Monday, July 18, 2016

San Francisco Active In Win Over San Diego.

Photo: Connie Hatfield
The San Francisco Rush put themselves in position to potentially finish third in the standings after beating San Diego 50-26 at Boxer Stadium. Given the slow start to the season for the Rush they now have three wins and have turned into one of the most exciting teams in the league.

It only took a few minutes for San Francisco to get on the board. From a San Diego put in at the scrum Orene Ai'i read the subsequent play beautifully to intercept the ball and go in for the try. After the try the Rush continued to press forward and around the ten minute mark earned a penalty that Rouse would hit to push the score to 10-0. Rouse had a great day from the tee scoring 15 points.

San Diego did have some bright moments but it was San Francisco that would score once again. A great skip pass from Ai'i to Martini Talapusi put the Rush in space and when Talapusi passed to Devereaux Ferris he was in for the team's second try. With just 14 minutes played  San Francisco led 17-0.

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Credit to San Diego as they immediately responded. A great run from Taku Ngwenya sucked in the defense which opened up space for Tai Tuisamoa to subsequently take a great pass from Charlie Pudon out of the ruck for the score. Kalei Konrad would hit his first conversion of the day and San Diego were back within ten at 17-7. Unfortunately for them a mistake on the restart saw them given up yet another try. Tuisamoa wasn't able to handle the kick as it got caught in the wind. Bill Fukofuka was then able to scoop up the ball and pass to Rouse for the try.

Both teams weren't able to get much going for the next ten minutes. That changes when San Diego was able to pin the Rush in deep. Keeping the ball alive they were able to run through several phases before eventually Cecil Garber smashed through the defense for a try on the wing. With Konrad's conversion San Diego were once again down ten at 24-14. They did have a couple more chances before halftime to pick up points but Konrad wasn't able to convert on his attempt and they couldn't hold on to the ball after a strong run down the pitch.

The Rush opened up the second half in strong fashion with a try from Michael Haley thanks to some good work from the team's forwards. They continued to keep possession and put the Breakers under pressure. Eventually that would pay off. Nick Blevins did well to block a Mikey Te'o kick and then recover for the score. The conversion would be off but the Rush were well in charge at 36-14.

San Diego were once again able to respond with a try through Mike Te'o to cut into the lead. Taking the ball from deep in their own end San Diego showed great hands to go through several phases and passes. That set up Te'o taking a great pass to go in the rest of the way for the try. However, that was cancelled out a few minutes later as excellent passing from San Francisco set up Ferris for the score.  With 20 minutes left San Francisco led 43-19.

Each team traded tries with San Diego scoring a great tries from Te'o and Derek Broussard and Ai'i responding with his second a few minutes later for San Francisco.

The Rush have to be happy with the quality of their attack in the match. They were extremely active and they were able to find their backs in good place. Additionally, they took it up another level defensively and were much more active getting off the line than they have been earlier in the season. On the other hand, San Diego have to be disappointed with yet another sub-par performance. They have now lost six straight performances on the year, a long fall from a team that was considered one of the contenders to take the title.

San Diego now finish out their season against Sacramento at Bonney Field next week while San Francisco host Denver in an important match for the Stampede.

San Francisco

Tries: Ai'i (2), Ferris (2), Rouse, Haley, Blevins
Conversion: Rouse 6)
Penalties: Rouse

San Diego

Tries: Tuisamoa, Garber, Te'o, Broussard
Conversion: Konrad (3)

1 comment:

  1. I was at that match with my younger sister and a couple of her friends from Alameda. It was my first ever 15's match and I think they were more entertained watching me react to San Diego's performance then the game. Next year, I'm going to all of San Diego's home games. GO BREAKERS!!!