The Glendale Raptors’ long and winding series of road trips is over, and head coach David Williams’ men remain perfect on the spring season. Although, their last match was one of the toughest they’ve faced all season. Bad weather and an unfamiliar opponent, not to mention thousands of miles of travel are all behind them now, however, and the Raptors return to the pitch Saturday at the friendly confines of Infinity Park looking to extend their win streak.
Williams and the Raptors took their longest road trip of the season last week, shipping all the way up to Boston to face Mystic River. Heavy rains changed the approach, but not the outcome Williams told Mile High Sports on Friday. Glendale picked up a fourth consecutive road victory, 22-16, brining to a close a grueling seven-week stretch in which the Raptors did not play at home. Four different Raptors scored tries in the win, demonstrating the skill and versatility of Williams’ squad even in the adverse conditions.
Glendale returns to Infinity Park as the marquee matchup in a men’s and women’s elite teams double-header against the NorCal Pelicans. Some of the best players from the best clubs in Northern California comprise a Pelicans squad that Williams was still working on Friday to solve. Members of Life West Rugby, whom the Raptors trounced back in January 50-19, and players from San Francisco Golden Gate, Glendale’s longtime rival from the Pacific Rugby Premiership, among other clubs will all travel to Infinity Park to try and end a Glendale winning streak that extends back to 2016.
Catch Williams’ full interview with Mile High Sports in the podcast below, including why he believes playing a match in Glendale is unlike any other in rugby.