MLR Week One - February 2020

February 10 2020

MLR Rugby

MLR Week One Wrapup: Toronto Arrows Look Impressive; New England Free Jacks & Rugby Atlanta With Upset Wins

In the East the Toronto Arrows looked impressive, the only away team to notch a win in Week One. They easily defeated the newly renamed Austin Gilgronis side who were the cellar dwellars last year. Jamie Mackenzie at #9, Cole Keith at tighthead and Dan Moor on the wing put in good shifts from the Canadian contigent. With Phil Mack and Gordon McRorie stepping away from full time playing roles, Mackenzie at 30 years of age would likely take on the role of veteran scrum half for the national side. Similarly on the wing with DTH leaving the national side it's opening up a veteran role for 29 year old Dan Moor.

There were a couple of upsets in the East involving Canadian players with two expansion teams claiming wins. The New England Free Jacks captained by second row Josh Larsen upset last year's semi-finalist New York and Rugby Atlanta with openside Matt Heaton scoring a try took down Utah.

In the West two time champions Seattle Seawolves looked tentative in an error strewn first half. They were down 5 tries to 1 but put in a good last 20 minutes to make the match close. George Barton scored one of the comeback tries as a replacement centre when he ran through the tackle of the opposing #8. Seattle take on Old Glory DC next week on the road. Old Glory were hammered by NOLA and look to be one of the weaker teams early on in the Eastern conference.

Two semi-finalists from last year look on point early in the season, Toronto and San Diego. Week Two will give further insights into the MLR form guide this season.

Houston SaberCats 21–12 Colorado Raptors
NOLA Gold 46–13 Old Glory DC
Rugby ATL 28–19 Utah Warriors
New England Free Jacks 34–14 Rugby United New York
San Diego Legion 33–24 Seattle Seawolves
Austin Gilgronis 10–38 Toronto Arrows

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