- The Seawolves (10-2) are 5.5-point road favorites over Old Glory DC (5-6-1) in Round 15
- Both teams sit in second place in their respective conferences with a few weeks left in the regular season
- Four other Major League Rugby matchups will take place across the country this weekend
With just four weeks left in the Major League Rugby season, the playoff picture is starting to solidify. Old Glory DC currently sits in second in the East but they could drop to fourth with a home loss to Seattle this weekend. Meanwhile, the Seawolves will be hungry for a win as they look to chase down San Diego for first place in the West.
Let’s examine the odds for this pivotal contest and make our picks for every Round 15 game. You can also check out the top Rugby Betting Sites in 2023 and stay up to date with the latest betting tips on the 2023 Rugby Union World Cup.
Old Glory DC vs Seawolves
|Old Glory DC||+5.5 (-120)||+168||+2200|
|Seattle Seawolves||-5.5 (-110)||-205||+2200|
Old Glory DC hosts Seattle
After losing two consecutive games in April to San Diego (11-1) and Utah (8-4), Seattle (10-2) has been dominant of late. The Seawolves have outscored their opponents by 90 points during their current four-game winning streak and sit only five points behind the first-place Legion in the West.
Old Glory DC (5-6-1) is somehow in second place the far-inferior Eastern Conference. But, with only three playoff spots available, New York (6-6) and Rugby ATL (5-6-1) could still pass them. The Washington, D.C. based team is 4-2 at home, but coming off a disappointing 29-29 tie with the last-place Toronto Arrows (1-9-2).
Nothing but determination and grit from your Seawolves! Shout out to Ronan Foley, AJ Alatimu, Jake Turnbull, Martin Iosefo, and JP Smith for helping us take home the win!
@usmlr | #TogetherWeHunt #MLR2023 #SEAvsCHI pic.twitter.com/MrPRGGcqUS
— Seattle Seawolves Rugby (@SeawolvesRugby) May 21, 2023
Seawolves favored on the road
Old Glory DC is a 5.5-point home underdog on Saturday night. The Seawolves are 5-1 on the road this season. They also have the third-best point differential (+161) in Major League Rugby. In comparison, their Round 15 opponents are at a minus-10. Still chasing down San Diego for a first-place bye, Seattle should cruise to victory and easily cover the points.
Major League Rugby – Round 15 Matchups
|New England Free Jacks||-21.5 (-110)||-2500||+4000|
|Toronto Arrows||+21.5 (-120)||+850||+4000|
|Houston SaberCats||-16.5 (-110)||-1000||+3300|
|Chicago Hounds||+16.5 (-120)||+525||+3300|
|New England Free Jacks||-15.5 (-110)||-850||+3300|
|NOLA Gold||+15.5 (-120)||+500||+3300|
|Utah Warriors||-7.5 (-110)||-265||+2300|
|Rugby ATL||+7.5 (-120)||+212||+2300|
|San Diego Legion||-12.5 (-110)||-550||+3000|
|New York||+12.5 (-120)||+375||+3000|
Four more games on tap
New England (10-2) is a 21.5-point home favorite over Toronto (1-9-2). Coming off a 50-3 beatdown of NOLA Gold (5-8), the Free Jacks are riding a six-game winning streak and haven’t lost since March.
They have four more victories than their closest competitor in the East and have the No. 1 seed locked down. However, the Arrows are coming off consecutive ties and played Seattle tight in Round 10. We like the Canadian squad to cover.
The Free Jacks put the hurt on NOLA Gold today. The Free Jacks have given up the least Try’s Against and Points Against in all of MLR. #mlrugby #NEFreeJacks #NEFreeJacksRugby #Rugby #FreeJacks #bostonsports #QuincyMA #MassachusettsRugby #BeanTownSportsFanatics pic.twitter.com/zgoydWC5oD
— Beantown Sports Fanatics (@BeantownSF) May 22, 2023
Houston (7-5) is a heavy 16.5-point home favorite over Chicago (1-11). The Sabercats have dropped three-in-a-row to three of the best teams in the MLR (Utah, Seattle, San Diego), but should get back on track against a Hounds team that hasn’t won in over two months.
Utah (8-4) is favored by 7.5 points at home to Rugby ATL (5-6-1). The Warriors leap-frogged Houston for third-place with a 34-28 victory over their Western Conference rivals last Saturday. Meanwhile, the Atlanta, Georgia-based outfit needs a victory to stay in the playoff chase in the East. This one should be close.
San Diego (12-1) is 12.5-point home chalk to New York (6-6). The Ironworkers barely escaped Chicago with a win last weekend. Expect them to get crushed against the first-place Legion, who are 6-0 at home and haven’t lost a game since early March.
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