Another tasty weekend of rugby league action American style is coming your way and our Game of the Week this week is the Round 5 clash between the high-flying Pennsylvania Bulls and neighbors the Bucks County Sharks.
The resurgent Bulls (3-1) are on a roll having put together a three-game win streak, the first time that’s happened in a while, and they will be looking to keep their win streak alive. After dropping their opening day match against the Connecticut Wildcats, the Bulls have knocked off the Northern Virginia Eagles, 2011 champion New York Knights, and the Northern Raiders and have been impressing along the way.
Off-season signing, USA Tomahawks skipper Apple Pope, is one of several players who have been on a tear along with John Grace and Alejandro Valentin. Grace, a former union player with Philadelphia-Whitemarsh, is one of the American National Rugby League’s top three point-scorers in 2012, while Valentin is in the top ten. Other Bulls who’ve made an impact on the season so far include Wes Haughton, Corey Mayo and Tomahawk Andrew Kneisly. The Sharks (1-2) have yet to find a consistent rhythm this season, but when it comes to their cross-town rivalry with the Bulls, you can throw the current records out the window.
Bucks County opened the season with a 30-point loss to the Raiders, but bounced back a week later to square the ledger with the same New York team by posting a 20-point win. One of their main strike weapons is Ryan Sodano, a player who’s in the AMNRL’s top ten try-scorers on the season. Other Sharks who have been making an impact include John Vella, Zac Padgett and Dan Johnson. The Bulls are at home and that, combined with their better record, probably see them going into the game as favorites although all of that will be forgotten when these two teams lock horns on Saturday.
In other matches, the Knights host the Wildcats on Friday night at Pier 40 in Manhattan and the Raiders are on the road to face the winless Eagles. Round 5 Schedule: New York Knights v Connecticut Wildcats Pennsylvania Bulls v Bucks County Sharks NOVA Eagles v Northern Raiders