Now that the Olympics are over—well, the rugby part anyway—it is time to reflect on the first season of PRO Rugby. Does this first year gie us a sense of the kind of on-field identity the league will have? Does looking at the data from PRO add to or challenge the conventional wisdom?
The game is wonderfully complicated, but when the whistle is blown for a penalty there is a moment in which the... Read More
With the first PRO Rugby season complete, it is time to name a Season 15, Play of the Season, and MVP. As much as I like to keep things quantitative, there is certainly some qualitative influence.
Team of the Season
Jamie Mackintosh – Over and over again, Mackintosh was a steadying influence for Ohio in attack. He also brought an aggression that served the side well.
Zach Fenoglio – He did... Read More
It took Ohio all 80 minutes to manage a win against Denver, but the victory was not enough to win the first PRO Rugby title. Ohio scored a converted try in the final play to make the final score 32-25. The crowd in Obetz celebrated the final score which gave Ohio the win, though those heroics were not enough for them to end at the top of the table.
Denver headed into the match four points up on... Read More
News has broken recently of the Guinness Pro 12 considering an American franchise. This isn’t a new idea, but the fact that the CEO of the Irish Rugby Football Union is talking about it, as is outgoing USA Rugby Board chairman Bob Latham, lends more weight to the possibility.
Here’s a story from the Welsh media on why the move might make sense for the Pro 12, despite the obvious logistical... Read More
It is a pretty neat trick that the first PRO Rugby season that does not have a championship game still has a championship game. When Ohio hosts Denver, the winner will end up at the top of the table and, therefore, will be the year one champion.
There are two big questions floating around in my head this week: Who is going to win in the match between Denver and Ohio, and what happened to San... Read More
PRO Rugby’s Week 11 happens on Sunday, with Sacramento traveling to Denver and San Francisco to Ohio. There were two upsets in Week 10, with San Francisco beating San Diego and Ohio defeating Denver. The fundamentals, the underlying numbers, suggested that heading into Week 10, Ohio and San Francisco weren’t as far back from their hosts as their standings in the league table suggested.
What do... Read More
Ohio earned its first road win Sunday, beating Sacramento 31-11 at Sacramento's Bonney Field. The win moved the visitors to 2-1 on the season, and the loss dropped the home team to 1-2.
Shaun Davies missed a penalty 90 seconds in. Sacramento’s first opportunity for points was converted, as Mirco Bergamasco slotted a penalty in the early goings, putting Sacramento up 3-0. He added another in the... Read More
Ohio rebounded from an embarrassing loss in its debut two weeks ago with a dominant 51-17 defeat of San Francisco at Memorial Park in Obetz, Ohio Sunday. Ohio never trailed, and the result was hardly in doubt. Wing Spike Davis, flyhalf JP Eloff and No. 8 Sebastian Kalm scored two tries a piece.
Davis slammed over the opening try in the corner after several phases put Ohio on the front foot. He... Read More
Denver held off a late surge by the home team to move to 2-0 with a 22-16 win at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. The visitors held a 22-9 lead with less than 15 minutes to go but were inches from losing it in the final seconds.
San Diego got up first via a penalty from flyhalf Kurt Morath, but Denver grabbed the lead near the 10th minute and never relinquished it. The vistors put the pressure... Read More