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
Starting with a phone call in late 2017 about a possible east coast rivalry for Major League Rugby, the adventure that is professional rugby in the District of Columbia is alive and building momentum. Ever since the official announcement less than a month ago, founders Chris Dunlavey and Paul Sheehy have been working tirelessly to set up the MLR expansion team in nation’s capital.
With an... Read More
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