Major League Rugby, Final Round: East playoffs confirmed, Giltinis primed to top West

๐Ÿ†• The Playbook Power Rankings, ๐™๐™ฅ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™

โฌ†๏ธ #Eagles [+4]
โฌ†๏ธ #Dolphins [+5]
โฌ†๏ธ #Jaguars [+4]

โฌ‡๏ธ #Raiders [-11]
โฌ‡๏ธ #Chargers [-4]
โฌ‡๏ธ #Giants [-4]

Here’s how the data sees it heading into Week 4.

#NFLPowerRankings #NFL
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

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The two remaining undefeated teams in the #NFL have Top 5 offenses for:

๐Ÿ”บ TDs scored
๐Ÿ”บ QB passer rating
๐Ÿ”บ Passing yards
๐Ÿ”บ Yards per play
๐Ÿ”บ Yards per drive
๐Ÿ”บ 3rd-down conversion %
๐Ÿ”บ 4th-down conversion %

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Garrett Wilson (32) – #Jets
Chris Olave (29) – #Saints
Drake London (25) – #Falcons
Jahan Dotsun (18) – #Commanders
Treylon Burks (13) – #Titans

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Week 3 saw some phenomenal catches in the NFL.

In fact, each of @NextGenStats’ Top 5 most improbable completions across the 2022 #NFL season (so far) occurred this weekend.

Let’s take a look at each one.

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With one round of regular season fixtures to go, we take an in-depth review of this weekend’s action as the race to cement Conference Final play-off places reaches a crescendo.

Austin bounce back to keep pressure on Giltinis

It was a ferocious battle in Austin as two Western heavyweights battled it out, both with Play-Off aspirations on the line. The Gilgronis needed a reaction after a shock loss to Utah in R16, which ultimately cost them top spot in the West to their rivals LA. San Diego still had plenty to play for, knowing a win would keep them in contention for a play-off Eliminator spot.

With the top two teams for points scored in the 2022 regular season facing each other, it was a battle that lived up to the expectation. The Gilgronis highlighted their intent within the first 7 minutes. With an attacking, free-flowing style that we’ve seen all season, they struck first as scrum-half, Ryan Louwrens pounced over the gain line after a number of slick offloads.

That immediately set the tone for the match and by half-time the Gilgronis had stretched their lead to 31-14. Austin look set to banish the demons of Round 16.

 

In the battle of the penalty kickers, Gilgronis Mack Mason came out on top. It was the penalty count that hampered San Diego’s game plan. With 3 penalty kicks, all successfully completed, for Austin compared to 0 for Legion, it was accuracy that counted.

San Diego’s Joe Pietersen continues to be the leading point scorer (142), while Mason lies fifth (82) with one more regular-season round to go.

With more tries (5-4), more conversions successfully completed (5-3) and penalties kicked (3-0), Austin in the end exhibited their attacking ruthlessness.

Final score: Austin Gilgronis 44 – 28 San Diego Legion

Austin have put themselves back in a position to fight for the top spot in the Western Conference with LA and with it the chance to have home advantage in the Conference Finals. They entertain third-place Houston next.

For San Diego, their late charge was not enough and with this being their final game of the season they will finish just outside the play-offs.

Other results

  • New England Free Jacks 57 – 5 NOLA Gold
  • ย Old Glory DC 49 – 59 Rugby New York
  • Utah Warriors 32 – 39 LA Giltinis
  • Rugby ATL 34 – 23 Toronto Arrows
  • Seattle Seawolves 43 – 36 Houston SaberCats

Here’s how the Conferences check out…

Play-off outlook: Eastern Conference

New England Free Jacks have confirmed their place in the Eastern Conference finals and the winners of the regular-season table, with a nine-point advantage over Rugby ATL who currently occupy second.

Both Rugby ATL (2nd) and Rugby New York (3rd) have their Conference Eliminator places confirmed with 52 points each. Toronto Arrows, the nearest challenges in fourth, are too far behind with 40 points to make a late contest.

QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS – MAY 29: Fireworks are seen after the New England Free Jacks victory against NOLA Gold at Veterans Memorial Stadium on May 29, 2022 in Quincy, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images for New England Free Jacks)

Play-off outlook: Western Conference

Either LA Giltinis or Austin Gilgronis will progress straight through to the Conference finals. LA have fate in their own hands. If they win, they finish first, but lose and Austin will be ready to pounce with a win against Texan rivals, Houston.

Houston know their place in the Conference Eliminator is confirmed after fourth-place San Diego Legion finished their campaign in Round 17. Will they look to rest key members of the squad knowing they will potentially be back to play the Gilgronis?

Los Angeles, CA – May 08: in the first half of a Major League Rugby match at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 8, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Final Round fixtures

  • Rugby ATL (10-5) v NOLA Gold (4-11), Friday 3rd June 7:00pm (ET)
  • New England Free Jacks (13-2) v Rugby New York (10-5), Friday 3rd June 7:00pm (ET)
  • Houston SaberCats (9-6) v Austin Gilgronis (11-4), Friday 3rd June 9:00pm (ET)
  • Dallas Jackals (0-15) v Utah Warriors (4-11), Saturday 4th June 8:00pm (ET)
  • Toronto Arrows (8-7) v Old Glory DC (2-13), Sunday 5th June 12:00pm (ET)
  • LA Giltinis (11-4) v Seattle Seawolves (8-7), Sunday 5th June 6:00pm (ET)

You can catch the highlights of all Round 17 fixtures on the MLR YouTube channel here.

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๐Ÿ†• The Playbook Power Rankings, ๐™๐™ฅ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™

โฌ†๏ธ #Eagles [+4]
โฌ†๏ธ #Dolphins [+5]
โฌ†๏ธ #Jaguars [+4]

โฌ‡๏ธ #Raiders [-11]
โฌ‡๏ธ #Chargers [-4]
โฌ‡๏ธ #Giants [-4]

Here’s how the data sees it heading into Week 4.

#NFLPowerRankings #NFL
https://thegeniusplaybook.com/the-playbook-nfl-power-rankings-2022/

.@Eagles ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿฏ-๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿค @MiamiDolphins

The two remaining undefeated teams in the #NFL have Top 5 offenses for:

๐Ÿ”บ TDs scored
๐Ÿ”บ QB passer rating
๐Ÿ”บ Passing yards
๐Ÿ”บ Yards per play
๐Ÿ”บ Yards per drive
๐Ÿ”บ 3rd-down conversion %
๐Ÿ”บ 4th-down conversion %

#FinsUp #FlyEaglesFly

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๐ŸŽฏ ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ค๐™ ๐™ž๐™š๐™จ: After Week 3

Garrett Wilson (32) – #Jets
Chris Olave (29) – #Saints
Drake London (25) – #Falcons
Jahan Dotsun (18) – #Commanders
Treylon Burks (13) – #Titans

#NFL

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Week 3 saw some phenomenal catches in the NFL.

In fact, each of @NextGenStats’ Top 5 most improbable completions across the 2022 #NFL season (so far) occurred this weekend.

Let’s take a look at each one.

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