Friday, May 4, 2018

OMBAC, Belmont Shore To Clash For PRP Title

It's finals day on Saturday in the Pacific Rugby Premiership. The competition returned after a year off and once again gave top players in California and opportunity for high-level playing time. This season also saw some surprises. Whether it was the PRP or the Cal Cup OMBAC and SFGG have been the top two teams. Not this year. Belmont Shore saw their youth movement pay off as they advanced to the title match.

OMBAC vs. Belmont Shore

The Grand Final will be between OMBAC and Belmont Shore. OMBAC was the class of the competition from the start. It wasn't perfect but they made their intentions known early and it paid off down the road. Normally they would be favored in this match but they will have a few players missing to the San Diego Legion. Not as many as thought but there are still missing some key players.

Belmont Shore have been a surprise, if you can call them that. They have underperformed in the PRP and Cal Cup by their standards. As mentioned, they have made a movement to focus on youth in recent years. That has caused some growing pains but now is the reward. They can attack with the best of them and they have a scrappy quality about them. That can be big in a final and we think it gives them a small edge.

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Life West vs. SFGG

This is a battle of two teams that would have liked to have had better season. Both Life West and SFGG had championship aims but early falls cost them. They were eventually able to turn it around and pick up some big results. If there is a difference in the two teams it is that we think Life West has a few more playmakers. In a no holds bar game that can free up teams to attack and let a player like Devereaux Ferris run wild.

Olympic Cup vs. Santa Monica

Here they are again. Olympic Club and Santa Monica would have rather been anywhere but in fighting to avoid last place once again. There were hopes for both teams that in the new version of the PRP that they might see better results but the depth isn't there. They also had problems on the defensive end. Olympic Club has done well at tapping the Cal and St. Mary's pipeline but that is going to take time to bear full fruit.

The triple-header from San Diego's Little Q field begins at 11:00 a.m. pt.

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