In a pivotal match to stay in the Major League Rugby playoff picture, the San Diego Legion turned in a dominant performance in New Orleans, La. against the NOLA Gold. Playing an open, up-tempo strategy that kept the ball in NOLA’s territory for most of the game, San Diego’s mix of driving mauls and capitalizing on the counterattack resulted in a 39-22 road victory and the third win of the season... Read More
With a pair of victories on Friday night, the Glendale Raptors and the Seattle Seawolves further separated themselves from the pack of Major League Rugby with two weeks left until the playoffs. The wins secured each club a spot in inaugural playoffs beginning on June 30th.
Both squads endured a fierce fight from the Houston Sabercats and the Austin Elite where each team’s defenses stepped up late... Read More
In its final home game of the season at Starfire Stadium, the Seattle Seawolves feasted on the NOLA Gold for their fourth victory of the year. The 55-26 win puts the Pacific Northwest squad in first place in the MLR with three games to go. Seattle’s seven-try offensive output is the most points scored by any team this season and the Seawolves hope to add to their three-game winning streak this... Read More
For 80 minutes, two teams fighting to stay in the MLR playoff hunt engaged in a battle of Fijian flair and brute force. After changing the lead six times, the Utah Warriors grabbed the advantage with ten minutes left and the defense held on for the 36-30 victory over the Houston Sabercats. With the decisive road win, Utah remains in playoff contention with a 2-3 record while Houston falls to 1-4... Read More
Defense turned into offense for the Austin Elite on Friday night as the hometown boys came ready to play. Playing in Round Rock, Texas, Austin used its bye week to shore up the defense and the Elite executed the gameplan for a 31-5 victory over the San Diego Legion.
“We worked extra hard on our defense to stay in line and in our defensive patterns,” Austin coach Pedrie Wannenburg said. “In the... Read More
In the mailbox today was that most rare of items, a personalized letter with the address hand written on the envelope. It was from my sister, and, for a second, I thought it might be a check with long lost funds from an unknown relative.
No check. It was a newspaper clipping about rugby from the Rockville Centre Herald, a small paper on Long Island, New York. We grew up in Rockville Centre, where... Read More
The West won three of the divisions of USA Club Rugby last season and a strong crop of squads battled in Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend to contend for this year’s crown. When the dust finally settled, Belmont Shore, the Life West Gladiatrix, the Denver Barbarians, the St. Louis Sabres, and Austin Blacks will join the five teams from the East in two weeks for the Club National Championships... Read More
Teams from the Atlantic North, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and South assembled at the Fortress Obetz in Obetz, Ohio for the Eastern National Quarterfinals and Semifinals this past weekend. In the semifinals on Sunday, each game came down to the wire with three being decided by two points or less and one going to overtime. By the final whistle, five teams emerged victorious to represent the East in... Read More
Monday Morning Halfback is a weekly snack-sized version of the RUGBY PatCast. It's a shorter podcast featuring Houston Sabercats captain Kyle Sumsion. Every Monday morning you'll be able to wake up to a quick discussion on the weekend's slate of games.
This week, we go over all of the Major League Rugby results, Kyle comiserates Houston's loss to NOLA, we admire what's going on in Seattle with... Read More
In front of a boisterous sold-out crowd at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash., 80 minutes of exciting rugby was played where the home-town Seattle Seawolves outplayed the Utah Warriors to a score of 41-32. Each team crossed the whitewash five times but Seattle made all of their conversions and one more penalty to secure their third win of the season.
The first half featured the fast, fun, and... Read More