Rugby New York defeated the Seattle Seawolves 30-22 on Sunday, May 15, earning a bonus point in the win. The match was streamed internationally on The Rugby Network.
In a preliminary Women’s Premier League match, New York Rugby Club came back from a 19-3 deficit to beat the San Diego Surfers 34-19 to remain undefeated with a 5-0 record. San Diego, who arrived that morning on a red-eye flight, records fell to 2-3. The player costs involved in traveling for WPL matches, necessity also returning home after the match.
The WPL was discussed with the referee and USA Women’s Assistant Coach Jenny Lui after the match.
Rugby New York and Seattle Seawolves
With the win, Rugby New York’s record improved to 9-4 with 47 points and moved them into second place in the Eastern Conference and closer to a playoff spot. Next Sunday, on May 22, the team faces Rugby ATL in their final home match before away matches against Old Glory and the Eastern Conference top seed, New England Free Jacks. The Ratlers are in third place with 42 points and it is shaping up that New York will face Rugby ATL in the playoffs with the home field yet to be decided. That assumes that the Toronto Arrows don’t win out with bonus-point wins and that either Rugby ATL or Rugby New York lose all their remaining matches.
The Seawolves Seawolves’ record fell to 7-7 and 36 points, which moved them into fifth place in the Western Conference with two matches left. The San Diego Legion also has a 7-7 record with 37 points and is in fourth place, while the Houston SaberCats are in third place with 41 points and an 8-5 record. All three teams are battling for the playoffs with the SaberCats having the inside track.
Following a lineout about 35 yards out, Rugby New York struck first as Andrew Coe stepped defenders for a try with Jack Heighton adding the extras to take a 7-0 lead. Heighton would add a penalty goal after a side entry penalty from the breakdown to extend the lead to 10-0.
New York handling errors inside Seawolves territory started a Seawolves attack placing the team under tremendous pressure within striking distance from in-goal. The Seawolves’ maul from a 5-meter lineout resulted in a penalty try with Rugby New York’s Will Tucker sent to the bin, 10-7. AJ Altimu would level the match at 10 in the 34th minute with a penalty goal.
With time winding down before the half, New York attacked from a 5-meter lineout and an obstruction penalty allowed the Seawolves to clear. New York attacked again and after a scrum penalty by Seattle, Jack Heighton slotted a penalty goal to take a 13-10 lead into the break.
Rugby New York had the first scoring opportunity when the ball went wide left to Jack Heighton, but he stepped into touch before the grounding by Will Tucker. Soon after New York mauled after a lineout and Dylan Fawsitt dotted down to extend the lead to 18-10 as Heighton’s conversion was wide.
The Seawolves answered back with a try by Dan Kriel in the left corner with Altimu adding the extras to make it a one-point match, 18-17.
The teams then traded tries with Kaleb Geiger barreling over from close range for New York and Martin Iosefo adding a try in the left corner with both conversions missed. 23-22.
A Rugby New York attack 5-meters from in-goal had Seattle’s Rhyno Herbst sent to the bin for a side entry into a maul in the 75th minute. A few plays later, Rugby New York was awarded a penalty try after an attacking scrum, gaining a bonus point in the standings. The scrum was one of the highlight videos, as can be seen below.
Next Sunday will be a key Eastern Conference match between Rugby New York against Rugby ATL with the winner likely getting home-field advantage in the playoffs. Seattle has a bye week before hosting the Houston SaberCats on May 27. They will be rooting for Old Glory this week to beat the SaberCats for the Seawolves to have any chance at the playoffs.
Post Match Interview with Nick Civetta & Andrew Durutalo
Rugby New YNick Civetta & Drew Durutualo discuss playing in the Varsity Match for Oxford against Cambridge and what it meant for them to play in the Rugby World Cup.
Squads with Player Article Links & Match Preview
Before the match, Rugby New York had several squad changes with Charlie Hewitt for Nate Brakeley and Andrew Coe for Sam Windsor. Nick Civetta and John Powers joined the reserves at 19and 23, respectively. Ben Bonasso assumed the captain’s duties.
