Major League Rugby, Checking in: Old Glory DC finally earn first win

.@PatrickMahomes 🤝 @TeamJuJu

This reception on a 3rd & 13 by JuJu Smith-Schuster picked up 37 yards after the catch – 36 more than expected.

According to @NextGenStats, it’s the 7th-highest YAC over expected in the 2022 #NFL season so far.

#KCvsIND | #ChiefsKingdom

Genius Sports @GeniusSports

Nobody throws a sidearm like @PatrickMahomes and #RomoVision was there to capture it on @NFLonCBS.🏈📊

Congrats to our latest partner the @Colts on their 20-17 win yesterday. #KCvsIND

🎯 It’s been a shaky PL start in defense for TAA, but in passing he ranks:

🔺 1st – passes through the back line (97)
🔺 3rd – passes into final third (184)
🔺 5th – passes leading to shot (20)
🔺 7th – pressured passes

Is Southgate right not to include him for #ENGGER?

#LFC

Overall, the #Packers rank just 18th for yards gained per pass completion, and Rodgers has 4 throw aways. Brady is 8-34 on +10 yard attempts, and 3-11 on +20 yard attempts for #Buccaneers.

Whether it’s Brady’s O-Line, or Rodgers’ receivers; these QBs have trust issues right now.

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Tua ➡️ Tyreek

This deep middle 48-yard TD pass brought the #Dolphins within one score of the Ravens in Week 2. It’s currently the 2nd-most improbable completion (20.7% chance) so far in the #NFL.

🐬🐆

#BUFvsMIA | #FinsUp

Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins

Another 👀 at @cheetah’s first TD as a 🐬!

📺: Watch #MIAvsBAL on @NFLonCBS

#MiamiDolphins and #BuffaloBills both currently average 6.7 yards per play, tied (also with the Eagles and Chiefs) for 2nd in the #NFL after Week 2.

Buffalo just edges Miami in 1st downs (46-45) and drive-scoring rate (52.4%-47.4%).

Expect a high-scoring game. ⚡️

#BUFvsMIA

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DC edge tight encounter to claim first win

After nine games, Od Glory DC finally have their first win of the season and what a way to win it.

In one of the tightest games of the season DC won by 22-21 and with a last gasp try in the final 5 minutes. The win earned them the accolade of MLR ‘Team of the Week’.

Once again, it was a brutal, bruising encounter with both teams conceding double figure penalties, 10 to Old Glory and 14 to Utah.

DC winger, Peni Lasaqa scored another of his team’s four tries and finished with figures of 89 metres ran. It puts him level 6th place in the top try scorers table with 5.

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It’s another disappointing result for Utah, who competed in the middle of the park and at the scrums, but couldn’t find the attacking accuracy needed to finish off phases.

With neither side in a realistic hunt for play-offs, the rest of the season will be one to build and prepare for a better campaign in 2023.

Toronto score eight to move third

Toronto Arrows notched eight tries on their way to a blistering 53-36 victory over NOLA Gold which moved them up to third in the Eastern table.

There were eight different scorers for all of the Arrows’ tries. The pick of them was lock, Cole Keith. He finished with figures of 1 try, 12 ball carries and 85 running metres made to put in an all-round convincing performance.

NOLA scored five tries of their own, but it was their defensive capabilities that let them down in this clash. Toronto were stronger at the breakdown (89-85), lineouts (12-9) and scrums (7-2).

Other results

Seattle Seawolves 34 – 32 San Diego Legion

Three of the Seattle Seawolves team made the MLR team of the week as they put in an all-round attacking and defensive display to edge Legion in a tight Western encounter.

San Diego’s influential kicker, Joe Pietersen had an off day as he only converted 1 from 4 opportunities after Legion scored over the gain line. Legion outscored Seawolves in tries (5 to 4), but Pietersen’s misses proved key to the final result.

Dallas Jackals 3 – 57 Austin Gilgronis

It was another bruising encounter for Dallas in this Texas derby.

The Gilgronis maintain their margin at the top of the Western table. With 9 unanswered tries Austin once again overpowered their opponents’ defensive fragilities.

Outside Centre for the Gilgronis, Mark O’Keefe displayed a dominant performance finishing with 2 tries, 13 carries, 5 offloads and 159 metres run to earn the MLR “Player of the Week” award.

