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MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY

Week 14 Takeaways:

  • Bye Week: Chicago and Seattle
  • Anthem: Scrumhalf Siaosi Nai came off the bench and scored two tries against Old Glory DC, but it wasn't enough to get the win as Anthem RC became the first team eliminated from postseason contention.
  • Dallas: Wing Tomas Malanos scored a try and helped the Jackals secure a losing BP.
  • DC: Tighthead prop Steven Longwell scored three tries against Anthem.
  • Houston: The SaberCats won their sixth straight game and became the first team to clinch a spot in the playoffs.
  • Los Angeles: RFCLA won their fourth game of the season and are now just six points back of Dallas and the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
  • Miami: Center Nick Grigg scored two tries against LA. And, in case you missed it, the Sharks signed Tongan international prop Tau Koloamatangi.
  • New Orleans: Wing Ed Fidow injured his ankle on the opening kickoff.
  • San Diego: Loosehead prop Payton Telea-Ilalio came off the bench and scored the game-winning try against Utah.
  • Utah: Scrumhalf Kieran McClea came off the bench and scored two tries.

MADRID SEVENS

Men's Sevens: USA Men's Sevens Secure Spot in HSBC SVNS 2025 (USA Rugby)

  • Takeaway: USA Men's Sevens beat Samoa 40-19 in their "winner-take-all" match (after going undefeated in pool play) to secure their spot on the full circuit for the 2025 season.
  • Next Up: The 2024 Paris Olympics.

Women's Sevens: USA Women's Sevens Finish Fifth in Madrid (USA Rugby)

  • Takeaway: USA Women's Sevens beat Ireland to claim fifth place in Madrid.
  • Milestone: Ariana Ramsey became "only the second Eagle to score four tries in one game" since Kristi Kirshe accomplished the feat earlier this year.
  • Next Up: The 2024 Paris Olympics.

WR MEN'S U20 NA QUALIFIER

USA: Second Half Blitz Sees USA Past Canada in U20 Series Opener (Americas Rugby News)

  • Takeaway: The USA Men's U20 squad took an early lead, but trailed 11-7 at the half. Second half replacements, including Houston SaberCats hooker Seth Smith, led a try-scoring surge as the Americans won 33-18.
  • Next Up: The second leg of the series this Thursday. Streaming details are TBD.

WPL

Week 5 Scores:

  • CO Gray Wolves 38 - 36 Life West
  • TC Amazons 0 - 62 Beantown
  • Berkeley 60 - 0 Chicago North Shore

✅ MLR WEEK 14 RECAP

WEEK 14 RESULTS

🏉 DC 47 - 29 Anthem

💯 Scorigami

✅ Rugby Morning Pick: DC by 18

🎱 Pools: 99% of players picked DC

🏉 New Orleans 7 - 21 Houston

💯 Scorigami

🎥 Match Highlights

✅ Rugby Morning Pick: Houston by 6

🎱 Pools: 84% of players picked Houston

🏉 Utah 20 - 27 San Diego

🎥 Match Highlights

✅ Rugby Morning Pick: SD by 10

🎱 Pools: 83% of players picked SD

🏉 New England 26 - 24 Dallas

🎥 Match Highlights

❌ Rugby Morning Pick: Dallas by 3

🎱 Pools: 92% of players picked NE

🏉 Los Angeles 45 - 15 Miami

🎥 Match Highlights

❌ Rugby Morning Pick: Miami by 5

🎱 Pools: 27% of players picked LA

Week 14 Picks:    3 ✅    2 ❌
Season Total:   49 ✅   23 ❌

Poll Question

MLR Pick'Em Time: San Diego Legion vs. Houston SaberCats?

SAN DIEGO
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Yesterday's Poll Answer

MLR Pick'Em Time: Dallas Jackals vs. Utah Warriors?

70% of respondents voted for Dallas over Utah.