It was a week where there wasn’t a whole lot left on the line, as the league’s title fight is already set for next weekend, but PRO Rugby’s teams didn’t need any extra incentive in order to put on the most exciting weekend of matches to date. The results of both matches this week were up in the air with less than ten minutes remaining, a nice change of pace in a league where matches have been decided by halftime with increasing regularity.
This past weekend’s match was the first of a three week stretch where teams will find themselves short-handed due to the international break. San Diego was clearly hit harder by their losses, while Ohio saw a few reinforcements come in and put in huge performances. Meanwhile in international play, the USA Eagles are still in camp but PRO Rugby players have already made an impact for Canada and Tonga.
The second weekend of matches has wrapped up and it seems like we now have an outline of the hierarchy in PRO Rugby. Last week’s match between Sacramento and San Francisco featured a thrilling display of the league’s potential, but the rawness of the two teams became more apparent when they faced off against San Diego and Denver this weekend.