The Toronto Arrows defeated the Houston SaberCats 35-21 for their first home Major League Rugby win in its history. The match was played at York Alumni Stadium on April 21.
The Arrows leveled their record to 5-5 and are in sixth place, while the SaberCats fell to 2-8 and are in seventh place.
Toronto will host the Seattle Seawolves on April 28, while the Houston SaberCats host the San Diego Legion that same day.
The Toronto Arrows jumped out to a 21-0 lead on tries by Kolby Francis, Teo Sauder, and Andrew Quattrin, with Sam Malcolm slotting three conversions.
The SaberCats scored two tries by Zach Pangelinan and by Pat O’Toole to cut the lead to 21-14 at the break after Sam Windsor’s conversions.
The SaberCats showed why their scrum is one of the best in the league with a penalty try to level the match at 21 all.
Momentum was on the SaberCats side, but a handling error gave the arrows possession and resulted in a Mike Sheppard try. The Arrows added another by Kainoa Llyod with Guiseppe Du Toit slotting the final two conversions to win 35-21.
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Toronto Arrows: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 AJ Quattrin 3 Cole Keith 4 Mike Sheppard 5 Kolby Francis 6 Lucas Rumball 7 Peter Milazzo 8 Marcello Wainwright 9 Jamie Mackenzie10 Sam Malcolm 11 Leandro Leivas 12 Guiseppe du Toit 13 Dan Moor (C) 14 Avery Oitomen 15 Theo Sauder16 Steven Ng 17 Pat Lynott 18 Morgan Mitchell 19 Tom Van Horne 20 John Moonlight 21 Riley DiNardo 22 Kainoa Lloyd 23 Shawn Windsor + Director of Rugby, Chris Silverthorn
Houston SaberCats: 1 Jamie Dever 2 Pat O’Toole 3 Paul Mullen 4 Diego Magno 5 Victor Comptat 6 Luke Beauchamp (C) 7 Alejandro Nieto 8 Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz 9 Connor Murphy 10 Sam Windsor 11 Malacchi Esdale 12 Thretton Palamo 13 Osea Kolinisau 14 Deion Mikesell 15 Zach Pangelinan 16 Amro Gouda 17 Mateo Sanguinetti 18 Charlie Connolly 19 Matt Trouville 20 Chris Coyle 21 Cecil Garber 22 Max Tacket 23 Joe Kelly + Head Coach Justin Fitzpatrick