LA Giltinis 17 – 12 Houston SaberCats

The Champions made it five wins in a row and avenged their opening season loss with a controlling win against Houston.

Number 8, Hanco Germishuys again controlled the game in defence and offence as he continues to show his power and authority to run the game. He finished with 1 try, 8 carries and 134 metres run.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 16: Joseph Taufete’e of the Los Angeles Giltinis is tackled in the second half during the game against the Houston Sabercats at Los Angeles Coliseum on April 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for LA Giltinis)
Here’s how the tables stack up…
New York looking for a bounce back against Free Jacks

Rugby New York (6-3) v New England Free Jacks (8-1), Saturday 24th April 14:30pm (ET)

After a bye week, both Rugby New York and New England Free Jacks will be feeling rejuvenated for a top Eastern clash.

Coming off a destructive 43-0 loss to LA Giltinis in Round 10, Rugby New York will be looking to bounce back. They have bought in reinforcements as well. During their bye week they recruited All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo.

Could he make the difference for a team that sits 10th in the overall standings for points scored this season?

For New England, they will be looking to pick up where they left off. Beaudein Waaka is the 2nd highest points scorer and joint 2nd highest try scorer in the league so far. He will be the Free Jacks biggest threat.

New England will look to pounce on a shaky New York defence and with a team low on confidence having to come up against the likes of Waaka and Slade McDowall who also has 5 tries to his name this season, it’s going to be tough for New York to bounce back.

Prediction: New England to win by 7

Other fixtures
  • Old Glory DC (1-9) v Dallas Jackals (0-10), Friday 23rd April 8:00pm (ET)
  • NOLA Gold (3-7) v Austin Gilgronis (8-2), Friday 23rd April 8:00pm (ET)
  • Houston SaberCats (5-5) v Toronto Arrows (6-4), Friday 23rd April 8:00pm (ET)
  • Utah Warriors (2-7) v Seattle Seawolves (5-5), Friday 23rd April 10:00pm (ET)
  • San Diego Legion (5-5) v Rugby ATL (7-2), Saturday 24th April 8:00pm (ET)

 You can catch the highlights of all Round 11 fixtures on the MLR YouTube channel here.

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.@PatrickMahomes 🤝 @TeamJuJu

This reception on a 3rd & 13 by JuJu Smith-Schuster picked up 37 yards after the catch – 36 more than expected.

According to @NextGenStats, it’s the 7th-highest YAC over expected in the 2022 #NFL season so far.

#KCvsIND | #ChiefsKingdom

Genius Sports @GeniusSports

Nobody throws a sidearm like @PatrickMahomes and #RomoVision was there to capture it on @NFLonCBS.🏈📊

Congrats to our latest partner the @Colts on their 20-17 win yesterday. #KCvsIND

🎯 It’s been a shaky PL start in defense for TAA, but in passing he ranks:

🔺 1st – passes through the back line (97)
🔺 3rd – passes into final third (184)
🔺 5th – passes leading to shot (20)
🔺 7th – pressured passes

Is Southgate right not to include him for #ENGGER?

#LFC

Overall, the #Packers rank just 18th for yards gained per pass completion, and Rodgers has 4 throw aways. Brady is 8-34 on +10 yard attempts, and 3-11 on +20 yard attempts for #Buccaneers.

Whether it’s Brady’s O-Line, or Rodgers’ receivers; these QBs have trust issues right now.

2

Tua ➡️ Tyreek

This deep middle 48-yard TD pass brought the #Dolphins within one score of the Ravens in Week 2. It’s currently the 2nd-most improbable completion (20.7% chance) so far in the #NFL.

🐬🐆

#BUFvsMIA | #FinsUp

Miami Dolphins @MiamiDolphins

Another 👀 at @cheetah’s first TD as a 🐬!

📺: Watch #MIAvsBAL on @NFLonCBS

#MiamiDolphins and #BuffaloBills both currently average 6.7 yards per play, tied (also with the Eagles and Chiefs) for 2nd in the #NFL after Week 2.

Buffalo just edges Miami in 1st downs (46-45) and drive-scoring rate (52.4%-47.4%).

Expect a high-scoring game. ⚡️

#BUFvsMIA

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