Thursday, July 7, 2016

PRO Rugby Power Rankings: Ohio Hold Serve

Photo: Connie Hatfield
Ohio once again top our PRO Rugby Power Rankings. Denver sit in second spot and can move up with a big result this weekend. We do have movement in the rankings with Sacrament swapping places with San Francisco.

1. Ohio (7-3-0, 37 points; LW: 1; beat San Diego 44-21): No reason to change the status of Ohio as number one after another solid performance. If there was something to ding it was that they didn't score 50 points at home yet again! They are playing so well at the moment both on the offensive end and the defensive end. If they had this form earlier in the season they wouldn't be trying to chase Denver. They still have a chance but they are going to need things to happen elsewhere. Up next: at Sacramento

2. Denver (7-1-0, 31 points; LW: 2, Bye): Denver had the week off. Even though they have two matches in hand over Ohio they have to be worried that Ohio are picking up so many bonus points while they aren't. They are going to need a big result against San Diego to put any doubts to rest. Up next: San Diego

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3. San Diego (4-5-0, 23 points; LW: 3, lost to hip 44-21): The Breakers got their internationals back but they still couldn't stop Ohio. A late night arrival into Columbus the night before certainly didn't help but San Diego have to be very disappointed that they have now lost four matches in a row. They went from pushing for a title to now trying to finish with a record above .500. Up next: at Denver

4. Sacramento (2-6-0, 10 points; LW: 5; beat San Francisco 43-19): The Express found their form at Boxer Stadium over the weekend as they piled on the points early and often. It wasn't a perfect performance, especially in the second part of the first half but their earlier run was enough to see them through. It's too late to move outside of the bottom of the table but they can play spoiler, beginning with Ohio this weekend. Up next: Ohio

5. San Francisco (2-7-0, 12 points; LW: 4; lost to Sacramento 43-19): It looked like the Rush had turned a corner with their last couple of results, even if they weren't all wins but they reverted back to their earlier form against Sacramento, especially on the defensive end where they gave up far too many points. They did show flashes but they'll need more. Up next: Bye

1 comment:

  1. Curtis, I keep noticing you say that Ohio needs help. But if Ohio wins out with bonus points wins over Sacramento and Denver, they will be the points leader. The points leader is champion, no?