Toronto Arrows vs RUNY - Game #6 Preview, Lineups & Streaming Info
Source: José Romelo Lagman / Toronto Arrows
The Toronto Arrows put in a historic performance against the Seattle Seawolves last week. Both teams seem to be heading opposite directions. The Seawolves have since shaken up their coaching staff following the loss, while the Arrows will look to keep the momentum rolling as they take on Rugby United New York. Going into week 6, RUNY sits atop the Eastern Conference with a 3-1-0 record and 15 total points. Their lone loss of the year came against NOLA, while they racked up wins over San Diego, Rugby ATL, and Old Glory DC.
Rugby United New York
Coming off their 38-34 victory over Old Glory DC, head coach Marty Veale has made a handful of changes to his lineup for this match. The most notable change from a Canadian point of view is that Quinn Ngawati will shift from the wing to inside centre where he will play alongside Troy Lockyear. Neither Will Leonard or Fa’asiu Fuatai are in the lineup. Ngawati has scored tries in back-to-back games and completed 100% of his tackles last week.
Other big changes include Conor McManus getting his first MLR start. This pushes All Black Andy Ellis to the bench. Ellis has combined with Dan Hollinshead to become one of the league’s top 9-10 combinations in the early stages of this season. Samu Tawake and Sak Taulafo swap starter/reserve at tighthead prop. Lockyear shifting to centre allows Ben Foden to return to fullback. Luke Hume slots into Ngawati’s spot on the wing. Apenisa Cakaubalavu will be on the opposite wing with Carlos Miranda now coming off the bench.
Following the massive win last week Chris Silverthorn was elected to make minimal changes to his lineup. After missing a game due to injury, Mike Sheppard returns to the number 4 jersey. This move pushes Mason Flesch to the bench and Adrian Wadden out of the lineup. Beyond that, there are no other changes to the lineup. Andrew Quattrin left the match against the LA Giltinis with an injury in the 13th minute. Although he was in the lineup last week, Jack McRogers played the full 80 (and was brilliant). Quattrin’s usage will certainly be something to keep an eye on in this game.
Defend the Maul
Once again, hooker Dylan Fawsitt leads RUNY in try scoring. Fawsitt currently has 3 tries which puts him in a six-way tie for sixth in the league. Arrows’ scrumhalf Jason Higgins is part of that six-way tie as well. Fawsitt racks up the tries as he is usually the benefactor of RUNY’s biggest weapon; the driving maul. By this point, it’s no secret that RUNY loves a good driving maul.
However, just because it is obvious to everyone and their grandmother that the driving maul is coming, doesn’t mean you can stop it. Fortunately, the Arrows have Lucas Rumball, who may be one of the best in the league at breaking up mauls.
The lineout will obviously be a key area for the success of both teams. Clean lineouts are instrumental in being able to create that driving maul. Both clubs have seen the effectiveness of the lineout struggle at times this season. The matchup in the air between Tomás de la Vega and Nick Civetta will also be something to keep an eye on.
Arrows flyhalf Tayler Adams and RUNY flyhalf Dan Hollinshead find themselves number 1 and 2 in league scoring so far this year. The gap isn’t much as Adams’ 48 points only bests Hollinshead by 3. Hollingshead does have 2 tries to Adams’ 1. Both players are crucial to the success of the club as they have been a driving force for their attacks.
They are excellent at finding the perfect player to exploit a hole in the defense for massive linebreaks or tries. They are also critical in gaining territory and ensuring their sides are playing in the right parts of the park. Hollinshead will start the match with McManus at 9 as opposed to Ellis. Adams will once again see reigning King of the North Ross Braude in the 9 jersey. The ability of Adams or Hollinshead to control territory and create gaps on attack could be a deciding factor in this match.
Monsters of the Breakdown
Lucas Rumball is on an absolute rampage for the Arrows this season. He tops the league in defensive ruck arrivals and breakdown steals. His breakdown steals total now sits at 13 more than double Rowan Gouws in 2nd place. Cole Keith, Paul Ciulini, and de la Vega have also been immense at the breakdown all year.
They will look to wreak havoc on RUNY every time the ball goes to deck. Nate Brakeley, Hanco Germishuys, and Kara Pryor will need to have big games to counter the Arrows at the breakdown. Of course, Rumball and Brakeley possess two of the best work rates in MLR. The two will likely clash frequently on Sunday afternoon.
You can watch the Arrows battle Rugby United New York at 2pm on Sunday. The game will be shown live on TSN2, the TSN app, and TSN.ca across Canada and on the Rugby Network everywhere else. For all your Toronto Arrows news, be sure to follow @BressetteTheJet and @LaymansSports on your favourite social media network.