The Seattle Seawolves defeated Rugby United New York 33-21 in the CBSSN Game of the Week on Sunday, February 24 at Starfire Sports.
The Seattle Seawolves, playing expansive rugby, struck first with Mat Turner offloading to Eric Duechle for a try in the right corner. Brock Staller then slotted the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
RUNY attacked after the restart with Will Leonard taking a Ben Foden offload from a double switch for a try. Cathal Marsh then leveled the match at 7 all with the conversion.
After a box kick by Petri, Turner lost the ball on contact. Cathal Marsh chipped ahead and Connor Wallace-Sims pinned Turner in-goal for a RUNY 5-meter scrum. Seattle was penalized twice for scrum infractions before Ross Deacon powered his way over for a try under the posts. Marsh then slotted the conversion for a 14-7 lead.
The Seawolves then placed RUNY under pressure with Turner offloading to Tiberio, who kicked ahead. Marsh was then penalized for not releasing. Seattle then had consecutive 5-meter scrums. Six picks to the right and Stephan Coetzee had a try. Staller then slotted the conversion from touch to knot the match at 14 all.
The Seawolves attacked from the restart and Shalom Suniula stepped defenders for a try in the left corner and Staller again slotted the kick from touch for a 21-14 lead.
RUNY attacked from a lineout just outside the Seawolves 22-meters and then lost the ball forward after a 5-meter scrum. This allowed Mack a box kick after a 5-meter scrum. Mattina ran to the 22-meter line and the ball moved right with a Mat Turner tackle saving a try.
A RUNY attack was thwarted as James Denise could not handle a Will Leonard pass. Brock Staller gathered the ball and raced in for a try to lead 26-14. His conversion then bounced off the posts in the final play before the break.
With four tries during the first half, the Seawolves will gain a valuable bonus point in the standings.
RUNY went through multiple phases early in the second half with the Seawall repeling the attacks. RUNY then attacked from a 5-meter scrum. The Seawolves were penalized and the ball was held up in-goal. Another RUNY 5-meter scrum ensued with the Seawolves stealing as they drove RUNY on the back foot, allowing Cima to clear.
A delayed kick by Cima and a chase by Staller led to a try. Staller then slotted the conversion for a 33-14 lead.
Seattle attacked after a lineout steal moving to within 10 meters of in-goal before an errant pass by Smith turned over the ball and allowed RUNY to clear. The Seawolves attacked again from a lineout, but after multiple phases, Seattle lost the ball forward 10-meters from in-goal.
RUNY scored after a Ben Foden offload to Mattina and then to Lipscomb and inside to Brown for the try. MArsh then added a conversion to cut the lead to 33-21.
The Seawolves improved their record to 3-2, while RUNY lost for the first time and stand at 2-1. The Seawolves move to third place, while RUNY remains in sixth place with two games at hand.
RUNY travels to Houston on March 2 to play the SaberCats, while Seattle has a bye week before hosting the SaberCats on March 10.
When the teams meet in Brooklyn on May 11, the teams will have their full contingent of players with the ARC no longer being a factor.
Squads With Player Article Links & Match Preview
Seattle Seawolves: 1 Olive Kilifi 2 Stephan Coetzee 3 Tim Metcher 4 Apisai Naikatini 5 Brad Tucker 6 Cam Polson 7 Eric Duechle 8 Riekert Hattingh 9 Phil Mack 10 Ben Cima 11 Peter Tiberio 12 Shalom Suniula 13 George Barton 14 Brock Staller 15 Mat Turner 16 Mike Shepherd 17 Kellen Gordon 18 John Hayden 19 Taylor Krumrei 20 Aladdin Schirmer 21 JP Smith 22 William Rasileka 23 Sequoyah Burke-Combs
Rugby United New York: 1 James Rochford 2 Mike Brown 3 Paddy Ryan 4 Alex MacDonald 5 Trevor Cassidy 6 Kyle Sumsion 7 James Denise 8 Ross Deacon 9 Mike Petri 10 Cathal Marsh 11 Connor Wallace-Sims 12 Will Leonard 13 Ben Foden 14 Mark O’Keeffe 15 Chris Mattina 16 Callum Mackintosh17 Anthony Parry 18 Kirkland Hamilton19 Myles McQuone 20 Matt Hughston 21 Marcus Walsh 22 Gavan D’Amore-Morrison 23 Derek Lipscomb