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How to Watch Live LA Giltinis vs. Rugby ATL in the 2021 Major League Rugby Final

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How to Watch Live Major League Rugby Final: LA Giltinis vs. Rugby ATL
The cauldron at the LA Memorial Coliseum will be lit when the Major League Rugby championship will be decided by the hometown LA Giltinis or Rugby ATL. PAUL BUCK/EPA

Either the LA Giltinis or Rugby ATL will be crowned Major League Rugby champions on Sunday, bring to a close a 2021 season peppered with uncertainty. The decider at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be the first MLR final to not feature two-time champions the Seattle Seawolves, while both the Giltinis and Atlanta make their debuts in the fixture.

What TV Channel is Giltinis-ATL on?

The Major League Rugby Championship will find a new home on Sunday, and CBS will bring all the coverage from 4 p.m. ET. You can live stream MLS matches on fuboTV.

How to Watch LA Giltinis vs. Rugby ATL

When: Sunday, August 1

Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Time: 4 p.m. ET

TV Info: CBS

Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

Both of Sunday’s finalists progressed to this stage after emerging atop their respective conferences during the regular season. LA finished first in the West and are the top-scoring team across the league in their debut season, while Rugby ATL edged top spot in the East a year after joining MLR. The fine margins continued to dictate matters in the two semifinals, where the Giltinis beat the Utah Warriors 17-13 thanks to a late pair of tries from substitute Ryan James:

Former Australia international Adam Ashley-Cooper was first to cross the line at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the 37-year-old proving his worth as one of the club’s marquee men when it mattered. The Eastern Conference Final didn’t feature as much whitewash action as Rugby ATL and Rugby United NY produced just one try between them, with Alex Maughan crossing late for the former to win 10-9:

That semi-final fixture featured no fewer than three yellow cards, and cooler heads meant it was Atlanta who advanced to their maiden final at the conclusion of their first full MLR campaign. Despite having only made their debut this season, the Giltinis enter their maiden MLR final as favorites for a reason.

Darren Coleman’s side ended the regular season with the most tries scored (80) and fewest conceded (37) in the nation, and their points differential of +240 was more than double that of any other team. Not only that, but Giltinis threats Angus Cottrell (11) and DTH van der Merwe (10) each scored tries in the double digits this season. By contrast, Rugby ATL’s top try-scorer, Marko Janse van Rensburg, crossed over only eight times.

Atlanta have an uphill battle ahead of them in trying to cage LA’s star-studded cast on their own turf, but that should relieve the underdogs of any pressure as both teams makes their MLR final debuts.

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