King of the North: Week 3
Canadians have got off to a great start in the opening weeks of the 2021 Major League Rugby season. Now that everyone has been able to get a few matches under their belt, the quality play is increasing week after week. This has been the toughest week to crown a King of the North so far and I can only imagine that it will get more difficult as the season wears on.
A major factor in this being the most difficult week to pick so far was the Toronto Arrows picked up their first win of 2021 with a five-try performance against Old Glory DC. Ultimately, if the Arrows won that usually means there were some great Canadian performances. The Arrows had a number of players shine in their victory, and it seemed that people had trouble agreeing on a man of the match (which is a great thing if you are the Arrows).
I’ve seen numerous names mentioned, but for me, there was one answer. The week three King of the North crown will go to the best openside flanker in MLR; Lucas Rumball.
Rumball was an absolute monster in this match! Realistically, he was a monster in the previous two matches too. Rumball demonstrated an impressive work rate and helped make life difficult for Old Glory DC. Rumball has completely dominated the breakdown so far this season. He was able to draw some penalties and added another breakdown steal to bump his league-leading total to 8. That is more than double the players tied for second overall.
Ultimately, the Arrows were terrific in the breakdown in this match. It was one of the reasons they left DC with a victory and Rumball was a huge part of that.
Rumball made a number of big tackles throughout the match including a few on Thretton Palamo and Jamason Fa’anana Schultz that stopped them in their tracks. He tacked on a few big carries of his own. Rumball also did a great job captaining the club through the match. Of course, all the attention post-match was directed towards his work at the breakdown.
For all these reasons, Lucas Rumball becomes the first Arrow to be crowned King of the North.
Honourable mentions go out to Tyler Rowland for scoring his first career MLR try in his first career start. Ben LeSage for scoring his first MLR try in an all-around outstanding game for him. Finally, Old Glory centre Doug Fraser for simply being impossible to tackle and picking up two breakdown steals of his own. Rumball, Fraser, and Moe Abdelmonem all find themselves among the league leaders in breakdown steals. Ultimately, if you want the ball back, find yourself a Canadian.
Rowland, LeSage, and Jason Higgins provide you with an all-Arrow Canadian tries of the week video which you can view below!
Kings of the North 2021