Toronto vs SD Legion - Game #11 Preview, Lineups & Streaming Info
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The Toronto Arrows will need a massive win this week as they look to stay in the playoff hunt. They will welcome the San Diego Legion to Life University for a week 12 matchup. Once upon a time, this would have been the league’s most anticipated matchup. However, that was 2020, where both teams were dominating their conference and many people were predicting an Arrows vs Legion final before the pandemic.
Now, both clubs find themselves at 4-6-0 and fighting for the playoffs. The Legion’s position is a bit more favourable though as the 5-5-0 Utah Warriors hold the final playoff spot with just six more points than the Legion. The Legion are also riding a two-game win streak. It’s not a championship preview, but it’s still a massive game for both sides.
Michael Smith will be the lone Canadian representative for the Legion on Sunday. The openside flanker has been in fine form during the Legion’s winning streak. He has been effective in defense with a high tackle success rate and has managed to pick up a few breakdown steals as well. The Legion have made two massive mid-season signings that will make their debut against the Arrows. All Blacks Tom Franklin, and Dan Pryor.
Co-head coaches Scott Murray and Zack test have opted for a 6-2 split on the bench. Chris Robshaw returns to the lineup and will wear the 21 jersey. Robshaw was one of the MLR’s premier offseason signings, however a combination of suspension and injury has held him to just 57 total minutes this season. Tevita Tameilau and Keni Nasoqeqe form an intimidating group of reserves. de Nysschen and Matyas will be the two backs on the bench.
Chris Silverthorn has made a handful of changes from last week’s lineup. Tayler Adams and Joaquín Tuculet return to the Starting XV. Will Kelly and Patrick Parfrey will come off the bench. Cole Keith and Mike Sheppard also find themselves back in the starting pack. Tomás de la Vega is not in the lineup this week and Mason Flesch will get his first start at flanker in MLR.
Ross Braude relinquishes the 9 jersey for the first time since week 2. Jason Higgins gets the start instead.
The most notable name in the lineup is Siaki Vikilani. Vikilani is one of the more hyped-up Canadian rugby prospects. The 20-year-old back rower has played with the Pacific Pride and the age grade Canada teams. He was named to the initial squad for the summer tests despite not playing a single second of the MLR season so far. Vikilani is an excellent ball carrier that can consistently make the gain line and provide a threat for well timed offloads.
Wooching vs Diana
Psalm Wooching and Manuel Diana are two of the best, if not the two best, ball carrying forwards in Major League Rugby. They will likely both have the most carries for their clubs once again and pick up plenty of metres. Of course, it isn’t just the quantity of the carries but the quality. Both men always hit the gainline and usually leave a trail of defenders in their wake. Diana enters the game with 3 tries on the year, and Wooching has 2 to his name.
I have a feeling that one or both of these players will be adding to that total on Sunday.
Capitalize on Opportunities
The Arrows had a few moments last week where they made trips inside the Free Jacks 22 that went unrewarded. The Arrows’ attack will definitely need to capitalize on their opportunities. Bonus points are still important as they will be needed if the club is going to push for the final playoff spot. When it clicks, the Arrows have one of the most dangerous attacks in the league.
With the return of Adams and Tuculet to the starting lineup, hopefully we get to see it in full flight on Sunday.
You can watch the Toronto Arrows battle the San Diego Legion on Sunday at noon. You can tune in on TSN’s digital platforms or the Rugby Network, depending on what part of the world you currently find yourself in. For all your Arrows news, be sure to follow @BressetteTheJet and @LaymansSports on your favourite social media network.