Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cal Cup Week Four Recap

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SFGG 23-21 Belmont Shore

With only one more week left before the Cal Cup finals San Francisco Golden Gate picked up an important 23-21 win over Belmont Shore. However, thanks to results elsewhere SFGG still find themselves on the outside looking in on a spot in the finals. What they have done is set up a winner take all match against Life West next week. Belmont Shore now find themselves on the outside looking in as well except they now only have 11 points while their rivals have either 15 or 16 with one week to go.

Everything was going in favor of Belmont Shore early on. Hilton Mexted got things going with a drop kick early on in the sixth minute. That was soon followed up with a try from Mason Pederson. Andy Jackson later hit a penalty. That put Belmont Shore up 11-0. It took about 20 minutes but SFGG were finally able to get themselves on the board with a penalty from Isoa Donaldson. That was soon neutralized with another penalty from Jackson. Only a minute before the half SFGG got their first try once again through Donaldson. He also converted his try to make it 14-10 at the break.

Donaldson was spot on against five minutes into the second half to once Golden Gate to within one. SFGG would then take their first lead with twenty minutes to go on their second try. With eight minutes left they added a second to go ahead 23-14. Belmont Shore had one last effort from Mike Te'o to get close but time ran out.

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As mentioned, SFGG take on Life West next week for a spot in the final while Belmont Shore play Olympic Club.

OMBAC 46-28 Life West

OMBAC have kept their championship hopes alive by inflicting Life West's first loss of the season in a 46-28 win. OMBAC now have 15 points but are ahead of SFGG on point differential. Despite their loss Life West are still at the top of the table with 16 points thanks to a bonus point against OMBAC. OMBAC will close out the season against the Old Aztecs next week while Life West will play SFGG.

Life Wrest started out by scoring in the 7th minute on a trick line out where Devereaux Ferris darted through for the score. Guillaume Cazenave would convert to give Life West a 7-0 lead.  OMBAC nearly immediately responded with tries in the 19th minute by center John Grant and hooker Jared Gillespie in the 24th minute. Kalei Konrad was able to convert one to move ahead 12-7. Konrad also added a penalty to move it to 15-7.

Anthony Munoz would score Life West's second try just a few minutes before halftime. However, that was met with a second try from Grant and another Konrad penalty to lead 25-14 at halftime.

In the second half Life West scored first once again before that was cancelled out by Tim Stanfill. Ferris would grab another try back for Life West to make it 35-28. Still, that would be as close as Life West would get as OMBAC finished out the match by two penalties from Ian Cassidy and a try from Todd Clever.

Old Aztecs 21-22 Olympic Club

The Old Aztecs have beaten Olympic Club 31-22 to pick up their first win in the Cal Cup. For the Aztecs it was a reward for improved play in their first season of elite level rugby. For Olympic Club it was another disappointing result that now sees them at the bottom of the table.

It took a little while for both teams to settle in but once they did it was Olympic Club to get on the board first via a penalty from Keegan Engelbrecht. It then took a little while longer for the next score to come but when it did it broke for the Old Aztecs. Michael Deel scored the first score and Tim Howard converted to give the Old Aztecs a 7-3 lead. Nearly off the restart it was Deel again at the center of the action as he set up Boomer Roller. When it looked like San Diego would lead 12-3 at the break Olympic Club struck back through Mike Haley to make it 12-8 at halftime.

In the second half it was Lucas Edwards that would score first to extend the lead for San Diego. After a penalty they quick tapped to get the try. That made it 19-8 after the conversion. Still, Olympic Club weren't done and five minutes after the Edwards try they scored again to make it 19-15.

Even though Olympic Club had a lot of the ball in the Old Aztecs end the San Diego defense held firm. Eventually that led to a try as they turned the ball over and went the length of the pitch for the James Niblock score. With roughly twenty minutes to go the Old Aztecs led 24-15. Each team would then trade a tries to finish the match at 31-22.

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