TUKWILA, Wash. — A week after their first win in Major League Rugby play, the Utah Warriors rugby club felt heartbreak again.
Seattle held the Warriors without a score for nearly a half hour in the second half to pull away for a 41-32 win Sunday at Starfire Stadium in Tukwila, Washington.
Utah’s Tonata Lauti scored on a short try run in the 36th minute, and Kurt Morath’s ensuing conversion kick tied the match, 20-20 in the first half.
But Seattle responded with a try less than three minutes to take a 27-20 edge into halftime.
That was as close as the Warriors (1-3) would get.
Phil Mack tapped to touch and drove in for a try, and the Seawolves added another from scrum to take a 41-20 advantage on the conversion with 20 minutes left.
Warriors centre/flyhalf Pakisonasi Afu pulled one back late, taking a lineout deep into seattle territory for a try with two minutes remaining.
Utah continues its three-game road at Houston at 4 p.m. MT May 26. The Warriors return home to Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, June 16 at 2 p.m. MT.