It's time once again to check in on what's happening in DI club play in the West.
It looks like it is going to come down to the final match to see who wins the regular season title in the Pacific South. Right now Belmont Shore hold a two point edge of Santa Monica in the standings. Belmont Shore could have all but sealed first place had they beaten the Dolphins but a 50-24 win for Santa Monica puts them in a good position. Santa Monica will play Los Angeles next week while Belmont Shore play the Old Aztecs. They then face each other on the 15th in the final regular season match. The top four teams in the regular season are supposed to play each other for a spot in the playoffs.
Each team traded a try early to knot the score at 5-5. From there Santa Monica rattled off 17 straight points on tries from Allen Corruth and Joseph Krassenstein, along with a penalty from Martial Chaput to lead 22-5. Belmont Shore did get a try from Adam Channel before the half but Santa Monica also got one to lead 27-12 at the break. The second half was more even with Belmont Shore cutting the match to 37-24 at one point but it was never really in reach for the club.
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In other scores from the region the Old Aztecs pummeled Los Angeles 69-17 and OMBAC beat Pasadena 47-28. OMBAC sit third in the standings but have played one more match than either Belmont Shore and Santa Monica and cannot catch them in the standings.
The top two teams in NorCal--SFGG and Life West--squared off at Treasure Island on Saturday to see who would be the number one team from the region heading into the playoffs. In a physical game with some good rugby SFGG led 10-0 at the break. Akuila Uisale, Pila Huihui, Volney Rouse, and Langilangi Haupeakui all had tried for SFGG. Assuming they don't slip up before then SFGG are going to be a very difficult team to beat in the playoffs.
The Pacific North could get two spots in the playoffs. Word on the street is a play in match between the number two in the Pacific North and the Red River will determine who makes it to regionals. Right now that would be probably Life West and either the Dallas Reds, Austin Blacks, or Austin Huns.
Up in the Pacific Northwest the Bend Roughriders defeated the Valley Kangaroos 62-17 and ORSU beat the Portland Pigs 20-17. ORSU have clinched the top spot in the Pacific Northwest.
With the Gold Cup occupying the Austin Blacks and the Dallas Reds there were no matches in the Red River.