The RUGBY PatCast is a regular pdcast hosted by Rugby Today head writer Pat Clifton. On this week's episode, Rugby Today contributor Jake Frechette joins Pat for an old school S.W.O.T. analysis of Major League Rugby post-inaugural season. We also discuss what we think we know about the rules of engagement for the offseason and what to expect in season two. And we talk #RWC7s because why not?
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In the 46th minute of the Major League Rugby final Saturday, Chad London suffered a concussion as a result of being kneed in the back of the head by Seattle second row Cam Polson. The Glendale center then exited the game and didn’t return. It was the second time in the match Polson, who was allowed to play the full 80 minutes, used his knee to strike an opponent laying on the ground.
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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
Seattle improved to 2-1 with a gritty 31-29 win at NOLA Gold Saturday. The first half was almost all in the favor of the home team, as the Gold pumped in three tries to Seattle’s one, taking a 15-10 into halftime.
However, NOLA left nine points on tee, not converting a single conversion and missing a point-blank penalty. Seattle would string together 21 consecutive points in the middle third of... Read More
Monday Morning Halfback is a new weekly snack-sized version of the RUGBY PatCast. It's a shorter podcast featuring Houston Sabercats captain Kyle Sumsion. Going forward, every Monday morning you'll be able to wake up to a quick discussion on the weekend's slate of games. To kick it off, here's a preview of what to expect to start your week. We discuss all fo the Major League Rugby results and... Read More
Glendale overcame some injury woes to defeat Utah 36-29 Saturday at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. The game was tied three different times, at 0-0, 10-10 and 17-17, and after Utah scored its first try, no team ever led by more than a score.
The win preserves Glendale’s perfect record, moving the Raptors to 3-0. The loss drops the Warriors to 0-2. They’re the bookends of the league,... Read More
In a game featuring eight lead changes, the San Diego Legion forced the last one at full-time to steal a 35-32 win over the Houston Sabercats. Outside center Anthony Salaber scored a hat-trick in the first 25 minutes, helping the Legion to a 21-20 halftime lead. The result drops the Sabercats to 1-2 and lifts the Legion to 2-1.
Houston broke the early stalemate with a superb try in the 10th... Read More
Six Major League Rugby matches are in the books through two weeks of action. Amidst the story lines are the fact that Glendale is an expected 2-0, Austin and expected 0-2, and everyone else falls somewhere in between. There’s the story of Seattle showing well through two games, despite being player-coached. Attendance will be a major talking point all season.
But the players are the real stars,... Read More
Seattle made them work for it, but the Glendale Raptors improved to 2-0 Saturday with a 19-15 defeat of the Seawolves at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Wash. The win makes the Raptors the only 2-0 team in the league.
Glendale drew some bad luck early when fullback Maximo de Achaval was sent off for making dangerous contact with a player in the air. He had hoisted an up-and-under and was chasing,... Read More
The Houston Sabercats outgunned the Austin Elite 50-38 Saturday at Dyer Stadium in Houston. The win improves the Cats to 1-1 on the season and drops the Elite to 0-2. Houston flyhalf Sam Windsor was named the man of the match.
The home team snatched the momentum early and never relinquished it, winning the opening kickoff to go immediately onto attack. With the ball at the doorstep and all eyes... Read More