3 Things: MLR Round 14

The Eastern Playoff Berths are Basically Sealed

Dear Arrows, thank you for playing.

While the Free Jacks are the first team to lock in a playoff spot, Toronto’s loss against New York was even more consequential. With just four games to go and an eleven point gap between third and fourth place, the Eastern field is essentially set. New England seems likely to clinch the top spot eventually. Whether ATL or New York take the second slot is still up for grabs, but the deal is nearly done.

Rugby ATL Has Real Issues

ATL is collapsing at a bad time.

The rough loss to title contending LA looks like a happy memory. Being thoroughly beaten in Utah was embarrassing.

The first rough patch of the Steve Brett era has ATL risking its second spot on the table. With New England next on the docket, they’re going to need to fix their issues on the fly if they want any chance at a home playoff game.

Apparently Every Giltini Plays 10

We’ve spent more than enough time covering LA’s issues at flyhalf. This week saw the reigning champions scoot Harrison Goddard out to the pivot. (He spent most of last week in the same spot as emergency cover.) The scrumhalf looked poor from the tee but performed well enough with ball in hand to keep this talented team trouncing.

LA has cemented their top two spot in the West and maintain an outside shot at the top seed. Goddard is unlikely to carry this side to a title if he’s the top option at 10. Orene Ai’i’s return from suspension is near, and both Giteau and Carty could potentially make some appearance. Until then, LA will keep trhwoing warm bodies at the position.

If they give Joe Taufete’e a shot, we’d all be winners for it.

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