RLATG National Club Championship Round 6 Preview


What a round it was last week on the island, the Angels registering a massive win over the Vikings, JDF continouing their impressive run and the Sharks seeing of Liguanea.

Spanish Town Vikings vs Liguanea Dragons

The significance of a win for either side could be huge as both currently sit on 1 win a piece in 5th and 6th in the table, other results going their way would put them level with the Bulls in 4th spot. This is a repeat of the Round 1 fixture from the start of June, the Vikings were the victors on the day, pulling off a convincing 27-14 victory to open their account for 2018, unfortunately that account has not grown since, the Vikings will be looking to fix that come 1PM on Saturday.

The Dragons will be heavily reliant on their defence to win this game, while on paper the Vikings have the lowest points for in the League, that doesn't mean they don't pose an attacking threat, especially with the likes of Neville Linch and Reinhardo Richards with a good try to game ratio. The Dragons defence has been a bone of contention throughout the season, as team that is more than capable of scoring 20+ points a game but struggling to keep sides out, currently holding the joint 4th best attack in the league but the 2nd worst defence in the league.

Washington Boulevard Bulls vs Duhaney Park Red Sharks

The Red Sharks need to continue in their return to winning ways and will no doubt have their eyes on the game that proceeds their ficture, GC Angels vs JDF Warriors, as a loss for either of those sides after a Red Sharks win could could see them down to 3rd. The Red Sharks chances for the remainder of the season have taken a slight denting, Sharks top scorer and back up kicker, Renaldo Wade, faced with 5 games on the sideline after seeing red last week for striking a player, the Sharks will have to pray Ryan Grant doesn't pick up a knock through the season as he is currently their only recognised kicker.

The Bulls will still be frustrated with last week's performance, kept try-less in a 30-2 loss against a strong JDF team, they come into Saturday knowing that registering points against the Sharks is also no easy task, Duhaney conceding just 62 points in their last 5 games, averaging them out at around 12 points a game. A win for the Bulls would put them just a point behind the Red Sharks in 3rd, opening their chances of catching the leading pack right back up.

JDF Warriors vs GC Angels

If there is a game to watch this weekend, I hands down garuntee it's this one. This fixture is sure to be an absolute war as at the end of the season both teams will look back and see this game as potentially the one that made or tarnished their season. It's the battle of 1st vs 2nd, two teams with incredible firepower on unbreakable runs of form, GC last week recording a massive 76-8 win over the Vikings and the Warriros doing the job defensively against the Bulls to run out 30-2 winners in their game, neither side needs telling just how important this game is. A warriors win puts them first permitting the Sharks win by less points or lose, an Angels win keeps them top and moves them further out of reach of the Warriors by 5 points and keeping them at least 2 points clear of Duhaney.

We talk about Antonio Baker week in week out about the threat he poses but last week some new challengers threw their hats in the ring for the Angels, enter Quamie Green, 2 games 4 tries watch out for him adding to his tally this weekend, Shamar Cueray, 4 games 4 tries and Stephen Scott 3 games 3 tries 10 kicks, that's a lot of points in just 4 players alone. The Warriors have their own stirke weapons though and will certainly not be phased by their opposition; Shaneal Brown, Roydell Reid and Alen Folks with 11 tries in 11 games between them, there's bound to be tries in this game and the result could blow the title race wide open.

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