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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DI Recap: Life West Beats Razorbacks, Blacks Survive Scare


Life West beat back a rival in the Pacific North and the Austin Blacks survived a scare. A full recap of the week's DI play is below.

Pacific North

Both the Life West Gladiators and the EPA Razorbacks have been on a collision course trajectory so far this year in the Pacific North Southern division. That came head to head on Saturday as they two teams went at it in East Palo Alto. As expected, the match featured a lot of great rugby but in the end the Gladiators won 47-21.

Life West took a 12-0 lead thanks to tries from Jay Finau and center Suli Holani before the Razorbacks got a converted try of their own. Two more tries, including one from Finau and one from Devereaux Ferris put the Gladiators up 24-7 at halftime. The second half was fairly even with the Gladiators first half surge carrying them through.

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Santa Rosa kept their record perfect with a 33-14 win over the Sacramento Lions to lead in the Northern division. Santa Rosa raced out to a 28-0 on tries from Diminic Patrick, Abel Grobbelaar, Ratu Tamaibeka, and Uluilakeba Kabanaivalu as well as two penalties from Justin Stine. The Lions didn't help themselves in the match with two yellow cards. The Lions did go on a mini-run at the end with two tries before Manuel Ambriz finished things off for Santa Rosa.

Also in the division Fresno beat the San Jose Seahawks 29-17.

Pacific South

There is a three team tie for first place in the Pacific South between the Old Aztecs, Belmont Shore, and OMBAC. The Old Aztecs had a relatively easy time in their match as they beat Downtown 26-3. Nicholas Murray had a first half hat-trick.

In a companion match to their PRP encounter Belmont Shore beat the Santa Monica Dolphins 24-15. Belmont Shore finished all their scoring by the 35th minute with Santa Monica scoring three tries in the last 20 minutes. OMBAC were idle over the weekend.  Los Angeles is the closet team to the top three in the standings at four points behind. They beat Pasadena 26-18.

Red River

Fresh off their win over the Dallas Reds the Austin Blacks nearly let their advantage slip away as they only beat the Griffins 27-25. The Griffins have been playing better this year and that showed through very well in the match as they had a chance to win it. Knute O'Donnell gave the Blacks the advantage early with a try in the 13th minute but then a try from Jake McCloud, followed by a penalty from Toby Quarendon and a try from Alex Reher gave the Griffins a 15-7 advantage at the break.

A Pat Sullivan penalty would help the Blacks back into the match but even that was cancelled out by a drop goal from Quarendon. However, as the match wore on the Blacks finally began to assert themselves. A try from Brendan Rams and then a penalty from Sullivan finally gave the Blacks the lead. Still, the Griffins nearly took the match. A try from McCloud ten minutes from time put the Griffins in a great spot to win but a try from Curtis Chaffin two minutes from time and a conversion from Sullivan gave the Blacks the win.

New Orleans won the only other match in the division, beating HARC 33-21. 

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