SAN DIEGO, Calif. - It was a great season for the Glendale Raptors, but not a championship season.

The Seattle Seawolves defeated the Glendale Raptors 23-19 in the first-ever Major League Rugby Championship match at Torero Stadium in San Diego on Saturday night.

“Seattle was better today on both sides of the ball,” said Glendale Raptors Head Coach David Williams after the match. “They won the physicality on attack and spread well on defense shutting down our options.”

The Raptors won seven straight games to open the 2018 season before dropping the last match of the regular season.

Glendale defeated the Utah Warriors in the playoffs last week at Infinity Park to earn a spot in the championship match.

“We gave away too many penalties and didn’t convert when we needed to,” Williams said after the match.