Old Glory DC vs Rugby ATL Match Preview

Old Glory DC hosts their second home game of the season on Sunday, March 8 against Rugby ATL. Kickoff is at 6:00 pm ET at Cardinal Stadium at Catholic University and is the CBS Sports Network game of the week. International fans may view the match on Major League Rugby Facebook Live.

Old Glory DC beat Rugby ATL in a preseason match, however, the stakes are much higher this time around. Old Glory has a 3-1 record with 13 points and is in third place in the very competitive Eastern Conference standings, one point behind Rugby United New York, who face the only undefeated team in the league Sunday, the San Diego legion away.

Rugby ATL has a 2-2 record and has 10 points, one point behind fourth-place NOLA Gold, who host the New England Free Jacks on Saturday, March 7.

The Eastern Conference has added incentive this week as the Toronto Arrows lost last night to the Colorado Raptors and now are 4-1 with 19 points.

Look for the match to be a close one with the team which minimizes infractions and handling errors emerging as the winner.

Old Glory DC is really making an impact in the community. On Saturday, March 7 they are hosting a free women’s/girl’s 90-minute clinic in celebration of International Women’s Day that will be run by Old Glory DC players and coaches at 2 PM at West Potomac High School (6500 Quander Road, Alexandria, VA). Doug Fraser, Travis Larsen, and Mungo Mason will be players, who are leading the clinic.

Visible female role models are incredibly powerful in girls’ development. The goal of this clinic is to not only develop rugby skills, but to also offer representation to girls attached to local youth programs in the surrounding areas.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please email hopeallen@oldglorydc.com

*Clinic is inclusive to all – girls, women, non-binary*

Old Glory DC

Old Glory Head Coach Andrew Douglas has made one change in the starters with Dylan Pieterse in the Api Naikatini, who is following a concussion protocol. Tendai Mtawarira will also miss his second consecutive match as he is still recovering from an injury.

There are two changes in the reserves with Mo Katz and Josh Brown. Katz could make his season debut.

Old Glory DC published their own preview of the match by Evan Lappen with Coach Douglas indicating that he doesn’t put much weight into the MLR’s First XV selections, although Jake Turnbull and Declan O’Donnell were honored as part of the squad. “Turnbull did the dirty work playing the full 80 minutes at loosehead prop, made 13 tackles on defense, and led the team with a total of 26 ruck arrivals and eight cleanouts. O’Donnell had a motor that never stopped, his aerial skills were outstanding, played unselfishly, and led the team with 11 carries for 86 meters and three line breaks.”

“Jake is playing really well at the moment,” Douglas said. “He has always had a high work-rate, he is very fit and very strong. Declan is doing what Declan has been doing the past three or four years. He’s been a 7s star, and he’s a product of the Maori All Blacks, so he’s playing his normal game. What you are seeing is a very good rugby player playing rugby that he should be playing.”

Coach Douglas went on to highlight the play of Sosene-Feagai in his first game back from injury, Danny Tusitala’s and Jason Robertson’s consistency at #9 and #10, Ciaran Hearn’s dependability in the centers, and Thretton Palamo’s physical dominance on defense (17 tackles).

One of the players that really stood out was eight-man Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz. He was fourth on the squad, with nine carries for 66 meters, led the team with 20 tackles, and was active at the breakdown with a total of 22 ruck arrivals.

“[Jamason] is playing well,” Douglas praised. “Again, he is a very good rugby player playing the way he should be playing. He is a very good ball carrier, he’s quick off the mark, and he’s got a nice skill set.”

Jason Robertson was also honored as the Toyota Athlete of the Week by ABC 7 News – WJLA.

Douglas continued about Rugby ATL saying “We know they have a strong set-piece, they enjoy set piece, and defensively, they are pretty solid. They are improving all the time as well. They are a pretty disciplined team, and they work hard for each other, so it’s going to be a tough one. They are a young team that is doing really well. We’re expecting a big challenge from Atlanta.”

Rugby ATL

General Manager and Head Coach Scott Lawrence has made four changes in his staters with Chance Wengleski joining his teammates Alex Maughan and Duane Aholelei in a first-week front row. Vilu Helu also returns to start at blindside flanker.

There are two back changes with Harley Davidson at the wing and Martini Talapusi gaining his first regular-season start at fullback.

Amro Gouda, Jason Damm, and Bill Fukofuka are back in the matchday 23 as reserves.

Scott Lawrence is well aware of Old Glory’s fast start with a 3-1 record. ” Old Glory has really come out of the blocks quickly in their first season and showed themselves to be a team that finds ways to win.”

Old Glory DC & Rugby ATL Squads with Player Article Links

Old Glory DC: 1 Jake Turnbull 2 Mikey Sosene-Feagai 3 Will Vakalahi 4 Tevita Naqali 5 Dylan Pieterse 6 Travis Larsen 7 Mungo Mason (CC) 8 Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz 9 Danny Tusitala 10 Jason Robertson 11 Doug Fraser12 Ciaran Hearn 13 Thretton Palamo (CC) 14 Declan O’Donnell 15 Dylan Taikato-Simpson16 Mo Katz 17 Max Lum 18 Gordon Fullerton19 Josh Brown 20 Matt Hughston  21 Michael Reid 22 Mike Dubulas 23 Renata Roberts TeNana

Rugby ATL: 1 Chance Wenglewski 2 Alex MaughanCronan Gleeson 4 Johan Momsen  5 Stefan Willemse 6 Vili Helu 7 Matt Heaton (C) 8 Ross Deacon 9 Duncan Van Schalkwyk 10 Kurt Coleman 11 Harley Davidson 12 Ryan Nell (VC) 13 Jeremy Misailegalu14 Zander Van Schalkwyk 15 Martini Talapusi 16 Amro Gouda17 Jamie Ferrante18 Julian Montes 19 Conor Keys 20 Jason Damm 21  Kurtis Werner 22  Sean Coughlan 23 Bill Fukofuka

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