Taylor Howden and San Diego Legion Dominant in Major League Rugby's Week 2
February 4, 2019 - Major League Rugby (MLR) News Release
Salt Lake City, UT: Taylor Howden marked his promotion to the NOLA Gold starting line-up with two tries as the league's top scorers beat the Glendale Raptors, winning MLR's Week 2 Player of the Week. The San Diego Legion secured Team of the Week after persevering in a muddy, low-scoring affair, defeating reigning champions Seattle Seawolves 17-13.
Week 2 Player of the Week Taylor Howden of NOLA Gold.
Howden moved the ball terrifically in NOLA's 40-31 win, propelling his team to the top of the league's standings. In perhaps the try of the week, the outside center capitalized with a bull-dozing rush through two would-be tacklers, to help NOLA into an early 10-0 lead. In the 44th minute, Howden dummied and split two defenders for his second try of the game. Howden was one of two players in MLR to score multiple tries in Week 2.
The San Diego Legion controlled their match from the very beginning against the Seattle Seawolves, jumping to an insurmountable 14-3 lead by halftime. The Seawolves made a late run, closing the Legion's advantage to 17-13, but the Californians' stout defense never allowed another chance. San Diego out-possessed the Seawolves 64 percent to 36 percent, as the Legion consistently pressured on the Seawolves' defense and strangled the visitors' attack.
MLR's First XV of Week 2:
Loosehead Prop (No. 1), Franco van den Berg, Utah Warriors
Hooker (No. 2), Logan Daniels, Utah Warriors
Tighthead Prop (No. 3), Paddy Ryan, San Diego Legion
Lock (No. 4), Ben Mitchell, Austin Elite Rugby
Lock (No. 5), Keni Nasoqeqe, San Diego Legion
Blindside Flanker (No. 6), William Munro, Glendale Raptors
Openside Flanker (No. 7), Vili Toluta'u, Seattle Seawolves
No. 8, Kane Thompson, New Orleans Gold
Scrum-half (No. 9), Nick Boyer, San Diego Legion
Fly-half (No. 10), Timothée Guillimin, Austin Elite Rugby
Wing (No. 11), Nick Johnson, Glendale Raptors
Inside Center (No. 12), Tim O'Malley, Utah Warriors
Outside Center (No. 13), Taylor Howden, New Orleans Gold
Wing (No. 14), Mikey Te'o, San Diego Legion
Fullback (No. 15), JP Eloff, New Orleans Gold
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Player of the Week Taylor Howden of NOLA Gold
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