Seattle Seawolves vs Toronto Arrows Match Recap
The Seattle Seawolves faced the red hot Toronto Arrows in their home opener at Starfire Sports Complex on Saturday, February 22. The Arrows left with a 39-17 win and lead the Eastern Conference with a 3-0 record, all against Western Conference opponents.
Next Saturday, Seattle hosts the New England Free Jacks, while Toronto travels to face Rugby ATL on Sunday, March 1.
The Seattle Seawolves continued their third home season with another sold-out crowd at Starfire Sports Complex as they hoped to secure their first win in the home season opener.
The Arrows scored first with a Sam Malcolm penalty goal to take a 3-0 lead. That would be the first of Malcolm’s 24 points of the night.
An attack by Mat Turner and Brock Staller stalled after Nakai Penny was dragged into touch. This relieved the pressure and Toronto cleared.
Toronto was pinged for repeat offside infractions and Manual Diana was sent to the bin in the 22nd minute. The Seawolves took advantage of the Arrows being down a man with Mat Turner slicing through the defense for a try with Staller converting to take a 7-3 lead.
The ensuing restart had the Seawolves penalized for being offsides and Malcolm slotted again to cut the lead to 7-6.
In the 34th minute, a break by Ben Lesage led to a try by Arrows Captain Dan Moor and a conversion by Malcolm to lead 13-7, which held up by the break.
Seattle quickly cut the lead to 13-10 with a penalty goal by Staller to begin the half. That was as close as the Seawolves would get in the half.
Toronto added three penalty goals by Malcolm to lead 22-10 and then added a try by Lucas Rumball after the restart, 29-10.
Malcolm added another penalty goal to lead 32-10 in the 67th minute. That lead would hold up until Riekert Hattingh went to the blindside from a scrum to score. Afer Scott Dean converted the score was 32-17.
A loose pass in the final minute was gathered by Arrows’ Captain Dan Moor for the score. Malcolm converted for a 39-17 Toronto win.
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Seattle Seawolves: 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Stephan Coetzee 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Jeremy Lenaerts 5 Brad Tucker 6 Eric Duechle 7 Nakai Penny 8 Riekert Hattingh (C) 9 JP Smith 10 Shalom Suniula (VC) 11 Brock Staller 12 George Barton 13 Jeff Hassler14 Sitiveni Tamaivena 15 Mat Turner 16 Mike Shepherd 17 Kellen Gordon 18 Tim Metcher 19 Taylor Krumrei 20 Vili Toluta’u 21 Scott Dean 22 Joey Iosefo 23 David Busby
Toronto Arrows: 1 Richie Asiata 2 Andrew Quattrin 3 Cole Keith 4 Kolby Francis 5 Paul Ciulini 6 Tomas de la Vega7 Lucas Rumball 8 Manuel Diana 9 Andrew Ferguson 10 Taylor Adams 11 Leandro Leivas 12 Guiseppe du Toit 13 Ben LaSage14 Dan Moor (C) 15 Sam Malcolm 16 Steven Ng 17 Pat Lynott 18 Tyler Rowland 19 Tom Van Horne 20 Peter Milazzo 21 Riley DiNardo 22 Will Kelly 23 Johnny Sheridan