Sunday, July 1, 2018

MLR Playoffs: By the Numbers

                                  
Playoffs

14     the measure of separation between San Diego and Seattle in Colorado so everybody goes to Southern California for the championship next Saturday July 7, though only one will play in the title match; locked at 10s at end of first 40, San Diego scored at the 56th minute of the second stanza on a grounding by backrowman, Drew Gaffney, with Joe Pietersen adding the extras and Legion dotted again near time on a try by returning Eagle Nate Augsburger with the plus-2 from Pietersen, but in the interval between that brace of scores the 'Wolves doubled down on their opponents for a quartet of trys: outside center Will Rasileka ('63), fullback Peter Tiberio ('66), three-quarters Sequoyah Burke-Combs ('73) and front rowman John Hayden ('80) - 2 converted by flyhalf Peter Smith - for the record at 34-24 and Seattle would face the winner of the Glendale-Utah derby.

13     the distance from Warriors to Raptors as Glendale ran out to a 22-point lead by the 31st minute on scores by backrow lock Simon Figg ('2), converted by Peter Dahl, and a brace from flyer, Harley Davidson ('28 & '31), with standoff and returning Eagle Will Magie adding a conversion and a penalty goal; Utah got a converted try through midfielder Tonata Lauti with flyhalf Kurt Morath adding the extras in the 36th minute for a 22-7 midpoint advantage in favor the birds; Warriors outscored Raptors by a deuce in the second stanza, 14-12, with loose forward, David Tameilau and halfback Don Pati touching down ('68 & '74 resp.) and Morath making both; though not before cagey veteran hooker and Glendale talisman, Zach Fenoglio, as well as prop, Luke White, had dotted with Magie adding one +2 for the 34-21 result.

Next up: 2018 Major League Rugby Championship, Torero Stadium, San Diego, Saturday, July 7, 8pm MST kick, which will see number 1 seed, Glendale Raptors and number 2, Seattle SeaWolves, working the pill at the gladiator bowl finale in Southern California.



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