Ruck & Roll: LA All The Way In Super Bowl

7 months ago

Your Giltinis lapped up the incredible vibe of another sporting trophy for Los Angeles by getting right behind the pulsating LA Rams win in the Super Bowl.

Hooker Lindsey Stevens wasn’t going to miss ticking off a bucket list thrill. On game day morning, he finally found two tickets to take girlfriend Lucy Courtenay to the full house at SoFi Stadium.

“They were last-minute tickets but that day was one of the better things I’ve done in my life,” Stevens said.

Australian head coach Stephen Hoiles also thought it too big an occasion to miss when it was in his own backyard for the first time.

Flyhalf Matt Giteau was lucky enough to enjoy it live with wife Bianca.

For a large throng of Giltinis and their families, a perch at Baja Sharkeez bar at Hermosa Beach was all that was needed for a full-on Sunday of noise, cheering and laughter.

“I’ve been lucky enough to attend the athletics at the Sydney Olympics (in 2000) and big footy grand finals back home but the Super Bowl was easily the best sporting event I’ve been too,” Giteau said.

“It was phenomenal. It lived up to everything I imagined.”

Giteau said the message in pinnacle games like the Super Bowl translated to all football codes.

“You hear of the sacrifices, you see the big moments appear and you see performance under pressure...that translates easily to rugby,” Giteau said.

Scrumhalf and LA local Cristian Rodriguez (below) said Los Angeles loved a winning sporting feeling.

“The Lakers, Dodgers, Giltinis and Rams have all won Championships in the past two or three years. The city loves a winner,” Rodriguez said.

“Hopefully, there will be those who still want to feel a rush and will get to our first home game (on February 27) at the Coliseum.”

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Return To Coliseum Builds Excitement

After splitting the opening fortnight 1-1 on the road, head coach Stephen Hoiles speaks for the whole Giltinis squad when he says: “We can’t wait.”

Playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be a buzz for those players returning for the club’s second season and new recruits alike.

“It was good to get up to Canada for the Arrows game. We enjoyed the strong rugby feeling around the game but it’s great to get back to our turf at the Coliseum,” Hoiles said.

The 3pm (PST) Sunday kick-off against the 1-0 New England Free Jacks on February 27 is in a family-friendly timeslot after this weekend’s bye.

“There is a real feeling in Los Angeles that Sunday is football day and this is the first of the six home games that are scheduled for Sundays this season,” Hoiles added.

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STAT ATTACK

(v Toronto Arrows)

Ball carries: Billy Meakes 19, Dave Dennis 16, Corey Thomas 15

Tackles: Ben LeSage 14, Andrew Tuala 14, Hanco Germishuys 13, Djustice Sears-Duru 13

Ruck/Maul arrivals: Nathan Den Hoedt 41, Djustice Sears-Duru 36, Angus Cottrell 33, Corey Thomas 33

Leading Tryscorer: Angus Cottrell 2, Hanco Germishuys 2

Courtesy: Mobii

MEDICAL ROOM

Lindsey Stevens - Hooker (knee)

Luke Carty – Flyhalf (pectoral muscle)

Matt Giteau – Flyhalf (calf)

Langilangi Haupeakui – Backrower (knee)

DTH van der Merwe – Winger (knee)

Tom Mitchell – Fullback (hamstring)

Brooklyn Hardaker – Winger (knee)

Be part of the fun and excitement of Opening Day at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, February 27 when your Giltinis face the New England Free Jacks.

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