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Life West 27-20 Belmont Shore
The Life West Gladiators ran out to a 22-0 lead at halftime and then had to hold on thanks to a furious comeback from Belmont Shore to win 27-20.
It took 15 minutes of feeling each other out before the first score came. It was Life West that would capitalize first as Siokatame Falatau scored. Pelepesite Toelupe-Tuisila subsequently hit a penalty as Life West went ahead 8-0. Ten minutes later they grabbed another try and then a third before the end of the half. The third try came from wing Manu Volavola. At the break Life West led 22-0.
The second half was a completely different story. Andy Jackson scored a try and conversion just a few minutes in for Belmont Shore and then he hit a couple of penalties to cut the lead to 22-13. Life West scored a crucial try to lead 27-13. Rob Newcomb would get a late try from Belmont Shore to make things interesting but Life West held on for the result.
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Life West now have a share of the league lead with SFGG and OMBAC. The Gladiators will play the Old Aztecs next week while Belmont Shore play OMBAC.
OMBAC 58-10 Olympic Club
Heading into the Cal Cup season OMBAC had a singular focus of winning a title. That goal took it's initial step forward as they beat Olympic Club 58-10 to open up the season. Despite the eventual scoreline both teams playing some strong rugby but the depth of OMBAC was the difference as they were able to pull away in key moments.
Zach Pangelinan was a hat-trick for OMBAC scoring a hat-trick, including two in the first ten minutes. Pangelinan has been a scoring machine over the last few years and him getting going early is a good side. Another big player for OMBAC on the day was Kalei Konrad who was 5 for 9 on conversions and a penalty. Others tries came from Ian Denham, Ben Batger, Josh Bart, John Grant, Matt Long, and Shane Moise. The try from Bart was particularly strong as he ran an inside line off fly-half Ben Batger untouched for a thirty meter try.
Jared Braun was the try scorer for Olympic Club with Eagle Jake Anderson hitting the conversion and a later penalty.
SFGG 42-19 Old Aztecs
SFGG started their Cal Cup season exactly how they wanted with a 42-19 win over the San Diego Old Aztecs. SFGG used their backs to perfect running out to a strong lead before the Old Aztecs put together a good run in the second half. For the Old Aztecs it was their match at an elite level like the Cal Cup. They'll take lessons out of the match while SFGG look forward to their rivals Olympic Club next week. The Old Aztecs will host Life West.
Three Okusi brothers played for SFGG. The club also held a moment of silence in remembrance of Dan Daly before the start of the match. Daly was a contributor to the club and the father of stalwart Brendan Daly. Jack Halalilo and Pila Huihui each had two tries while Volney Rouse and Manu Laqai each had one. Rouse was six for six conversions.
Old Aztecs received tries from wing John Prickett, scrumhalf Robert Stortz, and lock Lucas Edwards. Center Tim Howard was 2 for 3 on conversions.