Seattle Seawolves vs Toronto Arrows: MLR Semifinal

The second ranked Seattle Seawolves face the third ranked Toronto Arrows at 6 pm (9 pm ET) at Starfire Stadium on Sunday, June 9. The teams split their regular season matches.

Tickets are available for the match and for those who can’t attend, it will be broadcast of CBS Sports Network. Fans outside the U.S. may view the match on the Major League Rugby Facebook page.

Match Comments

Toronto Arrows Director of Rugby Chris Silverthorn has made two changes in the starters with Marcelo Wainwright replacing John Moonlight, who is unavailable, at flanker. Andrew Ferguson swaps with Jamie Mackenzie at scrumhalf with Mackenzie moving to the reserves. Kolby Francis also is on the matchday roster as a reserve.

Seattle Seawolves head Coach Richie Walker has made two changes in his starters with Shalom Suniula at inside center and new father Mat Turner at fullback. Vili Toluta’u returns from an injury in the reserves.

The teams split their two matches this season with Seattle coming from behind to defeat Toronto at home, while the Arrows defeated the Seawolves at home.

The Arrows are the hottest team in Major League Rugby with seven consecutive wins at home. They were 4-4 on the road and the trip to the West Coast is a challenge. Toronto will hope to draw on their recent win over the Seawolves, while Seattle draws confidence from playing at Starfire Stadium and its home sell out crowds. Expect a close match this time with the team minimizing errors moving forward.

Both teams will score tries, but the match will likely be decided with the boot of either Brock Staller or Sam Malcolm.

Squads with Player Article Links

Seattle Seawolves: 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Stephan Coetzee Tim MetcherApisai Naikatini 5 Brad Tucker 6 Samu Manoa 7 Nakai Penny 8 Riekert Hattingh C) 9 JP Smith 10 Ben Cima 11 Jeff Hassler 12 Shalom Suniula (C) 13 George Barton 14 Brock Staller 15 Mat Turner 16 Dan Trierweiler17 Kellen Gordon 18 Jake Ilnicki 19 Taylor Krumrei  20 Eric Duechle 21 Phil Mack 22 Roland Suniula 23 Vili Toluta’u + Head Coach Richie Walker

Toronto Arrows: 1 Rob Brouwer 2 AJ Quattrin 3 Morgan Mitchell 4 Mike Sheppard 5 Paul Ciulini 6 Marcello Wainwright 7 Peter Milazzo 8 Luke Campbell 9 Andrew Ferguson 10 Sam Malcolm 11 Leandro Leivas 12 Guiseppe du Toit 13 Spencer Jones 14 Dan Moor (C) 15 Gastón Mieres 16 Steven Ng 17 Pat Lynott 18 Cole Keith 19 Tom Van Horne 20 Kolby Francis21 Jamie Mackenzie 22 Patrick Parfrey 23 Kainoa Lloyd + Director of Rugby, Chris Silverthorn

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