The Seattle Seawolves host the San Diego Legion on Sunday, March 31 at Starfire Stadium. Standing room tickets are available and for those who can’t attend, the match may be viewed on ESPN+, KMYU, and Root Sports.
The Seattle Seawolves are in third place in the MLR standings with a 5-0-2 record, while the San Diego Legion is in fifth place with a 4-1-2 record.
Seattle Seawolves Head Coach Richie Walker has made four changes in his starters from the last match two weeks ago. Olive Kilifi and Stephan Coetzee return in the front row at loosehead prop and hooker, respectively. Cam Polson is at lock and Shalom Suniula will captain the team at inside center.
In the reserves, Mat Turner returns to the matchday roster, while Joey Iosefa could make his 2019 MLR debut at center. Iosefa previously played in the exhibition season for the Seawolves and for the Seattle Saracens against the Seawolves. In 2018 the former NFL fullback played for the Houston SaberCats.
San Diego Legion Head Coach Rob Hoadley has made three changes in his starters with Lou Stanfill returning at lock, Jasa Veremalua making the transition to flanker, and Ryan Matyas returning at wing. In the reserves, Nathan Sylvia returns to the matchday roster.
The Seattle Seawolves came back to beat the San Diego Legion 17-13 in week two. Both teams’ defenses excelled and the set pieces were even. This week’s match will require the teams to maintain possession and minimize infractions and handling errors. Both Pietersen and Staller are among the best kickers in the league. The match will still likely come down to kicking for territory and attacking from lineouts deep in the opposition territory for tries.
Squads with Player Article Links
Seattle Seawolves: 1 Olive Kilifi 2 Stephan Coetzee 3 Tim Metcher 4 Taylor Krumrei 5 Brad Tucker 6 Cam Polson 7 Eric Duechle 8 Riekert Hattingh 9 JP Smith 10 Ben Cima 11 Sequoyah Burke-Combs 12 Shalom Suniula (C)13 William Rasileka 14 Peter Tiberio 15 Brock Staller 16 Dan Trierweiler17 Kellen Gordon18 John Hayden 19 Jérémy Lenaerts 20 Aladdin Schirmer 21 Phil Mack 22 Joey Iosefa 23 Mat Turner
San Diego Legion: 1 Faka’osi Pifeleti 2 Deon Muir 3 Paddy Ryan (VC) 4 Lou Stanfill 5 Keni Nasoqeqe 6 Jasa Veremalua 7 Psalm Wooching 8 Jordan Manihera 9 Nate Augspurger 10 Joe Pietersen (C) 11 Ryan Matyas 12 JP du Plessis 13 Dylan Audsley 14 Conor Kearns 15 Mike Te’o16 Kapeli Pifeleti 17 Nathan Sylvia 18 Aaron Mitchell 19 Siaosi Mahoni 20 Drew Gaffney 21 Nick Boyer 22 Tai Enosa 23 Kyle Rogers + Head Coach Rob Hoadley
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