yards,” Dolan said. “So, the front row did a real good job in the front of those scrums.”
NOLA Gold dominated out of scrums with Moni Tongauhia also touching down a pair of tries, the first time he’s put up two tries in a game in his career.
Moni Tongauhia started the game after often coming off the bench much of last season.
“In this league it’s next man up, and I was just ready this year,” Moni Tongauhia said. “All offseason, you know, I had to go to work to, so I’m just humbled where I’m at.
Old Glory DC was missing a number of its scrummagers though including most notably the “Beast” Tendai Mtwarawira. The scrums proved to be the turning point with several NOLA Gold tries coming out of the scrums.
The Gold took a 14-0 lead to start the game out. However, Old Glory scored the next 8 points to get it back to a one-try game. The Gold dominated the rest of the game however going up 46-8 before Old Glory put up the final points in the 78th minute to bring it to the final score of 46-13.
Offseason addition wing Julian Dominguez Widmer probably put up the biggest highlight for NOLA Gold beating two men for his first career try for NOLA Gold in the 56th minute.
“That try that he scored, I think he made me and everyone else forget about Tristan Blewett in that one play,” Head Coach Nathan Osborne said.
NOLA Gold will come away with 5 points in the standings after scoring four tries to secure the bonus point to go along with the 4 points from the win.
Next week, NOLA Gold will take on Rugby ATL Sunday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. at the Shrine on Airline with Rugby ATL coming off their first win in franchise history in their first game in franchise history, taking down the Utah Warriors 28-19.
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