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
In a rematch of the first game of the Major League Rugby season, the NOLA Gold completed the sweep of the Houston Sabercats with a hard-fought 24-20 victory at Shaw Stadium in New Orleans, La.
Playing in the blistering heat, Houston’s Sam Windsor struck first but the Gold’s Zack Stryffeler responded about halfway through the period. After a Windsor penalty put Houston up by three points, NOLA... Read More
(Washington, DC) – With the successful launch of the inaugural season of Major League Rugby (MLR) this past April, fans in the national capital region can begin dreaming of a professional rugby team of their own.
Two local business leaders with rugby in their blood -- Paul Sheehy and Chris Dunlavey -- have secured exclusive rights for a DC-based MLR team. With the appropriate level of community... Read More
In an intense back and forth match where neither club was happy with their performance, the Glendale Raptors endured a furious battle against the San Diego Legion to win, 31-27. At Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo., the lead changed hands seven times with Glendale scoring the final try via a bulldozing effort by Zach Fenoglio. The Legion attempted to come back one last time but lost it on a... Read More