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Monday, December 19, 2016

Cal Cup Week Three Recap


OMBAC 62-36 SFGG

If OMBAC wanted to have a chance to play in the championship match they needed to secure a win against SFGG on Saturday. With Todd Clever a late addition to the starting line-up he proved to be a big part of the difference as OMBAC went on to win 62-36 in a thriller. Now there is a logjam in the middle of the table with three teams--SFGG, OMBAC, and Belmont Shore--all chasing Life West for a place in the final. SFGG and Belmont Shore have a one point lead over OMBAC.

SFGG got off to an explosive start with tries in the 1st and 4th minutes from Donaldson and Brendan Daly - one converted by‎ Donaldson. OMBAC struck back with a try from Todd Clever converted by Kalei Konrad around the 11th minute. Clever, having played for OMBAC several seasons in the past, has joined the club on loan from the Austin Huns for the Cal Cup season, as part of an expanded partnership between the two clubs.

After Clever's try SFGG struck back, extending the lead to 22-7 with a try from Pila Huihui. Donaldson converted the try and had a penalty. OMBAC then scored back to back tries from Chris Turori and John Grant, both converted by Konrad to closee out the half at 22-21 to SFGG.

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SFGG's Danny Laprovette scored first in the second half but the OMBAC went big scoring 5 straight tries from Tim Stanfill, 2 from Clever, Nick Evans, and another from Grant. Konrad and Pangelinan combined to covert three of the tries with Pangelinan adding another penalty to take it to 55-29. Then they traded final tries from Joe Fukafuka for SFGG and Grant for OMBAC with to reach a final of 62-36.

Belmont Shore 44-31 Old Aztecs

Belmont Shore have done their part to put themselves in a position to make the championship match next month with a 44-31 win over SoCal rivals the Old Aztecs. Belmont are in second place behind Life West and are tied on points with SFGG but have a better point differential. Belmont will face SFGG after the holiday break in a match that could determine who finishes in the top two.

The first half was back and forth with both teams keeping the score board moving. both teams played a tactical kicking game, trying to pin the other team in their half and force turnovers. Old Aztecs opened up scoring with a penalty by Tim Howard to make it 3-0. Belmont replied not too long after with a converted try to make it 3-7. The Old Aztecs replied with a try by Robert Stortz and the conversion by Howard made it 10-7. Belmont scored a converted try to make it 10-14. The yo-yoing continued with a try by Tasi Toilolo for the Old Aztecs after going through several phases. Howard converted to make it 17-14. Belmont closed the half with a penalty to make it 17-17.

In the second half the Old Aztecs scored as pressure led to a charge down and a Jeff Diggs try. Howard converted to make it 24-17. Belmont replied not too long after to make it 24-22. For the next 20 minutes the teams put together multiple phases of attack but the defense held out on both sides. Belmont finally broke through and scored a converted try followed by a quick penalty to make it 24-32. The Old Aztecs came back and scored a try by Lucas Edwards, that was converted by Jaco Breytenbach to make it 31-32 with 5 minutes to go. It was the Belmont bench that proved too strong as they were able to finish strong. Belmont score two quick tries through good ball movement and the OA defense could not hold out. Final score 31-44 for Belmont.

Life West 46-23 Olympic Club

In a stark contrast to their game the previous weekend, The Olympic Club took on Life West on a sunny day on Treasure Island. With little wind, clear skies and a dry field, the conditions were primed for some running rugby and Life West did not disappoint. In the end, although each team was able to score it was Life West that would prevail 46-23.

Life West got on the board early with tries by Pila Iongi and Anthony Munoz. Keegan Engelbrecht would add two penalties for a 12-6 score. Jake Anderson would bring things close for the Olympic Club at the 25 minute mark by returning a kick for a try and a 12-11 score.

Life West would use the last 10 minutes of the first 10 minutes of the second half to put away the game score 4 unconverted tries and making the score 32-11. It was a close game from then on with both team scoring two tries to bring the final to 46-23.

As we hit the the midway point of the California Cup these two teams sit at opposite ends of the table with Life West as the only 3-0 team and Olympic Club even with with Old Aztecs at 0-3

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