Rugby New York: 1 Nic Mayhew 2 Dylan Fawsitt 3 Kalolo Tuiloma 4 Charlie Hewitt 5 Will Tucker 6 Ben Bonasso (C) 7 Brendon O’Connor 8 Kara Pryor 9 Connor Buckley 10 Jack Heighton 11 Ed Fidow 12 Jason Emery 13 Faasiu Fuatai 14 Waisake Naholo 15 Andrew Coe 16 Kaleb Geiger 17 Chance Wenglewski 18 Sak Taulafo 19 Nick Civetta 20 Antonio Kiri Kiri 21Conor McManus 22 Quinn Ngawati 23 John Powers
Seattle Seawolves: 1 Mzamo Majola 2 Sean McNulty 3Sam Matenga 4 Samu Manoa 5 Rhyno Herbst 6 Andrew Durutalo 7 Setefano Funaki 8 Riekert Hattingh (C) 9 JP Smith 10 AJ Alatimu 11 Martin Iosefo 12 Tavite Lopeti 13 Dan Kriel 14 Lauina Futi 15 Duncan Matthews 16 James Malcolm17 Kellen Gordon 18 Taniela Tupou 19 Brad Tucker 20 Tommy Clark 21 Reid Watkins 22 Lopeti Aisea 23 Ross Neal
Rugby New York: Record 8-4, 37 points, 3rd place
- Houston SaberCats 7-10 Rugby New York, Match Preview
- Rugby ATL 31-36 Rugby New York, Match Preview
- Dallas Jackals 5-41 Rugby New York, Match Preview
- Rugby New York 29-38 New England Free Jacks, Match Preview
- Rugby New York 26-23 San Diego Legion, Match Preview
- NOLA Gold 19-30 Rugby New York Match Preview
- Rugby New York 10-14 Toronto Arrows Match Preview
- Rugby New York 35-31 Old Glory DC Match Preview
- LA Giltinis 43-0 Rugby New York Match Preview
- Rugby New York 26-29 New England Free Jacks Match Preview
- Rugby New York 36-28 NOLA Gold Match Preview
- Toronto Arrows 17-41 Rugby New York Match Preview
- Rugby New York vs Seattle Seawolves (May 15)
- Rugby New York vs Rugby ATL (May 22)
- Old Glory vs Rugby New York (May 29)
- New England Free Jacks vs Rugby New York (June 3)
Seattle Seawolves: Record 7-6, 36 points, 3rd place
- Seattle Seawolves 21-8 Toronto Arrows
- Seattle Seawolves 20-17 Utah Warriors
- San Diego Legion 28-31 Seattle Seawolves
- Seattle Seawolves 18-25 Austin Gilgronis
- Seattle Seawolves 14-15 NOLA Gold
- Houston SaberCats 21-19 Seattle Seawolves
- Dallas Jackals 12-34 Seattle Seawolves
- Seattle Seawolves 12-31 LA Giltinis
- New England Free Jacks 24-22 Seattle Seawolves
- Seattle Seawolves 34-32 San Diego Legion
- Utah Warriors 14-20 Seattle Seawolves
- Austin Gilgronis 17-6 Seattle Seawolves
- Seattle Seawolves 74-7 Dallas Jackals
- Rugby New York vs Seattle Seawolves May 15
- Seattle Seawolves vs Houston May 27
- LA Giltinis vs Seattle Seawolves June 5
WPL Rugby Squads
New York Rugby Club: 1 Amber Chandu 2 Gianna Solomon 3 Jessica Ruiz 4 Jessica Salud 5 Judo Fremd 6 Adriana Castillo 7 Gio Cruz 8 Misha Green (CC) 9 Sarah Minahan 10 Nikki Richardson 11 Matilda Kocay 12 Kat Ramage 13 Jetta Owens 14 Allysa O’Neill 15 Tess Feury (CC) 16 Caoimhe O’Sullivan 17 Daisy Titus 18 Kristin Aliberto 19 Justina Debruzzi 20 Shamira Robles 21 Denise Zambon 22 Liz Berridge 23 Ray Montano
San Diego Surfers: 1 Kimdinh Tran 2 Annika Santos 3 Eleanor Amidei 4 Ruby Wyatt 5 Maya Jackson 6 Talia Carrasquillo 7 Sheree Collins 8 Julia Buescher (VC) 9 Srob Oberman-Breindel 10 Hunter Griendling 11 Ashley Torrecillas 12 Lauren Thunen 13 Teigan MacDonald (C) 14 Amy Verdonik 15 Elona Williams