Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PRP Power Rankings: Some Changes To Start The Season

After one week of play there are already some changes to our PRP Power Rankings. Glendale keep the top spot thanks to a big win over Olympic Club while SFGG stays second thanks to their result over Belmont Shore. However, OMBAC moves up while Santa Monica also move up, despite not playing.

1. Glendale Raptors (1-0-0; Last Week: 1; beat Olympic Club 71-17): The Raptors did nothing to suggest they won't be in the title match once again this year. They did go down early to Olympic Club but then they found their groove in the big win. A big test will come when the team is missing a few players to Eagles duty and faces stiffer competition but right now they look good. Up next: at OMBAC

2. SFGG Rhinos (1-0-0; LW: 2; beat Belmont Shore 24-6): The SFGG-Belmont Shore match had all the trappings of a big early season encounter. With a win Belmont Shore could have put SFGG in a big hole. Instead, it was the boot of Volney Rouse that broke a tight match and put SFGG ahead. Up next: at Santa Monica

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3. OMBAC (1-0-0; LW: 4; beat Denver Barbarians 46-3): Like Glendale, OMBAC made a statement early. It was relatively close at halftime against the Barbarians but a hat-trick from Matt Long sent OMBAC to the big win. The team is going to need more results like this during the season, including their big match-up against Glendale next week. Up next: Glendale Raptors

4. Belmont Shore (0-1-0; LW: 4, lost to SFGG 24-6): All the signs are there that Belmont Shore are going to be a great team this year. The loss to SFGG stings but it did give the club a platform to improve for the rest of the season. They are going to have to deal with the absences of a few key players on Eagles duty but if they can focus, they will challenge for a spot in the finals. Up next: Olympic Club

5. Denver Barbarians (0-1-0; LW: 5; lost to OMBAC 4-3): A tough and disappointing loss for Denver who were hoping for a much better start to the season. Missing Max De Achaval and Ben Pinkleman took it's toll but overall depth is something to watch this year for the club. Up next: Bye

6. Santa Monica (0-0-0; LW: 7; bye): The Dolphins didn't play last week but move up as a result of the Olympic Club-Glendale match. Up next: SFGG

7. Olympic Club (0-1-0; LW: 6; lost to Glendale 71-17): It's hard to open the season without your two new recruits but even if the team had Alec Gletzer and Jake Anderson in the line-up they still probably wouldn't have beaten Glendale. It's hard not to see solid pieces on O-Club but there is plenty of depth that needs to be built up in key areas. Up next: at Belmont Shore

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