SEAWOLVES HUNT TOWARDS PLAYOFFS WITH CRUCIAL WIN OVER RUNY
The Seawolves have been slow to start in the past but a huge first half showed that the Seawolves are prepared for a strong end to the season
and ready to fight for another Major League Rugby title. The last twenty minutes of the game tested the Seawolves defensive wall, but they
held strong for the win over RUNY.
momentum with kicks up the pitch. Mat Turner spotted a gap in the defense and soared through to dot it down right between the posts which gave
Brock Staller an easy conversion, 7-0 Seawolves. The Seawolves won the kick cleanly and took it out wide to the backs. Riekert Hattingh found
another gap in RUNY’s defense and landed right under the posts once again, reaching for a second Seawolves try, and another successful conversion,
14-0 Seawolves. Within minutes, the Seawolves were in possession once again and Ben Cima moved the ball out to Mat Turner who cleared all of
RUNY’s defense with his fast footwork for a third Seawolves try. Staller was three for three on kicks which brought the score to 21-0 Seawolves.
a quick tap and dove in under the posts for their first points of the game. The kick was good, 21-7. At the end of the first half an offsides
call against RUNY gave Staller a chance to snag a few more points with a penalty kick. Staller’s fourth kick was good, 24-7 Seawolves. With
less than a minute left in the half Shalom Suniula cleared through the defense and dished the ball to JP Smith who was away for another centered
try. Staller converted again and the Seawolves went into the half up 31-7 and secured a bonus point for four tries.
kick-pass on RUNY’s behalf set them up a try. The kick was good, 31-14 at minute 47. Another series of quick offensive plays gave RUNY another
try and conversion, the game grew closer to 31-21.
call however gave RUNY a scrum. A tense ten minutes of defense for the Seawolves was saved by smart plays and Hattingh found a small gap to
gain some breathing room. Burke-Combs carried into RUNY’s half of the field, George Barton squeezed through the defense, offloaded to Shalom
Suniula who then dished to Phil Mack for another try. Staller cleared his sixth kick of the day, 38-21 Seawolves. RUNY answered back with a
mauling try but the kick was missed. 38-26 with the Seawolves still in the lead and eight minutes left in the game. Another smart kick by RUNY
in the corner and a missed tackle by the Seawolves awarded RUNY a quick try. RUNY’s conversion kick went wide again, 38-31 with four minutes
remaining. In the final minute of the game, RUNY was on the edge of another try but lost the ball forward, awarding the Seawolves a scrum and
Cima kicked to clear to end the game.
continue on the road for their final away game of the regular season to take on the Glendale Raptors in Colorado on Saturday, May 18 at 3:00
PM PT. The game is the CBS Game of the Week, watch live on CBS Sports. The Seawolves return home to Starfire Stadium on Sunday, May 26 at 5:00
PM PT to take on the Utah Warriors.
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