Glendale Raptors Travel to Salt Lake City to Face Utah Warriors in MLR Exhibition Match

John Arthur   28-Mar-2018   Justin Purdy

Glendale Raptors Face Utah Warriors

March 30, 2018 - Rio Tinto Stadium

This Friday the Glendale Raptors will travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Warriors in a Major League Rugby exhibition match. Both teams are gearing up for the inaugural season of MLR in the United States, the nation’s professional rugby league. The Raptors looked strong in their victory against New Orleans Gold on March 10 at Infinity Park, and hope to further bolster their confidence with a win against the Warriors.

The Warriors, joining the Raptors as a founding member team in Major League Rugby, have moved their home opener to the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City. The team will play their regular season in the soon to be completed Zions Bank Stadium.

Raptors Head Coach Dave Williams expressed excitement about taking on a revamped Warriors squad: “Utah have a completely new coaching set up, and we’re expecting a much more organized team from the last time we played,” he said. “The Warriors have recruited well, so we are expecting a good game.”

Raptors Assistant Coach Ted Browner was also complimentary of the Utah squad, noting that they’ve consistently brought high-level competition to the table: “They’re always big, very physical, very skilled. Those are areas we need to make sure that we’re overcoming them. We’re playing in their stadium on a Friday night, so we’re excited about putting on a show for a good crowd.” Asked about preparation for Friday’s match, he offered a measured reflection: “We’ve had one preseason game already, and we saw some good things from the team, as well as some areas to improve on. We’re looking to Friday as another step in the building process toward the regular season.”

This match will be streamed live by the Utah Warriors on their YouTube Channel, Utah Warriors TV.

Celebrating more than ten years of rugby success, the Raptors will kick off the regular season on April 21, hosting Austin Elite Rugby at Infinity Park. Visit the complete regular season schedule page, and to purchase tickets, visit our ticketing page. Be sure to follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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