Thursday, May 24, 2018

MLR Power Rankings: Glendale Still Lead

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There were just two matches in Major League Rugby over the weekend but they do impact our rating.

1. Glendale Raptors (Last Ranking: 1): The Raptors had the weekend off and that doesn't impact their ranking. No one has been able to show that they can beat Glendale this year and we don't think it's likely they lose either. They are experienced and while other teams are learning to be professional they are already there. Up next: Bye

2. Seattle Seawolves (LR: 2): The Seawolves have firmly established themselves as the number two team in the league with their only loss coming to Glendale. It doesn't look like it's going to let up for the Seawolves either. Realistically they only need about two more wins to guarantee a playoff spot. The only downside is that they close out their home schedule this weekend. Up next: NOLA Gold

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3. San Diego Legion (LR: 3): The Legion were one of the teams with the weekend off. They have down okay so far this year but their real worry should come in June when they miss a bunch of Eagles. Up next: at Austin

4. NOLA Gold (LR: 5): The Gold continue to show signs of promise but haven't put it all together yet. Their latest win came against the SaberCats, a team they lost to in pre-season but swept during the regular season. With more and more time together they should be better. Up next: Utah Warriors

5. Utah Warriors (LR: 4): The Warriors came out of Seattle with a loss but they acquitted themselves well in that loss. We've said all along it is going to take Utah awhile to figure things out. They have bits and pieces here and there but not the total package. Up next: at Houston

6. Austin Elite (LR: 7): Austin were one of the teams with a week off. Halfway through their season they face some very real questions. Depth is an issue and it's unclear where the wins are going to come from. Up next: San Diego

7. Houston SaberCats (LR: 6): Based on expectations heading into the season, although there were a lot of unknowns, arguably no team has underperformed more than the SaberCats. We probably should have seen the warning signs but as things stand Houston's season would end short of the playoffs, a disappointing result. Up next: Utah

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