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San Diego Ends Glendale's Perfect Season 23-5


The San Diego Legion welcomed the Glendale Raptors to Torero Stadium. The Legion were able to knock off the undefeated Raptors in dominating fashion. The Raptors just looked like they were going through the motions.

Tadhg Leader got the scoring started for the Legion. He converted a penalty kick from about 40 meters out. A scary moment for the Legion. Conor Kearns went in for a tackle on Seth Halliman, had his head on the wrong side, and knocked himself out. He was taken off on a stretcher for precautionary reasons.

Leader extended the Legion's lead with another penalty kick after Mika Kruse was called for sealing off. San Diego's pressure defense caused a lot of problems for Glendale. Glendale also lost a lot of momentum because they could not hang on to the ball. Leader had a chance to further extend San Diego's lead, but missed the penalty kick.

A slow and ugly first half from both teams. If you're a fan of physical, defensive rugby then this was the game for you. Glendale had multiple handling errors and set piece issues. San Diego was able to take advantage of Glendale's mistakes to take a 6-0 halftime lead, but they had issues of their own preventing them from having a larger halftime lead.

Ryan Matyas was the first try scorer of the match. He threw a dummy that froze the Raptors defense and ran around 50 meters for the try. Tadhg Leader converted the try that extended the Legion's lead to 13-0.

Another scary moment, this time for the Raptors. Similar to Conor Kearns, Harley Davidson had his head on the wrong side of the tackle and got knocked out. Fortunately, he was able to walk off of the field.

Sam Figg was shown a yellow card for persistent infringement. Figg had been called for numerous professional fouls before the yellow card. The Legion were able to take immediate advantage of the yellow card. They went for the lineout and mauled their way over for the try with Drew Gaffney being the man credited with the try.

Tadhg Leader converted another penalty kick that further extended the Legion's lead to 23-0. Zach Fenoglio looked to have scored off a Raptors lineout, but knocked on in the maul before he was able to dot down for the try.

The Raptors were able to score a try in the last few minutes of the match to prevent a shutout. Grigor Kerdikoshvili was able to dive over the ruck for the try. Mika Kruse looked to add a last try, but was pulled into touch to end the match.

A disappointing performance for the Raptors, led to elation for the Legion. The Raptors could do nothing right in this match. When something did go right, it was immediately followed by something negative. They were too slow coming out of the ruck and had too many handling errors. The Legion's pressure defense worked to perfection. They were able to knock the Raptors off balance and force them to play their game.

The Legion now get another chance for revenge, as they face the Seattle Seawolves next week in one MLR semi-final. The Glendale Raptors will face the Utah Warriors in the other MLR semi-final.

Man of the Match
Glendale: Peter Dahl
San Diego: Drew Gaffney

Scoring
Glendale

Tries: Grigor Kerdikoshvili (79)

Cons: Maximo de Achaval 0/1

Pens: N/a

Yellow Card: Sam Figg (58; Persistent Infringement)

San Diego

Tries: Ryan Matyas (49), Drew Gaffney (59)

Cons: Tadhg Leader 2/2

Pens: Tadhg Leader 3/4 (3, 20, 39(missed), 73)

~Josh Fredlund