Previewing 2018 Major League Rugby Championship Match


The inaugural Major League Rugby season will come to an end this Saturday, but not without the epic conclusion of the Championship match. It will come down to the two heavy weights, Glendale Raptors and Seattle Seawolves. This could be a great match to watch.

Seattle in their last match against San Diego won decidedly 38-24, but San Diego did play well for most of the contest until what seemed like the wheels falling off. The Seawolves scored five tries from five different players such as Peter Tiberio and John Hayden. Fly-half Peter Smith converted on all his opportunities and also tacked on a penalty kick.

Glendale was absolutely flat out dominant against Utah as they won 34-21. The Raptors managed to score early as Sam Figg scored in the first two minutes of the match and Glendale kept piling on scoring five more tries including from Shaun Davies and Harley Davidson. Fly-half Will Magie managed to convert three of the five opportunities, but he also he also tacked on a penalty kick.

This could very well be the match of the year as both these teams were heavy favorites going into the season. Glendale and Seattle have matched up twice this season with the Raptors winning both 19-15 in the first match and 33-11 in the second. Both their scrum units are phenomenal, but many seem to like Seattle’s the best and that could very well be the biggest factor in this Championship. Seattle might also be looking to avenge their losses from earlier in the season which could mean they will come out swinging harder than ever before. Some have even said that Seattle might even be better than Glendale this season, so here is their chance to be proven correctly.


James Rowe: Glendale. I do however think this could be just an awesome match to watch and I look forward to watching it. That being said, the Raptors are absolutely deep with talent, depth, and versatility, plus they have a ton of speed in their backs and their forwards are very physical and I would be hard pressed to not pick Glendale. I just love watching them play. This is just not Seattle’s time.

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