Glendale Raptors Named Major League Rugby Team of the Week

NOLA Gold’s JP Eloff Named Player of the Week

The Glendale Raptors were named the Major League Rugby Team of the Week the League announced today. Glendale improved to 7-0 and secured the number one seed in the inaugural MLR Championship Series with a 33-11 win over Seattle.

The Seawolves scored 11 points in the early going and held Glendale scoreless for the opening 35 minutes, but it was not enough to tame the Raptors’ high-powered attack. Outside centre Chad London poached a ball out of the back of a Seawolves ruck and took it in for a long try to kick off a 33-point Glendale run.

NOLA’s JP Eloff earned Player of the Week honors. His crucial moment came early with his drop goal deep in the Utah half to bring the Gold’s score to eight points. Eloff scored multiple try-assists and a try throughout the match by slicing through the Utah backline. He accounted for 23 of the Gold’s points in their 46-43 win.

NOLA sits tied with Utah (17 points) and one spot behind Austin (18 points) for the final spot in the MLR Championship Series.

MLR also announced the First XV:
Loosehead Prop, Luke White, Glendale Raptors
Hooker, Pat Blair, San Diego Legion
Tighthead Prop, Tim Metcher, Seattle Seawolves
Left Lock, Ben Mitchell, Austin Elite
Right Lock, Saia ‘Uhila , Utah Warriors
Blindside Flanker, John Wayne Cullen, Utah Warriors
Openside Flanker, Ross Deacon, Austin Elite
No 8., Matt Hughston, NOLA Gold
Scrum-half, Nick Boyer, San Diego Legion
Fly-half, Maximo De Achaval, Glendale Raptors
Blindside Wing, AJ Tu’ineau, Utah Warriors
Inside Center, Mika Kruse, Glendale Raptors
Outside Center, Chad London, Glendale Raptors
Openside Wing, Tim Maupin, NOLA Gold
Fullback, Don Pati, Utah Warriors

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2018 MLR Weekly Honors

Week 1
Team of the Week: Seattle Seawolves
Player of the Week: Phil Mack

Week 2
Team of the Week: San Diego Legion
Player of the Week: Zach Fenoglio

Week 3
Team of the Week: Austin Elite
Player of the Week: Anthony Salaber

Week 4
Team of the Week: Glendale Raptors
Player of the Week: Marcus Walsh

Week 5
Team of the Week: NOLA Gold
Player of the Week: Vili Toluta’u

Week 6
Team of the Week: Utah Warriors
Player of the Week: Brock Staller

Week 7
Team of the Week: Austin Elite
Player of the Week: Will Magie

Week 8
Team of the Week: San Diego Legion
Player of the Week: Harley Davidson

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About MLR

MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes.

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