Tuesday, February 7, 2017
DI Recap: Favorites Continue To Win
It's time once again to check in on DI club play.
San Francisco Golden Gate exacted revenge on Life West after the Gladiators knocked them out of the Cal Cup finals a few weeks back with a 35-19 win in DI play. SFGG got a surprise inclusion this week with Eagle Langilangi Haupeakui joining the team from Glasgow. Olympic Club continue to roll, this time with a 39-0 win over the East Palo Alto Razorbacks. Matt Tymstra had two tries for Olympic Club while Mike Haley and Josh Tucker each had tries. The Sacramento Lions came back from a a halftime deficit to beat Santa Rosa 37-19. The win moves the Lions to 1-1 on the season.
There were only two matches in the Pacific South over the weekend. The Santa Monica Dolphins beat Pasadena 45-10. Joseph Krassenstein had a hat-trick for the Dolphins who are currently at the top of the table. In the other match Belmont Shore beat Los Angeles 46-9. Keni Nasoqeqe had a hat-trick for Belmont Shore. Santa Monica, Belmont Shore, and OMBAC are expected to be the favorites in the Pacific South this year.
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The Austin Huns stayed perfect on the season with a 24-18 win over the Dallas Reds. The Huns are showing that they are legitimate contenders to take the Red River title this year. The Reds and the Austin Blacks have had a stranglehold on the Red River over the last few years but with the Huns bringing in players like Hanco Germishuys they have made themselves favorites.
Against the Reds tries from Andrew Heller and Matthew Wesley-Moore scored early to put the Huns up 14-0. The Reds got a penalty from Blake Boulton. The Huns picked up two yellow cards in the 27th and 20th minutes but the Reds couldn't take advantage and got yellows of their own in the 38th and 40th minutes.
In the second half Hanco Germishuys scored to put the Huns up 19-3 before Boulton hit another penalty. The Reds made a run with a try from Jonny Heron. David LeMasters for the Huns and Chad Joseph for the Reds closed it out with tries.
In the other match in the region the Dallas Harlequins beat HARC 36-19.
The Atlantic North is on a break until later in the spring.
The Mid-Atlantic is on a break until later in the spring.
The Midwest is on a break until later in the spring.