Both Seattle and Toronto are on a post-season push, Seattle looked to maintain their pressure on the
top of the table while Toronto hoped to step closer to the top four. Toronto Arrows boosted their
playoff contention as they earned a bonus-point win over Seattle Seawolves 29-7 in Toronto.
This is the second ever meeting between the two sides, with the Seawolves squeaking out a 5 point
victory 35-30 in Seattle February.
The game proved to be a defensive battle, rife with errors, both forced and unforced.
Following a dangerous tackle call against Seattle, Sam Malcolm broke the deadlock 25 minutes in with
Toronto’s first three points.
The Arrows’ defense showed their muster as they forced turnovers and stopped deep attacks by the
Seawolves. Most of the first half was played in Toronto territory.
Toronto earned a yellow card and went down a man with ten minutes left in the half. Seattle was
unable to exploit their man advantage, however, but instead allowed Toronto to steal a lineout and
maintain possession as they marched down the field. Mike Sheppard found the corner running through
tackles and Toronto stretched in their lead. The conversion was off the mark, and the Arrows are up 8-0
The score remained as the yellow card and the half expired.
Seattle was unsuccessful in igniting any stretch of offense. The Seawall maintained it’s patented
pressure until Guiseppe du Toit wound his way through the wall for Toronto’s second try. The
conversion was good and Toronto’s strengthened their lead 15-0 (46th minute).
Some back and forth turnovers and the defensive skirmish ensued. Seattle had severl well established
attacks, but self-inflicted wounds prevented them from getting any points until finding solidarity at 62
minutes with a sidewinding effort by Shalom Suniula who found the try zone for Seattle’s first and only
try. Brock Staller added the conversion and Seattle saved the shut-out 15-7.
Toronto responded quickly, but the Seawall forced more handling errors. Seattle counter-attacked and
got within the Toronto 22m, but a sly interception and quick pass to Dan Moor who raced up the
sideline and into the endzone for a long score. With the conversion, the score jumped to 22-7 (71st
Seattle restart went out of bounds in the try zone, resulting in a Toronto scrum at midfield. Toronto
took full advantage and maintained their momentum, scoring their bonus-point try after some pounding
phases and a finish by Paul Ciulini. With the conversion, the score extended to 29-7 (75th minute).
The Seawolves were unable to find an answer in the frantic last few minutes, as the Seawall was on shift
for most of the last few minutes. The score remained a decisive 29-7 as the clock hit 80 minutes.
Seattle will gain some much needed rest as they enter a bye week with some work to be done and film
to watch of a rare loss. They will face RUNY and Glendale in back to back away matches in the weeks
Toronto will be at home again with another tough opponent in San Diego Legion who, after a victory this
weekend, holds the number one slot in the standings.
Seattle is third on the table at 8-4-0 41TP, just 3 points ahead of RUNY (8-3-0 38TP).
Seattle Seawolves 7, Toronto Arrows 29
- Tries: Shalom Suniula (62’)
- Conversions: Brock Staller 1/1 (63’)
- Tries: Mike Sheppard (34’), Leandro Leivas (45’), Dan Moor (70’), Paul Ciulini (74’)
- Conversions: Sam Malcolm 3/4 (46’), (71’), (75’)
- Penalty Kicks: Sam Malcolm 1/1 (25’)