First-place NOLA Gold handles Utah, 28-19

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Gale with the line break and ultimately Howden dots it down.

28-19, Gold, 73'

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Posted by Major League Rugby on Saturday, April 13, 2019

MARRERO – Leading virtually from start to finish, NOLA Gold assured itself of retaining first place in Major League Rugby with a 28-19 victory over the Utah Warriors Saturday at Gold Stadium.

Less than two minutes into the game, Tristan Blewett turned defense into offense for the Gold, stepping in front of a Utah pass and going the distance for a try. It was the second consecutive week Blewett has produced a “pick-five.”

Cam Dolan’s try in the 22nd minute extended NOLA’s lead to 14-0 before a try by Utah’s Johnny Ika and a failed conversion made it 14-5 at the half.

Twice in the second half, the Warriors pulled within two points, but both times, NOLA answered.

JP Eloff’s try in the 53rd minute, followed by his own conversion, made it 21-12 before Taylor Howden delivered the clinching try in the 71st minute.

NOLA picked up four points for the win and a bonus point for scoring four tries – the ninth bonus point for tries in 10 matches for the Gold. The five points give NOLA 43 on the season, six more than second-place Seattle, which won at Houston on Saturday.

NOLA travels to Seattle for their second time this season next Sunday in a nationally televised match on CBS Sports Network. The Gold’s next home match is May 11 against San Diego.

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