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
The lineups have been set for PRO Rugby's third week of action, with Ohio hosting San Francisco in its home opener and Denver making the trip to San Diego Sunday. The viewing information has also been determined, with the league having to make a separate television deal for Ohio matches.
Time Warner Cable will carry the Ohio home matches through its regional sports channels, but it will only be... Read More
Denver ruined San Francisco’s home opener Sunday at Boxer Stadium, winning 35-18 in PRO Rugby’s second week. The home team gained a 13-6 lead in the first half, but Denver scored 29 unanswered points to win the game. The result puts Denver alone in first place at 2-0. Only San Diego, which defeated Sacramento earlier in the day, is also unbeaten.
San Francisco opened with a penalty in the fourth... Read More
San Diego scored a 37-24 victory in its debut Saturday, beating visiting Sacramento at Torero Stadium on the campus of the University of San Diego. The hosts never trailed, taking a commanding 24-3 lead into halftime.
It was all penalty kicks to start the game, with two Kurt Morath goals sandwiching one from Sacramento’s Harry Bennett to give the home team a 6-3 advantage. In the 15th minute,... Read More