The Toronto Arrows rolled over the Seattle Seawolves 52-7 on Saturday, April 17 at Lupo Family Field in Marietta, Georgia. The match was broadcast on Root Sports, TSN2, and streamed on The Rugby Network.
With the bonus-point win, the Arrows move to 2-3 and have 11 points in the standings. This temporarily places them in first place in the Eastern Conference standings, with the other five teams still to play.
The Seawolves drop to 1-3 with the loss and will stay in the last place in the Western Conference with 6 points. While it is the only week five of the MLR season, the Seawolves will face an uphill battle to make the playoffs, as the LA Giltinis, Austin Gilgronis, and the Utah Warriors are off to fast starts.
The Toronto Arrows seem to like the morning start as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead at the break.
Less than three minutes into the match, Tayler Adams offloaded to Joaquin Tuculet, who found a seam for a try with Adams adding the extras for a 7-0 lead. Five minutes later, Ben LeSage added a try after a give-and-go from Manuel Montero, with Adams converting, 14-0.
Tayler Adams punished Seattle with a penalty goal in the 16th minute to push the lead to 17-0.
In the 28th minute, Toronto offloads resulted in a Ross Braude try on a second effort under the posts, 24-0.
In the 33rd minute, Andrew Durutalo left the pitch with a lower leg injury with Tommy Hunkin-Clark replacing him.
Prior to the break, the Arrows had a chance to score again from a lineout 5-meters from in-goal, but the throwing by McRogers was not straight.
During the first half, Seattle had numerous handling errors and penalties, however, at the 30th minute, possession was relatively equal.
The Toronto Arrows had the first scoring opportunity from a lineout 5-meters out, but a knock on soon after gave Seattle a 5-meter scrum. The Seawolves cleared and the Arrows went through phases before Patrick Parfrey took a skip pass untouched for a bonus point try under the posts, 31-0.
Seattle marched downfield to within a meter of in-goal and camped out for five minutes with multiple scrums and scored a try following a lineout as Mike Shepherd mauled over the line. Cima added the extras to cut the lead to 31-7.
The Toronto Arrows added a try after offloads from Tuculet to Montero to Jack McRogers for the try, with Adams converting, 38-7. The Arrows added another try after a Manuel Diana break and a Gaston Mieres offload to Jason Higgins, with Adams slotting the kick, 45-7.
The Arrows would add a final try after a scrum 5-meters from in-goal with Gaston Cortes going low and grounding. Adams again was on target to lead 52-7.
That’s the way the match would end with the Arrows inches from in-goal in the final minute.
Play of the Match honors went to Toronto Arrows Patrick Parfrey. The Seawolves will look to the inspired play by Mat Turner in the losing effort.
The Arrows were stellar at the breakdown in creating turnovers and penalties. They were on fire during the match and in control from the start.
The Seawolves, who have had a rash of injuries and will need to regroup and put together a winning streak, if they hope to get back in the Western Conference race.
Next Sunday both teams will play conference matches away with the Arrows traveling to New Jersey for a match against Rugby United New York and the Seawolves traveling to Austin for a match against the Gilgronis.
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Toronto Arrows: 1 Cole Keith 2 Jack McRogers 3 Tyler Rowland 4 Mason Flesch 5 Paul Ciulini 6 Tomás de la Vega 7 Lucas Rumball (cc) 8 Manuel Diana 9 Ross Braude10 Tayler Adams 11 Manuel Montero 12 Patrick Parfrey 13 Ben LeSage (cc) 14 Gastón MIeres 15 Joaquin Tuclet 16 Pat Lynott 17 Andrew Quattrin18 Gastón Cortes 19 Adrian Wadden 20 Marcello Wainwright 21 Jason Higgins 22 Leandro Leivas 23 Spencer Jones
Seattle Seawolves: 1 Djustice Sears-Duru 2 Mike Shepherd 3 Jake Ilnicki 4 Rhyno Herbst 5 FP Pelser 6 Eric Duechle 7 Andrew Durutalo 8 Riekert Hattingh (c) 9 Devereaux Ferris 10 Kieran Joyce 11 Sitiveni Tamaivena 12 George Barton 13 Ross Neal (VC) 14 Mat Turner 15 Ben Cima 16 Obert Nortjé 17 Huluholo Moungaloa 18 Tim Metcher 19 Les Soloai 20 Tommy Hunkin-Clark 21 Aaron Matthews22 Setareki Tuilevuka 23 Juan Pablo ‘Juampi’ Aguirre