Friday, July 15, 2016

PRO Rugby Power Rankings: Ohio & Denver Still On Top

Our latest PRO Rugby Power Rankings are in and once again Ohio and Denver are one and two. However, Sacramento also move up the table as does San Francisco at the expense of San Diego.

1. Denver (8-3-0, 42 points; LW: 1, beat Sacramento 41-31): The Ohio offense was in full stride once again in Sacramento but it wasn't a perfect performance from the Aviators. They will be especially disappointed that they took the foot off the gas and let the Express back into the match. They basically have the rest of the month off before they take on the Stampede and Memorial Park. They can either be a blessing as they get healthy or it could mess up their rhythm. Up next: Bye

2. Denver (8-1-0, 36 points; LW: 2, beat San Diego 59-23): Denver's offense hasn't always been on the same level as their defense this year but that didn't hold serve on Sunday against San Diego. Led by Will Magie the Stampede finally got things going and picked up a much needed bonus point. They are going to need to continue to pick up bonus points as they set up a final weekend showdown. Up next: Sacramento

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3. Sacramento (2-7-0, 11 points; LW: 4; lost to Ohio 41-31): It was another loss for the Express but once again they showed a lot of improvement. The trend started when they came back from their long June break and it has them playing some terrific rugby at the moment. We fully expect them to pick up a couple of wins before the end of the season. They are definitely headed in the right direction. Up next: Denver

4. San Francisco (2-7-0, 12 points; LW: 5; Bye): San Francisco had the weekend off which is a good thing considering that they could use some rest. Like most of the teams in the competition they have gotten better as time has gone on. At the same time they are still missing one or two things that would make them great. Having Mils Muliaina back is going to help. Up next: San Diego

5. San Diego (4-6-0, 23 points; LW: 3; lost to Denver 59-23): The wheels are continuing to come off for San Diego. Yes, they did some things well against Denver, especially in the first half but overall they have endured a slide that few would have predicted to start the season. Injuries have taken their toll but they also aren't getting enough contributions from key players. Up next: San Francisco

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