Utah Warriors vs Toronto Arrows: MLR Preview

The Utah Warriors host the Toronto Arrows on Saturday, March 30 at 2 pm MDT (4 pm EDT). Tickets are available and the match may be viewed on ESPN+, Game TV, and on KMYU.

The Utah Warriors have a 1-1-4 record and look for a win against the Toronto Arrows, who are 3-4. The Arrows play their final road game of the regular season and will play the second half of the season at home.

Match Comments

Update – Jack Nay will not feature in the match. Kolby Francis moves to #8 with Tom Van Horne joining the reserves at #19.

Utah Warriors Head Coach Alf Daniels made two changes as Josh Reeves returns and James Semple is rested at flyhalf. Tonata Lauti also returns at wing with Josh Anderson also rested.

Ara Elkington returns to the matchday 23 after becoming a father and Nolan Tuamoheloa also joins the reserves.

Toronto Arrows Director of Rugby Chris Silverthorn has also made two changes with Steve Ng gaining a start at hooker and Avery Oitomen returning at wing, as Gaston Mieres shifts to fullback.

In the reserves, Jack McRogers, Jamie Mackenzie and Theo Sauder made their 2019 debut with the team. Marcelo Wainwright and Kainoa Lloyd also join the matchday 23.

Look for the Toronto Arrows to test the Warriors in the scrum. Although the Arrows are penalized slightly more often, the Warriors penalties occur mainly in the scrum and when tackling. The Arrows infractions are also during the tackle and in being offsides.

Both teams will need to minimize infractions with Josh Reeves and Sam Malcolm capable of punishing the opposing team with penalty goals inside the opposition territory.

The Utah Warriors maintain more possession in their attack and make their opponents work hard when scoring tries. The Arrows advance the ball over the gainline and look to score quickly on the attack.

Squads with Player Article Links

Utah Warriors: 1 Franco Van den Berg 2 Jeremy Leber 3 Angus Maclellan 4 Saia Uhila 5 Matt Jensen Jackson Kaka 7 Lance Williams 8 John Cullen (VC) 9 Johnny Ika 10 Josh Reeves 11Fetu’u Vanikolo 12 Tim O’Malley (C) 13 Gannon Moore 14 Tonata Lauti 15 Don Pati 16 Blake Burdette 17 Huluhola Moungaloa 18 Ara Elkington 19 Arthur Bergo 20 Alex Tucci 21 Nolan Tuamoheloa 22 Jeremy Misailegalu 23 Joseph Nicholls + Head Coach Alf Daniels

Toronto Arrows: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 Steven Ng 3 Morgan Mitchell 4 Mike Sheppard 5 Paul Ciulini 6 Lucas Rumball (C) 7 Peter Milazzo 8 Kolby Francis 9 Andrew Ferguson 10 Sam Malcolm 11Dan Moor (C) 12 Guiseppe du Toit 13 Spencer Jones 14 Avery Oitomen 15 Gaston Mieres 16 Jack McRogers 17 Tom Dolezel 18 Cole Keith 19 Tom Van Horne 20 Marcello Wainwright 21 Jamie Mackenzie 22 Kainoa Lloyd 23 Theo Sauder + Director of Rugby, Chris Silverthorn

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