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Thursday, June 28, 2018

MLR Standings & Analysis: The Final Edition


Year one of the Major League Rugby regular season is in the books. There were some playoff spots up for grabs over the weekend. San Diego made sure they took third place by giving Glendale their first loss of the season. Utah made sure they made the playoffs with a win over Houston. Austin, NOLA, and Houston finished at the bottom of the standings.

If we match up the final standings with pre-season expectations it's obvious that Glendale and Seattle pretty much fulfilled expectations. It's also obvious that Houston was a big disappointment. GIven their long pre-season schedule and the fanfare surrounding the team they under-performed during the regular season. NOLA was also a slight disappointment. They had a lot of former Ohio Aviators players and it was thought that they might do better. A team that exceeded expectations was Utah. We've always said that with more time together they would do well but we didn't think they'd make the playoffs in year one.

You could come to the conclusion that all of the playoff teams were able to draw from a wide base of players (San Diego = Southern California, Seattle = British Columbia) while the three Red River teams might have diluted their own talent pools.

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With their loss over the weekend Glendale failed to have a perfect record for the regular season. They, along with Seattle and San Diego, finished with winning records. The other four teams all finished with losing records. Glendale, Seattle, and San Diego also had a positive point differential.

Team
Points
Win
Draw
Loss
Point Differential
Glendale
34
7
0
1
+77
Seattle
29
6
0
2
+44
San Diego
24
5
0
3
+13
Utah
22
3
0
5
-8
Austin
18
3
0
5
-14
NOLA
17
3
0
5
-75
Houston
11
1
0
7
-40

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