Raptors Preparing for Home Finale Against Peñarol

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A American Raptors Rugby Player rugby player in a blue and red uniform runs with the ball during a match, with an out-of-focus opponent in a white jersey nearby.

The American Raptors are hoping to put a bow on their six-match homestand with a win on Sunday afternoon.

They kicked off the homestand with two-straight victories, but find themselves in the middle of a three-match skid heading into their Round 10 matchup with Peñarol.

While Peñarol still holds the title of back-to-back Super Rugby Americas champions, the 2024 season has been more of a struggle for the Uruguayan side. Peñarol enters Round 10 in fifth place in the table – one spot ahead of the Raptors – with a 2-5 record.

One of Peñarol’s two wins on the season came against the Raptors by a score of 37-7 in Round 3 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The Raptors are 0-3 against Peñarol since joining Super Rugby Americas ahead of the 2023 season, and 0-4 lifetime if you loop in the Challenge Cup of the Americas competition that took place at Infinity Park in 2022.

Despite having just two wins and being only two points ahead of the Raptors in the Super Rugby Americas table, the path to this point of the season has looked different for the two teams. Peñarol’s average margin of defeat in their five losses is 11.6 points. The Raptors’ average margin of defeat in the six matches that they’ve lost has been 35.6.

Peñarol’s point differential heading into Round 10 is -26, while the Raptors is a whopping -206 – the most in the league by 87 points. The 335 points that the Raptors have conceded in 2024 is 95 more than the next closest team, while only scoring 131 points. Peñarol, on the other hand, has only conceded 176 points and scored 150. The Raptors have also conceded the most tries in the competition with 50. 

Despite a bumpy three weeks, the Raptors have a big opportunity to turn things around heading into the final stretch of the season. A win on Sunday would bring the Raptors home record to 3-3 and would launch them back into contention for the fourth and final playoff spot with three matches remaining in South America.

Playing a team outside of the playoff picture will be a nice change of pace for the Raptors after playing the top two teams in the competition in back-to-back weeks. Even though Peñarol’s record is not what it’s been in the past, the Raptors can expect a hungry team on Sunday afternoon. Both the Raptors and Peñarol will come into Sunday’s match ready to snap losing streaks. The Raptors’ losing streak is at three matches, while Peñarol’s losing streak is at four matches.

The Raptors will look to snap their skid against Peñarol on Sunday, April 28 at Infinity Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 PM, and the gates will open at 2:30. Tickets for the final home match of the season can be purchased here. Fans who can’t make it to Infinity Park can watch the match live on ESPN+

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