Gold top Colorado Raptors 27-20
NOLA Gold hit the road for the first time and came away with a 27-20 win over the Colorado Raptors Saturday, Feb. 22. The win put the Gold at 2-1 on the season. The Gold now sit in second place in the Eastern Conference.
The Gold got out to a quick start. The Gold put up 14 points in the first seven minutes with hooker Eric Howard touching down the first try and wing Julian Dominguez Widmer scoring the second. Center Carl Meyer successfully hit conversions on both of the tries.
From there, the Colorado Raptors controlled the rest of the first half. Scrumhalf Nick Boyer would take in a try in the 16th minute. The Raptors’ flyhalf Tomas Quinlen drilled two penalty kicks in the 27th and 32nd minute. The Gold held the lead 14-13 at the half.
It was all about Meyer for the Gold for the second half. Meyer would score 13 points in the half with two tries and a made penalty kick. Meyer’s second try would be a big near 50-meter try. Meyer’s scoring outburst gave the Gold 27-13 lead.
The Raptors brought it back to a one score game after a try by wing Jon Ryberg in the 69th minute bringing the score to 27-20 with a successful conversion.
The Raptors would make a late push, knocking on the door in the 79th minute near the 5-meter line. It appeared like they had the try however it came on a forward pass. The Gold were awarded a scrum which they would win to secure the 27-20 victory.
The Gold scored four tries to secure a bonus point, giving them 10 points and putting them in second place in the Eastern conference.
The Gold return home to face a tough challenge in the league leading San Diego Legion. San Diego is coming off a 30-21 win over the New England Free Jacks. The Gold will face them Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Shrine on Airline.
By Andrew Lang
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