RLATG National Club Championship Round 5 Preview


Round 4 saw the last unbeaten team in the league lose their record as the Angels shocked the Red Sharks. Round 5 no doubt has some more massive games in store.

Spanish Town Vikings vs GC Angels

The Vikings need to snap out of their current rut to regain any hopes of catching the teams opening up a gap on them, the best way to do this would be with a win against the current league leaders and this week's opponent, the GC Angels. The Angels stunned the RLATG NCC spectators and followers with a shock win against the unbeaten Red Sharks.

If the Vikings have a hope of winning this game they need to keep points machine, Antonio Baker, quiet for the duration of the game, 5 tires in 4 games sees him climb the ranks of danger men in the elite Jamaican competition. A Vikings win could well see them up to 4th in the table if results go their way, they won't need telling twice just how much is on offer in this game.

Washington Boulevard Bulls vs JDF Warriors

This game will decide 3rd place by the end of Round 5 of the National Club Championship, the Bulls currently in 4th on 6 points while the Warriors sit 3rd on 7 points, only due to the Red Sharks superior points difference. Messado was at it again for the Bulls in Round 4, grabbing 2 brilliant solo tries, the Warriors will have studied up on the big man and will have to tighten up their defensive line to keep him off the scoresheet.

The Bulls will have to limit their tries conceded as the Warriors conversion rate is only beaten by the Red Sharks, Kennedy kicking 12 out of 17 attempts at goal giving him a success rate of 71% with Ryan Grant leading the way on 74% (14/19). The Warriors will also be aware that the aforementioned Messado is the only Bull to have scored more than 1 try this season, also leaving them with lowest amount of singular scorers (9), this shows just how good the Washington defence has been over the course of the season.

Duhaney Park Red Sharks vs Liguanea Dragons

It's the fixture being labelled as the clash between land and sea, fire and water, two opposites coming together for a steamy fixture, even the coaches have gotten into the spirit of the occasion, Roy Calvert and Adrian Hall trying to shake up their opposition before kick off come Saturday. While it's all in good nature, each of these sides will leave nothing on the pitch as they look to regain form as both sides come into Round 5 off the back of losses that not many predicted or fore-sore.

The Dragons do not need warning of the threat that the Sharks pose despite seeing a beatable side of them last week, between Wade and McFarlane of Duhaney there are 7 tries, this is only 6 less than the entire Dragons squad put together, 4 of those tries coming from Adrain Hall himself. The Dragons have not been helped by their own kicking woes, we looked at the Sharks incredible 74%, whereas, at the other end of the scale the Dragons have the lowest success rate off the boot with a mere 38% (5/13) this makes a huge difference in fixtures where every point counts.

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