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Friday, July 22, 2016

PRO Rugby POTW, Standings, & Scoring Leaders


It's time once again to check in on the latest PRO Rugby standings, scoring leaders, attendance, and name our player of the week.

Player of the Week: Referees

We're going to go with another unconventional choice for our player of the week as we felt it was time to give the referees their just due. Although there have been some poor and incorrect decisions by far the vast majority of the opinions rendered by the referees have been spot on. Again, it hasn't been perfect but as the season has progressed they have been able to manage the pace of games well and they have been able to build up a rapport with players and coaches. That part can't be understated. As the league continues to progress and there referees and players become more familiar with each other you are going to see the level of officiating only improve.

We've talked a lot about how having 12 matches at a very high level is going to help out players and coaches but the same goes for referees as well. They need game time just as much as players need game time. Having them not only be able to work at least a dozen games in some capacity in addition to various college matches and club matches has only made them better. Being a referee is difficult and this group deserves special praise for what they have been able to do this season.

Take the jump to read more.

Standings

Things have pretty much held serve over the weekend with Ohio and Denver still at the top. That said, it's very notable that with Denver's win over Sacramento they are now just one point behind Ohio with a match in hand. That means that regardless of what happens against San Francisco this weekend they are going to go into the final match of the season with a chance at winning the championship. If they beat San Francisco, something easier said than done at this point, and take the maximum points away they will have a four point edge meaning that Ohio will have to win. Denver can also lose but gain two bonus points and still be crowned champions.

At the bottom of the table it's looking more and more likely that Sacramento will finish at the bottom of the table but they could change things with a win over slumping San Diego and then a win over San Francisco the following weekend.

Defensively both Ohio and Denver are miles ahead over everyone else. Offensively Ohio are still number one but thanks to a couple of strong performances Denver are catching up with them. Back on the defensive end San Diego are beginning to struggle.

Team Record (W-L-D) PF PA PD BP Points
Ohio
8-3-0
444
248
+196
10
42
Denver
9-1-0
347
217
+130
5
41
San Diego
4-7-0
308
378
-70
8
24
San Francisco
3-7-0
278
389
-111
5
17
Sacramento
2-8-0
225
370
-145
3
11

Attendance

Once again we need to share the disclaimer that you should take these numbers as purely our guess. We are almost certainly wrong. That said, the league average sits around 1650 at the moment. Denver, one of the higher draws finished with just under 2000 fans per match, very similar to what San Diego finished with. The league still has a big match remaining in Ohio and their most well attended team in Sacramento left with two matches. San Francisco continues to struggle at the gate. 


Game 1
2
3
4
5
6
Average
Denver
2300
2346
2000
1750
1500
1750
1941
Ohio
2000
1500
1250
1250
750

1350
Sacramento
3400
2000
2000
1500


2225
San Diego
2500
2000
2000
2000
1500
1500
1916
San Francisco
1700
700
700
700
700

900






League Avg:
1666

Scoring Leaders

Despite not playing over the weekend Kurt Morath has kept his lead at the top of the scoring charts. However, he is now being closely followed by Volney Rouse who picked up a lot of points over the weekend. Rouse is now just seven points behind Morath. Will Magie is also putting up the numbers. Spike Davis remains the first non-kicker on the overall list.

Scoring Leaders
Total
Kurt Morath (San Diego)
117
Volney Rouse (San Francisco)
110
Will Magie (Denver)
95
Mirco Bergamasco (Sacramento)
82
Shaun Davies (Ohio)
76
Spike Davis (Ohio)
70
Sebastian Kalm (Ohio)
50


Try Scorers
Total
Spike Davis
14
Sebastian Kalm
10
Zach Fenoglio
7
David Tameilau
7
Filippo Ferrarini
6
Orene Ai’i
5
Max De Achaval
5
Alex Elkins
5
Hanco Germishuys
5
Dylan Fawsitt
4
Chad London
4
Jamie Mackintosh
4
Mike Te’o
4
Dom Waldouck
4
Pedrie Wannenburg
4
Jacob Finau
3
Cecil Garber
3
Mike Garrity
3
Riekert Hattingh
3
Langilangi Haupeakui
3
Pila Iongi
3
Ollie Kilifi
3
Ben Leatigaga
3
Phil Mackenzie
3
Volney Rouse
3
Kyle Sumsion
3
Timana Tahu
3
Mason Baum 
2
Tom Bliss
2
Logan Collins
2
Pierce Dargan
2
JP Eloff
2
Devereaux Ferris
2
Michael Haley
2
Ahmed Harajly
2
Matt Hughston
2
Martin Knoetze
2
Kalei Konrad
2
Niku Kruger
2
Ata Malifa
2
Jack O’Hara
2
Zach Pangelinan
2
Charlie Purdon
2
Tim Stanfill
2
Christian Wiessing
2
Michael Al-Jiboori
1
Kyle Baillie
1
Ray Barkwill
1
Nick Blevins
1
Garrett Brewer
1
Derrick Broussard
1
Nikola Bursic
1
Hubert Buydens
1
Dustin Croy
1
Peter Dahl
1
Cam Falcon
1
Sam Finau
1
Bill Fukofuka
1
Alec Gletzer
1
Pono Haitsuka
1
Alex Hodgkinson
1
Taylor Howden
1
Cody Jerabek
1
Epi Kalemani
1
Toke Kefu
1
Ryan Koewler
1
Jeremy Lenaerts
1
Peter Malcolm
1
Lynton Mare
1
Ryan Matyas
1
Robert Meeson
1
Shane Moore
1
Jope Motokana
1
Mils Muliaina
1
Taku Ngwenya
1
Nemia Qoro
1
John Quill
1
Michael Reid
1
Casey Rock
1
Chris Saint
1
Siupeli Sakalia
1
Andrew Suniula
1
Roland Suniula
1
Lagakali Tavake
1
Joe Taufete’e
1
Sione Tuihalamaka
1
Tai Tuisamoa
1
Nick Wallace
1
Luke White
1

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