On a beautiful, sunny day, Reno traveled down I-80 to take on Sac State. Both clubs have been dealing with the after effects of Covid and are rebuilding their respective programs, but were thrilled to be back in action. In a very physical match, both teams went back and forth with the scoring, keeping the match close until Sacramento pulled out of reach at the end.
The Hornets struck first, at the 7:30 mark, with a try from lock Michael Niu with the conversion coming from fullback Kellan Fisch. Sac 7 – Reno 0. Both teams went back and forth for a bit until Sacramento conceded a penalty around their own 10-meter line in the 24th minute. Reno flyhalf, Cormac Slattery, calmly slotted the kick to get the Wolfpack on the board. Sac 7 – Reno 3. In the 37th minute, Sacramento struck again with a try from eightman Chris Torres that went unconverted. Halftime score Sac 12 – Reno 3
Sacramento started the second half scoring in the 48th minute with a long run from fullback Kellan Fisch that went unconverted. Sac 17 – Reno 3. At the 52nd minute, Sacramento was sloppy on their own try line and conceded a penalty try (awarded to Cormac Slattery) bringing Reno within 7. Sac 17 – Reno 10. In the 57th minute, the Hornets struck again with a line break from Fisch and an offload to Torres for the finish that went unconverted. Sac 22 – Reno 10. Not to be denied, Reno answered back in the 61st minute with a try from inside center Nick Quarles, converted by Slattery. Sac 22 – Reno 17. In the 70th minute, Sacramento saw Torres going on another scamper with flanker Marcos Romero running in support to get the offload and the try, converted by Fisch. Sac 29 – Reno 17. In the 80th minute, Sacramento put a cap on the scoring, seeing the ball going through five different players to be finished off by wing Andrell Cooper that went unconverted. Final Score Sac 34 – Reno 17. Referee: Phil Ackroyd