Monday, March 11, 2019

Major League Rugby WRap: By the Numbers

By the Numbers, On the Weekend

Major League Rugby North America
WRap - By the Numbers, 3.11

7             try New York United had the bonus-point grounded by ’34 in the 5-point road victory at Utah: braces by wings, Connor Wallace-Simms and Mark O’Keefe, led the scoring for the East Coast franchise in the 47-21 win;

5             try Glendale Raptors rode a 17-5 halftime advantage to a 38-19 record over Austin Elite in the Kettle at Infinity; 13 in the account of Raptors 10, Robbie Petzer, on 5 conversions and a penalty strike; Glendale has climbed into second place on the chart with the bonus-point victory, because…

5             the margin of separation at the break in the Northwest with Seattle SeaWolves adrift Houston SabreCats, 3-8, and 5 lead changes thereafter, 4 in the second stanza, meant off-the-hook action at Starfire in Tukwila; SeaWolves up 3-nil early on a penalty strike by numbers guy, Brock Staller, in the 5th minute, but behind after a grounding by Houston Fijian powerhouse, Osea Kolinisau*: 5-3 for travelers just then at minute 10; 1 sticksplitter by ‘Cats 10, Sam Windsor, and visitors lead extension to 8-3, the scoreline at the break; a grounding by ‘Wolves lock, Jeremy Lenaerts, and its plus-2 by Staller: 10-8 for homeboys at ’46; Houston regained the lead on a Windsor penalty struck in the 48th minute, 11-10; penalty by Staller at ’55, 13-11; penalty by Windsor in the 69th and 14-13; lastly though certainly not leastly, a brace of Seattle trys converted by Staller in the final 10 minutes did the trick for the home team and 27-14 the record at the end of the evening; and

14           the halftime, San Diego Legion asset, 17-3, spent recklessly in the second stanza and Toronto Arrows returned from the precipitate brink for 27-20 victory in Southern California; home XV extended their lead to 20-3 on a dropped goal by 10, Joe Pietersen, in the 45th before the wheels came off shortly before the hour mark: a double from visiting five-eighths, Avery Oitoman, followed by one from engine, Sam Sheppard - the trio converted by Arrows 10 Sam Malcolm who added a penalty strike before time - and Toronto had the massive away win as far from their home base as possible by Pacific Ocean shores in sunny SoCal.

 * Kolinisau captained Fiji to the gold medal at the Rio Olympics and is the only rugby player extant who has his beamer on a national bill of currency…

well on the front anyways, the entire Rugby Gold Medal-winning 7s squad is featured on the bill’s flip side!

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