It's time once again to take a look around DI. The playoffs are fast approaching.
Belmont Shore have a six point lead in the Pacific South and a perfect record after beating the Tempe Old Devils 67-12. It was only 15-0 at halftime with tries from Andrew Jackson and Pita Semeane along with a Jackson penalty. In the second half is where Belmont really turned it on. In second place in the division are the Santa Monica Dolphins who were idle over the weekend. They sit only a point ahead of OMBAC and Pasadena in the standings and two points ahead of the Old Aztecs but they have two matches in hand on each.
For their part Pasadena beat Los Angeles 38-19 to keep place. The match with the biggest implications was OMBAC vs. the Old Aztecs in the San Diego rivalry. In that match the Old Aztecs took a 8-0 lead thanks to a Jaco Breytenback penalty and James Niblock try. Two penalties from Kalei Konrad put OMBAC back in it before one of those was cancelled out with a penalty from Breytenbach. In the second half a try from Charlie Purdon with 13 minutes to go put OMBAC in front. A try from Tim Stanfill added to the OMBAC lead but a response from Jeff Diggs tied things up at 18-18 with not much time left. However, a last minute try from Steve Johnson sealed the result for OMBAC and kept their playoff hopes alive.
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The top two teams in the Pacific South will play for a spot in the finals at the end of the year.
There were some lopsided results in the Pacific North. In the Bay Area Olympic Club beat Santa Rosa 49-21 while the Life West Gladiators beat the Sacramento Lions 75-12. Both Santa Rosa and the Lions have struggled for numbers this year as they retool. SFGG lead the competition.
In the Pacific Northwest part of the conference ORSU earned an important 36-33 win over Snake River and the Portland Pigs beat Ben 26-22.
The Midwest started their spring season over the weekend as the Cincinnati Wolfhounds beat the Kansas City Blues 22-15. The Blues actually opened the scoring with a penalty from Johannes Swanepoel but a try from from John Stapleton gave the Wolfhounds the lead. Yellow cards proved to be a problem for the Blues with a card in the 23rd minute allowing the Wolfhounds to extend their lead to 12-3. The Blues did make a come back in the second half with a couple of tries to take a 15-12 minute lead with about 20 minutes left. However, a try from Sam Macanich put the Wolfhounds back in front.
There was also one match in the Mid-Atlantic as they also restarted. The Pittsburgh Harlequins scored a last minute try to beat the Norfolk Blues 38-33. The top four teams in the Mid-Atlantic advance to the playoffs for a spot in the U.S.A. Rugby playoffs.
The one match trend was also present in the Red River. The Austin Huns flexed their muscle once again as they beat the Dallas Harlequins 89-5. The top team in the Red River Conference will make the U.S.A. Rugby playoffs at the end of the year. The second place team will have a playoff against NorCal for the playoffs.