​Glendale Raptors Named Major League Rugby Team of the Week


Glendale Raptors Named Major League Rugby Team of the Week

Austin Elite’s Marcus Walsh Named Player of the Week

Photo: Seth McConnell 


SALT LAKE CITY (May 14, 2018) – The Glendale Raptors were named the Major League Rugby Team of the Week the league announced today. The Raptors have jumped out to a perfect 4-0 start after a 31-27 win at home against the San Diego Legion.


Facing a 21-10 deficit in the second half, Glendale used strong defensive pressure paired with timely stops to swing the momentum of the match. Down three with under 10 minutes to play, Raptors’ flanker Zach Fenoglio finished off a sequence of phase play with a try and the ensuing conversion proved to be enough for Glendale.


Austin’s Marcus Walsh garnered Player of the Week honors. Despite a 41-22 loss at the hands of the Utah Warriors, Walsh’s efforts gave the Elite a fighting chance in a rainy affair. Down 15-0, Walsh capped off an impressive offensive possession for Austin’s first try of the match. The scrum-half’s second try of the match pulled the Elite within five late in the second half during their attempted rally.


MLR also announced the First XV:

  1. Loosehead Prop, Blake Rogers, Glendale Raptors
  2. Hooker, Pat Blair, San Diego Legion
  3. Tighthead Prop, Dolph Botha, San Diego Legion
  4. Left Lock, Matt Jensen, Utah Warriors
  5. Right Lock,Victor Comptat, Austin Elite
  6. Blindside Flanker, Zach Fenoglio, Glendale Raptors
  7. Openside Flanker, Matt Hughston, NOLA Gold
  8. No 8., Sam Figg, Glendale Raptors
  9. Scrum-half, Nick Boyer, San Diego Legion
  10. Fly-half, Will Magie, Glendale Raptors
  11. Blindside Wing, Seth Halliman, Glendale Raptors
  12. Inside Center, Paul Lasike, Utah Warriors
  13. Outside Center, William Rasileka, Seattle Seawolves
  14. Openside Wing, Josh Anderson, Utah Warriors
  15. Fullback, Dylan Audsley, San Diego Legion


For more news and notes from Week 4, visit usmlr.com.


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


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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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