Ruck and Roll: Giltinis Show Their Musical Side

7 months ago

Any visit to New Orleans is sure to highlight your musical tastes and the Los Angeles Giltinis were no different after their win over the Toronto Arrows last Saturday.

Local knowledge is a worldwide currency and prop Blake Rogers sort out a local tavern where uncle and guitarist Rick Broderman was playing a little country music.

Rogers swung along Dave Dennis, Harry McNulty, Adam Ashe and co, as well as coach Darren Coleman, a devoted fan of Luke Combs, who had a 2019 hit with Beer Never Broke My Heart.

That’s the song with the line “Longneck, ice cold beer never broke my heart like diamond rings and football teams.”

Coleman also confessed to having plenty of Garth Brooks on his playlist: “I like both types of music, right, country and western.”

The clashes of music tastes are there for sure within the squad with the hip hop and techno sounds during gym sessions.

We’ll let you guess which Giltini has done some DJ work in the past at nightclubs under the moniker “DJ Big Sexy.”

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TICKETS ON SALE

Coach Darren Coleman spoke for his whole squad when he described the thought of playing in front of their home fans in Los Angeles for the first time.

“It’s super-exciting and really lifts the guys to think that a crowd will be allowed in on April 24,” Coleman said.

Health and stadium guidelines mean 20 per cent of capacity is the operating level for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum when the San Diego Legion visit for the first SoCal rivalry game.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday to the general public. Visit tickets@giltinis.com

To get early access to tickets, fans can sign up to be a Giltinis Insider at www.giltinis.com which will give them exclusive access to a ticket pre-sale on Wednesday.

FAMILY SURPRISE

The McNulty brothers, Sean and Harry, relished playing their first game together for six years and it wasn’t going to pass unnoticed.

Mother Sandra (below) hopped a flight from her home in Florida to surprise her sons at the airport upon their arrival in New Orleans.

“It was really, really cool to play together for the first time in so long and mum surprised us both,” Sean (left) said.

Old habits die hard. Harry (right) pulled an exaggerated swan dive for the final try like he was still doing try celebrations on the world sevens circuit with Ireland.

Flanker Harry played the full 80 minutes but his hand blew up in the 24 hours post-match. X-rays revealed a broken bone and he’ll be sidelined for at least a month.

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STAT ATTACK

(vs Toronto Arrows)

Ball carries: Glenn Bryce 18, Adam Ashe 13

Running Metres: Glenn Bryce 136, Corey Thomas 68

Tackles: Harry McNulty 18, Dave Dennis 12, Mahe Vailanu 12

Tackle Busts: Corey Thomas 4, Glenn Bryce 4

Line Breaks: Corey Thomas 2

Goalkicking: Matt Giteau 5/6 (83%)

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DID YOU KNOW?

We solved the mystery of how Matt Giteau got his hands on a vintage No.85 Chad Johnson Cincinnati Bengals NFL jersey for last week’s Jersey Day. Like he does as a flyhalf, it seems “Gits” thinks one or two plays ahead. He snapped it up at a bargain price when he saw it at a thrift shop some time ago.

MEDICAL ROOM

Billy Meakes (above) – Centre (fractured cheekbone)

JP Smith – Prop (knee)

Harry McNulty – Flanker (broken hand)

Luke White – Lock (hamstring)

Langilangi Haupeakui – Flanker (knee)

Marco Fepulea’i – Prop (knee)

Jeff Peleseuma – Five-eighth (foot)

Luca Tani – Lock (knee)

Sione Tuihalamaka – Prop (tricep)

The Giltinis are on the road to play the Houston SaberCats on Saturday at AVEVA Stadium in Houston from 5pm (PT).

The match will be broadcast live on Bally Sports SoCal in Los Angeles and can also be viewed live on The Rugby Network internationally.

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