Week 15 Wrapup: Wins for NY, NOLA, Utah, Atlanta, Austin and LA
There's 3 weeks left in the regular season with some teams down to 2 matches left. LA and Utah continue atop the West division with Austin still in with a chance if Utah stumble in their remaining two matches. It's looking a high probability of a LA and Utah 1/2 finish in the West. Utah play Atlanta and LA in their remaining matches, two tough games. Austin finish against LA and DC while LA have NOLA, Austin, Utah. LA needs to win 2 of those 3 matches to assure top spot.
In the East it's Atlanta and New York looking strong with NOLA in with a chance to catch them. Atlanta finish against Utah and New England. The Atlanta v Utah game will be crucial for both sides. New York finish against New England, Houston and NOLA while NOLA have LA, Seattle and New York.
Week 15 Matchups: NY @ Toronto; NOLA @ New England; Utah @ Houston; DC @ Atlanta; Austin @ San Diego; LA @ Seattle
Most of the Canadian players selected for the national team have been given a rest this weekend with a few exceptions from the NY v Toronto match. The four teams looking to lock up playoff spots are LA and Utah in the West and Atlanta and New York in the East.
New York @ Toronto 1:30pm PT Saturday
Quinn Ngawati gets selected on the wing for New York, a position he might get selected for in the matches versus Wales and England in the following weeks. The players selected to play MLR on Saturday will likely be on the plane on Sunday to show up for training on Monday in Wales. Toronto have rested Lucas Rumball and Ben LeSage a couple of key players for Canada but Tyler Rowland puts in a shift at tighthead before getting on the plane as does Will Kelly at #10. BC's Ollie Nott gets called into the squad to cover for the missing test players, he's in the Reserves likely to come in as a flanker.
NOLA @ New England 3pm PT Saturday
Both Eric Howard and Lockie Kratz have been given the weekend off by NOLA and likely are already heading to the UK. The same can be said for Josh Larsen the Canadian second row who doesn't show in the match day 23 for New England.
Utah @ Houston 5pm PT Saturday
Houston have given Lucas Albornoz, Liam Murray and Rob Povey the day off as they link up with the Canada team in Wales. Nik Hildebrand, who wasn't selected for Canada, gets the start at tighthead. Fraser Hurst has also been rested by Utah as he looks forward to his Canada debut.
DC @ Atlanta 5pm PT Saturday
Doug Fraser gets rested as he prepares to meet up with the Canada team. Ciaran Hearn, who wasn't selected for Canada, gets the start at #12. For Atlanta both Matt Heaton and Conor Keys are rested as they prepare for a possible Canada selection versus Wales.
Austin @ San Diego 7pm PT Saturday
Both Cole Davis and Reegan O'Gorman are given the rest this weekend by Austin. San Diego aren't using Michael Smith this weekend either. So it appears Canada have an early release of most of their MLR players.
LA @ Seattle 7pm PT Sunday