Arrows win sixth MLR game in row, beating Glendale Raptors 40-12

Toronto now third in Major League Rugby with one game left before playoffs

Toronto Arrows players line up for the national anthem before their game with Glendale last Sunday.
Toronto Arrows players line up for the national anthem before their game with Glendale last Sunday. The expansion club is on the verge of a playoff spot in Major League Rugby. Shannon Pakulis

Toronto Arrows came back strong after a bye week to win their sixth game in a row when they beat the Glendale Raptors 40-12 at Lamport Stadium on Sunday.

Raptors (7-6-2) were one of the best teams in Major League Rugby last season but after a loss to Toronto, the Arrows (10-5-0) with 53 points have now proved that they are worthy of their third-place position in the MLR.

Prop Morgan Mitchell created momentum for the Arrows in the beginning of the match with his try putting Toronto ahead 5-0.

Seven minutes later Glendale were ahead 7-5 with a try scored by scrum half Carlo de Nysschen and a conversion made by flyhalf William Magie.

Gaston Mieres scored two tries for the Toronto Arrows in game against Glendale Raptors on Sunday. (Shannon Pakulis)

At the 16th minute, the Arrows gained possession of the ball after a successful scrum. A pass out to the right was scooped up by Gaston Mieres, who then scored the second try for Toronto. With a conversion made by Sam Malcolm the Arrows were up again 12-7.

Luke Campbell then dotted the ball down in the center of Glendale’s try zone at the 27th minute, raising the score to 19-7 for the Arrows with Malcolm’s conversion.

Mieres scored his second try of the game at the 34th minute after running up the field past Glendale’s defence. With Malcolm’s conversion the Arrows end the first half on top with a score of 26-7.

The Raptors came back into the second half strong with another try scored by centre Mika Kruse at the 46th minute. Arrows did remain dominant, finishing the game off with two more tries made by Andrew Ferguson and Tom Van Horne.

Fans gather at Lamport Stadium to support the Toronto Arrows in their second last game of the season. (Shannon Pakulis)

Ferguson dove into Glendale’s try zone and dotted the ball down at the 54th minute adding five more points to the board for Toronto and another two for Malcolm’s conversion.

Van Horne pushed his way through Glendale’s defensive line and scored the last try of the game for the Arrows at the 66th minute. With Malcolm’s conversion Toronto ended the game with a final score of 40-12.

The Arrows have one more game before the end of the season and need to be one of the top four teams in the league to grab a spot in the playoffs.

This Sunday Toronto will go up against Rugby United New York, also known as RUNY (11-4-0) who currently hold a second-place spot in the MLR with 53 points.

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Posted: May 30 2019 7:32 am
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