Rugby Super League Playoffs: San Fran Golden Gate-Dallas Harlequins

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IMay 13, 2009

LONDON - APRIL 19:  Harlequinns Rugby League Captain Rob Purdham lines up a conversion kick during the Engage Super League match between Harlequinns RL and Hull Kingston Rovers at The Stoop on April 19, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

This weekend, the Rugby Super League kicks off their postseason, and there are some interesting matches that will kickoff across the country. As usual, when it comes to rugby we are bringing in our favorite rugby experts from Heavens Game to give their thoughts on the Super League playoffs. And if you look closely enough, you may just see something extra in this preview.

This weekend sees the Dallas Harlequins (Blue No. 4) travel to San Francisco to play the top seed from The Red side of the draw, the San Francisco Golden Gate (Red No. 1) at 3pm PST.

San Francisco had been one of the preseason favourites to reach the RSL finals, and this matchup should provide them with the opportunity to progress. Dallas needed to win the final round of the competition against PAC to make the finals, while San Francisco clinched the top spot in the Red Conference and relegated the Chicago Lions to fourth with a 44-20 win over their finals rivals.

You can expect San Francisco to fly half Volney Rouse, who finished as the 2009 Rugby Super League top point scorer with 107 points to improve on that number through this matchup.

Heavensgame caught up with Dumont Walker—from the leading sports opinion site ( to glean his insight on the game.

Walker's thoughts on San Fran,"Golden Gate has been on the cusp of putting it all together for some years now.  With OMBAC experiencing a down year, San Francisco appears ready to make their move."

Walker's thoughts about Dallas on the road, "The Dallas Harlequins typically struggle when traveling, and they looked less than stellar against PAC in their season finale."

Walker's prediction "Look for Golden Gate to roll."


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