Backrow powerhouse Angus Cottrell is staring at a long lay-off with a serious knee injury but is full of praise for the MLR and its future.
Cottrell is so upbeat about the club, the style of play and the LA lifestyle while based at Santa Monica that he wants to be part of future seasons.
When his right knee buckled after thundered upfield in the final minute of the recent clash against the San Diego Legion everyone feared the worst.
“There’s going to be a fair deal of rehab involved. I’m off-contract at the end of this year but I’m really enjoying my time in LA and want to keep playing here,” Cottrell said.
“Last year was a very good season with the Championship win and the boys are fighting hard this year to create another good chance. There are some boys coming back from injury in the weeks ahead who will make a difference too.”
The beach-loving Australian said the Giltinis really stepped it up to beat the Seattle Seawolves 31-12 last weekend and is confident the team can sustain the rage against the Dallas Jackals at the Coliseum on Sunday.
Cottrell is positive about the growth of Major League Rugby.
“MLR was definitely a lot tougher than I thought when I first played in 2021 and teams are just getting stronger with more time together and the recruits being signed,” Cottrell said.
GILTINIS GM SETTING THE PACE
Giltinis General Manager Adam Freier was the pace setter in front hi captain and coach last week, with the former Australian International taking part in the LA Marathon on his 42nd birthday.
As well as breaking the 4 hour mark (running 3:56), Freier raised just short of $30,000 for The Harris Hammer, a charity aimed at raising funds for amputees.
Although the but of all jokes on April fools day on a coming out of retirement to play in MLR like current Giltinis fly-half Orene A'ii, we can cover this is not the case.
JACKALS REGROUP FROM OFF-FIELD DRAMA
The Dallas Jackals will arrive in LA for Sunday’s match still dealing with a major incident after nine of their players were injured in a walkway collapse.
The damage ranged from relatively minor injuries to the six months that starting centre Henry Trinder will likely spend on the sidelines with wrist, knee and head injuries.
The incident occurred on the same day as the Jackals’ last-start 34-12 loss to Seattle in Arlington on March 20 before the club entered a bye week.
The incident has shaken all at the club and several new players have arrived at the Jackals on short-term loan or in trades from other MLR clubs.
STAT ATTACK (v Seattle Seawolves)
Ball carries: Billy Meakes 13, Luke White 11, Joe Taufete’e 10, Hanco Germishuys 10
Running Metres Gained: Hanco Germishuys 108, Billy Meakes 85, Will Chambers 69, Luke Burton 69
Defenders Beaten: Hanco Germishuys 6
Tackles: Luke Burton 15, Billy Meakes 13, Christian Poidevin 13, Nathan Den Hoedt 12
Ruck and Maul Arrivals: Christian Poidevin 21, Nathan Den Hoedt 21, Dave Dennis 15, Djustice Sears-Duru 14
Season Try-scoring: Hanco Germishuys 5, Angus Cottrell 2, Will Chambers 2, Joe Taufete’e 2
Adam Ashe – Backrower (neck)
Angus Cottrell – Backrower (knee)
Luke Carty – Flyhalf (pectoral muscle)
Matt Giteau – Flyhalf (calf)
Langilangi Haupeakui – Backrower (knee)
DTH van der Merwe – Winger (knee)
Brooklyn Hardaker – Winger (knee)
Corey Thomas - Lock (Shoulder)
Hanco Germishuys - backrow
The Giltinis face the Dallas Jackals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 2pm (PST) on Sunday. The match will be broadcast live on Bally Sports SoCal and Bally Sports West in Los Angeles. The match can also be viewed live on The Rugby Network internationally.