MLR Week 11

April 08 2019

MLR Rugby

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Utah Warriors 36 v Seattle Seawolves 48

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The Seattle Seawolves made the most out of their first-ever trip to Utah when they defeated the Warriors 48-36 on Friday night.

After an uncharacteristic loss at home to the San Diego Legion just a week earlier, the Seawolves (6-3) traded blows with the Warriors (1-6-1) and went into the half with a 22-17 lead. It wasn’t until early in the second half that the Seawolves really opened the flood gates. They exploded for three tries within the first 20 minutes of the second half and tacked on one more in the match’s final minutes.

Seawolves’ wing Brock Staller, Major League Rugby’s leading scorer, led all scorers in the match with 18 points by way of a try, five conversions and a penalty goal. Seattle second-rower Brad Tucker picked up two tries in the match while Utah’s inside center Timothy O’Malley led his side in scoring with 16 points.

The Seawolves picked up five points in the victory but slid into fourth place with 32 total points on the season. Utah picked up the four-try bonus point in the loss and sit in eighth place with 10 points in the league table.

Utah will look to get back on track on Saturday, April 13 when they travel down to the Crescent City to take on the first place NOLA Gold (7-2) while the Seawolves will look to continue their win streak on the road on Saturday, April 13 against the Houston SaberCats (2-6) in the first-ever match at Aveva Stadium.


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Toronto Arrows 31 v NOLA Gold 35

Article by Neil Davidson

TORONTO — Pro rugby union arrived in Canada on Sunday, complete with a sellout crowd, a run on beer and a heartbreaking ending for the Toronto Arrows.

Trailing the NOLA Gold 28-19 at the half in Major League Rugby play, expansion Toronto pulled ahead 31-28 on tries by Andrew Ferguson, in the 45th minute, and Morgan Mitchell, in the 54th minute. Sam Malcolm converted the first try but saw his kick crucially hit the post for the second.

The rest of the match was an arm-wrestle with an effective Toronto defence holding off NOLA Gold, in midfield for the most part. But a penalty to the Arrows allowed the visitors from New Orleans to attack the goal-line late.

After some spirited Toronto defence, Ignacio Dotti dove over for the winning try in the 79th minute as the league-leading NOLA Gold edged the Arrows 35-31.

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Glendale Raptors 52 v Houston Sabercats 44

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The Glendale Raptors battled back from a 32-point first half deficit to defeat the Houston SaberCats 52-44 on Saturday night at Infinity Park.

Despite jumping out to a 32-0 lead in the first half, the most points that Houston (2-6) had scored in a match this season, the SaberCats weren’t able to hold off a resilient Glendale (5-3-2) side that picked up their second-straight win on Saturday night.

The Raptors didn’t score a point until the 35th minute, but then rattled off four tries in a span of nine minutes broken in half by the halftime break. The three tires that Glendale wing John Ryberg scored on Saturday night gives him nine on the season and makes him Major League Rugby’s leading try-scorer through 11 weeks. Ryberg and Houston fly-half Sam Windsor led the scoring with 15 points each. Windsor scored a try, hit two conversions and two penalty goals.

Glendale picked up five points in the victory to move into second place in the league table with 33 points. They trail the league-leading NOLA Gold (7-2) by five points. Houston picked up the four-try bonus point in the loss and remain in seventh place with 11 points.

Houston will look to get back in the win column on Saturday, April 13 when they welcome NOLA Gold to town in the first-ever match at Aveva Stadium while the Glendale Raptors will enjoy a week off.

San Diego Legion 45 v Austin Elite 15

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Sunday night’s Week 11 matchup between the San Diego Legion and Austin Elite Rugby looked awfully similar to the first time the two sides met back in February.

That match resulted in a 45-17 Legion (6-2-1) victory. The fact that Sunday night’s matchup turned out to be eerily similar is a good thing for the Legion, who used a seven-try performance to again hand 45 points on the Elite (0-10) in what turned out to be a 45-15 victory.

It looked good for Austin at the beginning of the match as the Elite used a penalty goal from inside center Andres Vilaseca to take a 3-0 lead in the third minute of the match. Unfortunately for Austin, the Legion made it extremely tough to even get close enough to have additional shots at points. The Legion played 63 percent of the match in Austin’s half, and that resulted in a flurry of tries.

“We were very efficient in the first half,” San Diego head coach Rob Hoadley said after the match. “We took control of field position and possession by getting our basics right. The forwards set a great platform at the set piece.”

Austin led in the match for five minutes, but San Diego opened up the scoring in the 8th minute when the Legion was able to capitalize on a turnover deep in Austin territory. Wing Savenaca Totovosau took a pass from eight-man Jordan Manihera in for a try to put the Legion up 5-3 and they never looked back.

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