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Seattle Beats The Humidity And NOLA 31-29


NOLA Gold hosted the Seattle Seawolves in their first home match of the 2018 season. Seattle was able to power through the humidity and heat in Louisiana. NOLA was hard done by their kicking as it cost them the victory.

Taylor Howden missed a penalty in the match's first attempt at points. Ratu Rinakama put the first points of the match on the board. After a scrum penalty, NOLA quick tapped and went wide to Rinakama for the try. Peter Smith put the first points on the board for Seattle with a penalty kick.

Jojo Tikoisuva scored NOLA's second try off a nice set piece. A NOLA scrum and they went wide to Tikoisuva who beat the defender for the try. Hubert Buydens added NOLA's third try just a few minutes later. NOLA mauled over 20 meters to inside the five meter line before it was brought down, where Buydens cleaned up and went over for the try.

Seattle's first try came courtesy of Will Holder. Jeremy Misailegalu started it with a line break, Phil Mack with a behind the back pass was next, followed by Shalom Suniula with an over the shoulder off load to Holder for the try.

Slow and sloppy first half from both squads. NOLA was quicker to pick it up, but Seattle came on strong as the half ended. NOLA missed some kicks that could've extended their lead. Seattle found some areas where they were able to take advantage.

Will Rasielka opened the scoring in the second half and gave the Seawolves their first lead of the match. The Seawolves used the switch play to put Rasielka over for the try. Peter Tiberio added to the Seawolves lead. Tiberio received a beautiful behind the back offload from Mat Turner and was free in for the try.

Taylor Howden responded for NOLA after two straight Seattle tries. Howden threw a dummy and sprinted under the posts for the try. Mat Turner responded back for Seattle. After a line break from Phil Mack, Turner was eventually put in under the posts that extended Seattle's lead back to two scores, 31-22.

Matt Hughston brought NOLA back within one score with a try from the maul. NOLA's kicking game wasn't on point all day, so they went for the lineout and mauled for the try. Michael Baska with the conversion that brought NOLA to within a penalty kick of the win, 31-29.

NOLA had a last shot to score, but Holden Yungert went on his own, had no support and Seattle was able to force a turnover. Taylor Howden was given a yellow card at the end for a high, no arms tackle on Peter Smith.

NOLA gave this game away because they couldn't make their kicks. If NOLA had made all of their kicks they would've won this game. Even if they would've made just one more conversion, they would've walked away with a tie. They'll be disappointed for not coming away with the victory, but they'll walk away with two bonus points.

Seattle has some concerns from this match, but they'll be happy to walk away with the full five point victory. They had some issues in the scrum, but were able to clean it up. The had some defensive alignment issues that allowed NOLA to score, that they'll have to fix. But the Seawolves will definitely be happy with the way their offense performed today.

Seattle is back next week as they welcome the Utah Warriors to the Pacific Northwest. NOLA is home for the second week in a row, as they host the Houston Sabercats in the CBS Sports Game of the Week.

Man of the Match
Seattle: Shalom Suniula
NOLA: Matt Hughston

Scoring
Seattle

Tries: Will Holder (31), Will Rasielka (45), Peter Tiberio (57), Mat Turner (67)

Cons: Peter Smith 3/3

Pens: Peter Smith 1/1 (21)

NOLA

Tries: Ratu Rinakama (11), Jojo Tikoisuva (22), Hubert Buydens (25), Taylor Howden (62), Matt Hughston (72)

Cons: Taylor Howden 0/2, Michael Baska 2/3

Pens: Taylor Howden 0/1 (3(missed))

Yellow Card: Taylor Howden 80 (Late, high, no wrap tackle)

~Josh Fredlund