SEAWOLVES PROVE THEIR STRENGTH WITH A HOME WIN OVER #1 NOLA GOLD

22-Apr-2019

 

SEAWOLVES PROVE THEIR STRENGTH WITH A HOME WIN OVER #1 NOLA GOLD

The Seattle Seawolves rose to #2 in week 13 of Major League Rugby rankings and returned home for an epic rematch against #1 NOLA Gold. Yet another sold out crowd at Starfire Stadium gave the Seawolves the energy they needed to overcome NOLA Gold and pull off a win. The steady play from the Seawolves showed the national CBS audience why they are in fact the reigning MLR Champions.

 

KICK OFF:
Seawolf Ben Cima kicked off the game at Starfire Stadium. The first twenty minutes showed how evenly matched up #2 and #1 were, but the Seawolves owned possession. Brock Staller put up the first points of the game with a penalty kick, 3-0 Seawolves.

 

20 MINUTES:
NOLA Gold charged down the pitch hungry for points and found their way into the try zone. NOLA’s conversion was good, 3-7. Soon after the restart, Seawolves found an opportunity when NOLA was called for not releasing the ball. Staller kicked for points just outside NOLA’s 22-meter line to bring the score to 6-7 at the 26th minute. Another NOLA penalty gave Staller another kick from the outside. Kick was good which brought the score to 9-7 with six minutes left in the half. A fourth successfully converted penalty by Brock “Baller” Staller closed out the first half, 12-7 with the Seawolves up.

 

40 MINUTES:
The Seawolves came out of the half firing and a forceful scrum drove Riekert Hattingh over the try line. Staller’s fifth kick of the night was good, 19-7 Seawolves. NOLA was ready to return when they spotted a gap in the Seawall on the outside and broke through for a team try. Kick conversion was no good for NOLA, 19-12 at the 50th minute. A series of scrambling phases gave NOLA another shot, and they managed to dive in for a try. But once again the kick went wide, score was Seawolves 19-17.

 

60 MINUTES:
As the crowd cried out “Baller Staller,” Brock’s sixth kick of the night was good for another penalty conversion. The Seawolves inched forward on the board once again, 22-17. The Seawolves patience and steady drive led to another penalty kick for Staller, and yet another conversion. Seawolves were up 25-17 with only two minutes left in the game. NOLA returned it quickly with a try and a conversion to make it a one-point game, Seawolves 25-24. NOLA gathered the return and looked for an opportunity to run with it, but the Seawall held strong, waiting for their own opportunity. A loose ball by NOLA allowed JP Smith to kick the ball out to end the game.

 

FINAL SCORE:
Seawolves beat NOLA Gold, 25-24.

 

NEXT HUNT:
The Seawolves are headed to the East Coast to take on the Toronto Arrows on Sunday, April 28 at 10:00 AM PT. Next Sunday will also be the grand opening of the Seawolves Official Team Store. Starting at 9:00 AM PT, Seawolves fans can come to the new team store and buy Seawolves merchandise, located at 1421 34th Ave Suite 100, Seattle. Then when kickoff begins at 10:00, fans can head across the street to Madrona Arms to watch Seattle take on Toronto. Madrona Arms will be offering drink discounts to those in Seawolves merchandise.

 

Media Contact:
Alicia Richardson
Alicia@seattleseawolves.com
425-679-1138