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Legion Lose Heartbreaker in MLR Title Game

San Diego gives up winning try to Seattle in the final minute

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    Legion Lose Heartbreaker in MLR Title Game

    Some day San Diego will win another professional sports championship. That day is not today.

    The San Diego Legion lost to the Seattle Seawolves 26-23 on the final play of the match in the Major League Rugby Championship Game in front of a packed Torero Stadium.

    The Seawolves won the inaugural MLR title in 2018. The Legion beat them twice in the regular season but in a championship setting experience absolutely matters.

    The Legion took a 6-0 lead on a pair of kicks by Joe Pietersen but then they had a couple of defnesive breakdowns that led to a pair of Seattle tries and a 14-6 Seawolves lead at halftime.

    In the 2nd half the Legion started chipping away at Seattle's defense, which is so good it earned the nickname "Sea Wall." San Diego got within a point when Nick Boyer got loose on the sideline and ran in for a try to make it a 14-13 game.

    With 16 minutes left the Legion took the lead back when they pushed a scrum deep into Seattle territory and Jordan Manihera was able to dive over the end line for another try and a 20-14 advantage.

    The defending champs came right back with a try of their own but Brock Staller, who led Major League Rugby in scoring, missed the conversion kick short so the Legion kept a 20-19 lead.

    With three minutes left Pieterson snuck a drop-kick through the uprights to make it a 4-point game so Seattle needed a try to save their repeat bid.

    That's exactly what they got. The Seawolves moved a scrum a full 10 meters for the championship-winning try as time expired.