The seventh date of the United States Major League Rugby had only one Argentine in the ideal XV that the organizers of the tournament announce weekly. It is wing Julián Domínguez, the wing who stood out in the victory over the Toronto Arrows by 22-14.
The ideal team was formed as follows:
1- Jean-Pierre Smith – Los Angeles Giltinis: Smith provided a tough showdown for Steven Longwell at scrum throughout the match. He scored a try, had seven 38-meter carries and one offload. At the breakdown he had 11 ruck arrivals.
two- Dylan fawsitt – Rugby United New York: Fawsitt’s presence and his throws on the lineou straightened the boat for New York, he directed the set piece with precision once it entered the field. He scored a six-carry 67-meter try, a line jump and three tackle cuts. At the breakdown he had 10 ruck arrivals.
3- Dino Waldren – Nola Gold Waldren: continues to play with a high work rate and gives NOLA a solid attack platform in the scrum. On the attack he made six 28-meter carries and made 27 ruck runs at the breakdown.
4- Nate Brakeley – Rugby United New York: Brakely remains a constant workhorse for New York. Against Seattle he had 12 carries to win 63 meters, a line break, four tackle breaks and a discharge. On defense he made 10 tackles and in the breakdown he completed two steals and had 35 ruck arrivals.
5- Jackson Thiebes – New England Free Jacks: Thiebes’ physical presence in all aspects of the game was overwhelming against San Diego. On offense, he made five 38-meter carries, one line break and two tackle breaks. On defense he made 23 tackles and in the breakdown he completed a steal and had 21 ruck arrivals. In the passing game he won three lineouts and stole one.
6- Hanco Germishuys – Rugby United New York: Germishuys made a massive impact by securing the breakdown and providing clean balls for Andy Ellis to work through his 20 ruck finishes. On offense he was efficient scoring a try, making four 28-meter carries and two tackle breaks. On defense he completed 10 tackles.
7- Andrew Guerra – Nola Gold: Week after week, Guerra has been a hungry gamer with a high work rate. He did it again Sunday against Toronto with nine carries over 37 yards and a break tackle on attack. On defense he completed 10 tackles and had 38 arrivals to the ruck.
8- Langilangi Haupeakui – Los Angeles Giltinis: Haupeakui has been working to return to the American scene and broke out against Old Glory. On the attack he scored a try, made seven carries over 86 meters, a line break, a tackle break and a volley. On defense he completed 11 tackles and had 27 ruck arrivals at the breakdown.
9- John Poland – New England Free Jacks: He had a great performance organizing the Free Jacks forwards against San Diego. He individually scored two tries, one of which was for seven points. He made three 45-meter carries, one line break and two tackle breaks. He helped control territory with five 127-meter kicks.
10- Matt Giteau – Los Angeles Giltinis: Giteau has the vision of finding the holes in the rival defense on his feet, with a pass or a kick. Creating numerous scoring opportunities, he also scored a try and converted five others for a total of 15 points. In offense he had seven carries for 77 meters, a tackle break and two volleys. With his foot he controlled the game with 11 kicks from 480 meters.
11- Julián Domínguez – Nola Gold: Dominguez was one of several NOLA players who remained patient and disciplined. He fed the ball and scored a try in the corner, then made another to seal the victory. In attack he made eight carries for 75 meters, a line jump and four tackle cuts.
12- Lachlan Kratz – Nola Gold: Kratz’s debut on the MLR scene in a game was incredible for a rookie. It was physical while he had possession and also around the breakdown. On offense, he had nine carries for 77 meters, broke three tackles and performed an offload. In the breakdown he had 10 arrivals to the ruck.
13- Dougie Fife – New England Free Jacks: Fife has been an electric playmaker for New England and kept that up against San Diego by passing through the defense like it was butter. He scored two tries, one of which was for seven points. In attack he made nine carries over 99 meters, two line breaks, two tackle breaks and one offload. On defense he completed 11 tackles.
14- Ross Neal – Seattle Seawolves: Neal scored two of Seattle’s three tries against New York. With the vision he was fed the ball and found space or forced space on his carries. In attack he made eight 154-meter carries, two line jumps and broke seven tackles.
15- Glenn Bryce – Los Angeles Giltinis: Bryce continued to drive Los Angeles backfield making it impossible for the Old Glory chase to accomplish anything. In attack he made 10 carries over 73 meters, a line break and two tackle breaks. He used his foot to get out of the pressure with four 169-meter shots.