The epic first season of Major League Rugby came to close Saturday when the Seattle Seawolves were declared the inaugural champions over the Glendale Raptors. After a tight, low-scoring first half, Glendale scored the first two tries of the second half only to have the Seawolves come back with the final 15 points of the match to win 23-19. Each team hit highs and lows during the test but it was... Read More
The Seattle Seawolves won the inaugural Major League Rugby title with a 23-19 defeat of the Glendale Raptors at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif Saturday. There were five lead changes in the back-and-forth contest, with the result not finalized until full time. Seattle openside flanker Vili Toluta'u was named the MVP of the championship game.
Seattle drew first blood in the 10th minute via a... Read More
The RUGBY PatCast is a regular pdcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this week's episode, Seattle Seawolves scrumhalf and head coach Phil Mack comes on ahead of the inaugural Major League Rugby Championship to discuss the upcoming game. Mack also dives walks through the dynamics of being a player/coach, discusses Seattle's season as a whole and we discuss the state of Canadian... Read More
In the Major League Rugby semifinal doubleheader at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., the Seattle Seawolves and the Glendale Raptors advanced to the inaugural championship on Saturday. After being knotted at 10-10 at the half, Seattle scored three tries with the man advantage to beat the San Diego Legion, 38-24. In the nightcap, Glendale dominated the first half scoring the match’s first 22... Read More
Glendale punched its ticket to the inaugural Major League Rugby final with a 34-21 defeat of Utah Saturday at Infinity Park. The hosts built an early advantage off superior set pieces and led 34-7 late in the second half before the Warriors pumped in a pair of inconsequential tries. Glendale will face Seattle Saturday at Torero Stadium in San Diego.
The Raptors drew first blood in the third... Read More
Chalk held in the first Major League Rugby semifinal Saturday, as the Seattle Seawolves topped the San Diego Legion, 38-22. The game was nip-and-tuck through the first hour, at the end of which San Diego led 17-10. But a pair of yellow cards for the Legion helped the Seawolves close out the win with a 28-5 run in the final 15 minutes.
San Diego caught the first couple of whistles, including a... Read More
The Utah Warriors and Glendale Raptors have met once this season, a 36-29 win for the Raptors on May 5. That one was played in Utah, while Saturday’s semifinal will be staged in Glendale, Colo. There are minimal roster changes from the initial encounter.
Both teams feature a pair of guys who will have started both but swapped positions. For the Warriors, AJ Tu’ineau was at wing and Fets Vainikolo... Read More
The last spot in the Major League Rugby playoffs was clinched on Saturday as the Utah Warriors beat the Houston Sabercats, 31-27, while the San Diego Legion improved their postseason seeding by knocking off the unbeaten Glendale Raptors, 23-5, in a brilliant defensive effort to conclude the regular season. The home field advantage ruled in both games as the squads will ride the wave of momentum... Read More
“One more win and you’re in.” That was on the San Diego Legion and the Austin Elite’s minds when the teams clashed on Sunday night at Torero Stadium in San Diego, Calif. With a bid to the Major League Rugby playoffs at stake, the Legion capitalized on Austin’s turnovers and penalties to defend their home field for a 31-17 victory and entrance to the postseason.
The San Diego win places the Legion... Read More
Saturday’s matches of Major League Rugby’s penultimate weekend were full of excitement, high scoring, and drama for the playoff hunt. A total of 18 tries were dotted down on Saturday as scoring came in bursts in both tests. After trailing at the half, NOLA took advantage of Utah’s high error count to score three straight tries and a penalty to give the Gold enough cushion to beat the Warriors, 46... Read More