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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Life West, OMBAC, & Belmont Shore Win PRP Openers


The first round of the newly reborn Pacific Rugby Premiership is in the books after a triple-header at Treasure Island in San Francisco. Belmont Shore and OMBAC provided wins for Southern California sides while Life West was the only Bay Area team to win.

Belmont Shore 30-29 SFGG

Belmont Shore put the rest of the PRP on notice that they are serious contenders this year with a thrilling 30-29 win over SFGG. Belmont Shore have always had strong stretches of play and have been a tough side to beat in the past but maybe this is the year they put it all together and win the competition. The club has been undergoing a youth movement and while there were still plenty of experienced players on the roster on Saturday the fact that there were able to integrate youth as well as win is a very positive sign for the club.

Jack Halalilo, who is one of the more underrated players in the country and who has been hampered by injury, scored an unconverted try to put SFGG up first. However, Belmont Shore would soon make their way back into it with Keni Nasoqeqe scoring. Kameron Moeller would later hit a penalty to extend Belmont Shore's lead to 10-5.

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The match could have swung definitely in Belmont's favor when Halalilo was shown a yellow card but instead SFGG was the team able to take advantage with a Lisiate Huihui try. With all things even flanker Sean Gorman scored for Belmont Shore to regain control but a strong stretch from SFGG in which Dahlin Williams, Nathan Sylvia, and Samuel Peri all scored to put SFGG up 29-18 with less than ten minutes to go.

That's when Belmont Shore made things interesting. As SFGG began to tire Belmont Shore was able to press ahead first scoring through Ezekial Dunn and then Maze Masoe for the narrow win. The last try especially came down to the wire with Belmont Shore putting in a long attack with no time left on the clock.

Belmont Shore

Forwards: Mafi Seanoa, Alex Fletcher, Travis Whitlock, Sam Lilley, Blake Rowerdink, Sean Gorman, Ben Weischedel, Keni Nasoqeqe; Backs: Jonathan Gray, Kameron Moeller, Greg Daniel, Ed Pitts, Peter Sio, Daniel Hodge, Daniel Thomas; Bench: Scott Finlay, Pita Semeane, Maze Masoe, Ezekial Dunn, Cameron Reed, Robert Newcomb, Max Paronelli, Adriano Ojeda

SFGG

Forwards: Patrick Latu, Neill Barrett, Nathan Sylvia, Brendan Hardiman, Nick Grass, Opeti Okusi, Isaac Helu, Akuila Uaisele; Backs: Colby Stevens, Elvis Sevealii, Lisiate Huihui, Lemoto Filikitonga, Oliver Vidgeon, Fatai Vailala, Jack Halalilo; Bench: Jeffrey Brunetto, Grant McDougall, Kasima Puamau, Samuel Peri, Brendan Daly, Connor Ring, Uatesoni Filikitonga, Dahlin Williams


OMBAC 52-10 Olympic Club

Cal Cup champions OMBAC showed that they are still a top contender for the PRP title with a 52-10 win over Olympic Club. Both teams played well in stretches with Olympic Club showing some good things but like in every other match it came down to the ability to execute when it mattered.  Tim Stanfill and Faafetai Te'o scored early for OMBAC while Drew Gaffney scored a try and Josh Tucker a conversion for Olympic Club to make it close early at 14-10. However, that is when OMBAC took over with Nick Evans, Tai Tuisamoa, Ian Denham, Charlie Purdon, James Sarks, and Logan Beggs all scoring.

OMBAC

Forwards: Jed Gillespie, OJ Auimatagi, Ethan Willis, Jackson Larkin, Albert Harmon, Chris Bergquist-Turori, Faafetai Te'o, Tai Tuisamoa; Backs: Jamie Purcell, Michael Dillon, Tim Stanfill, Damien Fatongia, James Sarks, Nick Evans, Ian Denham; Bench: Gilbert Covey, Jacob Nelson, Nicholas Zajda, Bryce Baker, Mila Setafene, Charlie Purdon, Stevie Johnson, Logan Beggs

Olympic Club

Olympic Club's roster was not available.  However, the team did feature players like Gaffney, Tucker, Bubba Jones, Mike Haley, Dustin Muhn, and Tanner Mohr.


Life West 41-13 Santa Monica

Life West are the only team in the current PRP to not have played in the previous division and you can bet they want to show that they can win the competition. To that end they took care of business beating Santa Monica 41-13. Life West ran out to a 17-6 lead thanks to a couple of tries from Siaosi Nonu. Martini Talapusi would then extend the lead further with a try and a penalty to make the halftime score 27-6. In the second half Josefa Vuatalevu and Charlie Brennan scored for Life West. Despite the yawning scoreline at the end both teams had some solid stretches. However, Life West were better at finishing their chances.

Life West

Forwards: Vei Tomasi, Jay Finau, Fancy Namulauulu, Gian Steenkamp, Zack Bonte, Naibuka Tawake, Charlie Brennan, Siaosi Nonu; Backs: Devereaux Ferris, Martini Talapusi, Jojo Vuatalevu, Calvin Nell, Guillaume Cazenave, Tyler Hutcherson, Anthony Munoz; Bench: Lopeti Liu, Jordan Fite, Simi Hingano, James Matewai, Tino Mafi, Eugene Faumuina, Nemia Qoro, Tookey Stevenson

Santa Monica

Forwards: Robert Cleere, Conor Clancy, Andrew Stock, Pierre Courpron, Michael Waszkowski, James Kennelly, Ed Tandy, Shane Spring; Backs: Victor Woo, Shawn Lee, Allen Corruth, Steve Stagg, Joseph Krassenstein, Quinn Perry, Martial Chaput; Bench: Collins Ochieng, Hudson Romain, Davis Amaya, Pak Hang Chan, Brett Henderson, Daniel Flynn, GUido Scassellati, Levik Khodaverdy

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