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Thursday, April 13, 2017

DI West Coast Recap: Playoff Races Tighten


In NorCal the playoffs have already begun while SoCal has pinned down their top four. In the Red River the Huns have an advantage but both the Reds and Blacks can catch them.

Pacific South

The four division playoffs spots in the Pacific South are set. Either current number one Belmont Shore or number two Santa Monica will be the top seed depending on their match next week while OMBAC and the Old Aztecs will complete the top four. Both Belmont Shore and Santa Monica were involved last weekend with big lopsided wins. Santa Monica beat Los Angeles 67-5 and Belmont Shore beat Tempe 58-12. They will play next week to see who finishes first. Belmont Shore have a two point lead in the standings.

Pacific North

There were a few matches in NorCal including two playoff semi-finals over the weekend. The SFGG Gold (first team) dispatched the EPA Razorbacks 72-8 in one semi-final. SFGG were up early and often in that match. The other semi-final saw Life West beat Olympic Club 20-15 on the back of a hat-trick from Tyler Harrison. SFGG and Life West will meet at Cal Maritime for the top seed next week.

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SFGG look very good heading into the postseason. A quick scan down their roster sees the like of Pat Latu, Opeti Okusi, Isaac Helu, Langilangi Haupeakui, Volney Rouse, Pila Huihui, and Pila Iongi. That is going to be very tough to take down. That said, Life West have a number of players that can succeed as well.

The other match in the division SFGG Green (second side) fall to the Sacramento Lions 25-12.

In the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Pigs and Snake River drew 17-17 and the Eastside Tsunami beat Bend 62-20.

Red River

The Austin Huns took over the top spot in the Red River with a 40-19 win over the Dallas Reds. Dallas opened up the scoring with a try from Tyler Miller but then the Huns rattled off tries from Lomani Tongotongo, Hanco Germishuys, and Justin Hale to lead 21-7 at the half. Chad Joseph scored first for the Reds in the second half but that was quickly equalized by Andrew Heller for the Huns. The two teams would then trade tries before the Huns finished with one more try.

The other score from the division saw the Dallas Harlequins beat HARC 43-29. Both the Harlequins and HARC are out of contention in the top three. The top team from the Red River makes the U.S.A. Rugby playoffs while the runner-up will play the Pacific North. Right now the Huns have 25 points to 21 for the Reds. The Austin Blacks also have 21 points. The Blacks play the Huns next week while the Reds play the Harlequins. 

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