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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

DI Recap: Life West Wins Big, Dallas & Austin Roll

Club play once again is heating up in California and in the Red River. Here is the latest from around the country.

Pacific North

The season got going in a big way in the Pacific North over the weekend after only one match in week one. The East Palo Alto Razorbacks, the top team from last year once again got things started out on a positive note as they beat Fresno 60-8. Siupeli Sakalia had a hat-trick for the club.

In a pair of close matches the Sacramento Lions edged San Francisco Golden Gate 15-13 thanks to a try from flanker Edward Matakibau only two minutes from time. Santa Rosa also beat the Sacramento Blackhawks 13-3. The Life West Gladiators are probably the early season favorites to win the division. They backed that up with a 71-10 win over the San Jose Seahawks.

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Pacific South

In the Pacific South it was pretty much a straightforward weekend as once again the three Pacific Rugby Premiership sides used their DI matches to warm-up many or some of their DI players. Belmont Shore registered the biggest win of the weekend beating Downtown 42-0. Santa Monica beat neighbors Pasadena 50-14 while OMBAC beat Los Angeles 36-12.

Red River

Both the Austin Blacks and the Dallas Reds kept their records perfect with wins. The Blacks were up against New Orleans, a team that once again wants to find itself at the top of the divisions. This match went the way of the Blacks in a 35-18 win. Zak Triplett started things off with a try for Austin before Ross Bellaci hit a penalty for NOLA. Rickey Johnson and Seth Saunders would sandwich another penalty from Bellaci to extend the lead to 15-6. Efforts from Matt Radzavich (twice), Ngwako Ralepelle, and a penalty from Stephen Jones would put the Blacks in front 35-6. Allen Alongi and Cam Falcon had late tries for NOLA.

Dallas had to work to beat the Austin Huns but there were able to pull out a 25-17 result. Blake Boulton put the Reds up 5-0 before Kyle Breytenback answered back. A penalty from Thierry Daupin would then put the Huns up by three. A try from Chad Joseph and a penalty from Zack Klump would put the Reds up 15-10 in the second half. That lead was later extended by Klump with another penalty. The Huns made things close with ten minutes left when Breytenback scored his second try to get within one. However, taking advantage of a yellow card to the Huns Dale Russ would give the Reds some breathing room.

In the other match in the division the Dallas Harlequins beat HARC 14-0. 

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