Austin Elite Rugby hosts the Seattle Seawolves at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas on Saturday, March 16 at 6 pm CDT (7 pm EDT). Tickets are available and the match may be viewed on Facebook Watch or on Root Sports.
Austin Elite Rugby has been competitive but is still seeking its first win, while the Seawolves are in second-place in the MLR standings.
Austin Elite Head Coach has made four changes in his starters with Josh Larsen, Travis Larsen, JP Aguirre, and Sione Fangaiuiha starting at lock, No.8, inside center, and outside center, respectively. Josh returns from international duty with Canada and JP Aguirre makes his debut with the team.
The Seattle Seawolves have made three changes in the starters with Taylor Krumrei, Aladdin Schirmer, and George Barton back at lock, flanker, and inside center, respectively. Roland Suniula will debut for the team when he enters the match.
The Seawolves have the edge in scrums won and points scored, while Austin Elite has the edge in lineouts, turnovers won, and have fewer handling errors.
Austin Elite will need to minimize errors, kick for territory to create scoring opportunities from lineouts inside 22-meters. The Seawolves give up points, but the defense is a difficult one to penetrate. Austin Elite will welcome back Josh Larsen and last week’s debut, Moe Abdelmonem was outstanding at the breakdown. The team is still seeking its first win and the team is motivated to see that change, especially in front of their home fans.
The Seattle Seawolves want to keep pace with the league leaders and will want to gain a bonus point win.
Squads with Player Article Links
Austin Elite Rugby: 1 Chris Schade 2 Tiaan Erasmus 3 Juan Echeverria 4 Ben Mitchell (C) 5 Josh Larsen (VC) 6 Rikus Zwart 7 Mohamed ‘Moe’ Abdelmonam 8 Travis Larsen 9 Mickaël Romera 10 Rodrigo Sliva 11 Alex Faison Donahoe 12 JP Aguirre 13 Sione Fangaiuiha14 Ratu Peni Tagive 15 Soheyl Jaoudat 16 Dominique Bailey 17 Brendan Rams 18 LaRome White19 Dylan Pieterse 20 Kyle Breytenbach 21 Marcelo Torrealba 22 Reece Czarnecki 23 Aidan McMullan + Head Coach Alain Hyardet
Seattle Seawolves: 1 Kellen Gordon 2 Dan Trierweiler 3 Tim Metcher 4 Brad Tucker 5 Taylor Krumrei 6 Eric Duechle 7Aladdin Schirmer 8 Riekert Hattingh 9 JP Smith 10 Ben Cima 11 Sequoyah Burke-Combs 12 George Barton 13 William Rasileka 14 Brock Staller15 Peter Tiberio 16 Stephan Coetzee 17 Olive Kilifi 18 John Hayden 19 Jérémy Lenaerts 20 Nakai Penny 21 Phil Mack 22 Roland Suniula 23 Dion Crowder