Belmont Shore Makes a Statement on the PRP Leaderboard

Tight games throughout the Pacific South tell the story of this weekend.

Samurai Sportswear Pacific Rugby Premiership
Belmont Shore landed a massive win  this weekend after beating the previously undefeated Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) on their home pitch 39-20. OMBAC took off to a 17-0 lead by the 25th minute, but Belmont charged back with 14 points sending it 20-14 at the half. Belmont's number 15 Viliame Longi put down four total game tries with three of them in the second half cementing the Belmont win. OMBAC still sits atop the leaderboard Belmont Shore in second San Francisco Golden Gate in third. The only other PRP match had the Santa Monica Dolphins victorious over Olympic Club, 36-15.

Men's Division II

The Red Mountain Warthogs won on the road 27-24 over the Tempe Old Devils. Group C Leader Las Vegas Irish won via forfeit from Northern Arizona Landsharks. Battle of Group B culminated in the traveling Oceanside Chiefs beating the San Diego Old Aztecs 21-20. It was a tight 10-11 match at half and San Diego battled back with two late tries in the 76th and 80th minute, but fell just short to lose by one point. Oceanside sits in first place in Group B with 35 points and San Diego Old Aztecs just behind them in second place with 33. Los Angeles Rugby beat Back Bay Sharks 33-21. Pasadena Rugby, the Group A leader, won versus the Huntington Beach Unicorns, 55-7.  San Fernando Valley won at home as number 13 Omar Haddad scored a try in the 70th minute, which was converted by number 15 Hawks Liv to take the final lead 29-24.

Men's Division III
The Arizona Group Leader, Phoenix Rugby, beat home team Tucson Magpies, 51-24. Visiting Old Pueblo Lions won 54-41 over Scottsdale Blues. Las Vegas Irish D3 won via forfeit by Camelback Rugby. In the SoCal division number one Beaumont Bluehawks won via forfeit by Riverside. Kern County lost at home 17-25 against San Luis Obispo. The second place Orange County Ravens won via forfeit by the Santa Monica Dolphins D3. Third place North County Gurkhas beat the Santa Barbara Grunions 41-29.

Men's Division IV
Home team South Bay Stingrays grabbed a 57-21 win over the Temecula Mountain Lions. Number 10 Luke Cunningham nabbed a hat trick with tries in the 32nd, 36th, and 50th minute.

Women's DI
The first place Tempe Ninjas were victorious on their home pitch 36-17 against second place Belmont Shore. Belmont Shore jumped out early with a try by Harley Moeller in the fifth minute, but Tempe knocked through a penalty kick just minutes after followed by a try in the 24th minute by number fifteen Lindsey Mahoney giving Tempe a lead they never lost.

Women's DII
The Las Vegas Slots and Pasadena Rugby are tied for second place with 27 points a piece following a hotly contested match on April 7 earning the Slots a 20-19 win. The Slots led most of the match, but Pasadena scrambled back to take the lead 15-19 deep in the second half. Number 22 Jeruscha Ako scored an 80th minute try for the Slots to nab back the lead and win. First place Old Pueblo Lightening won via forfeit by the Santa Barbara Mermaids. Ventura County Lady Outlaws visited the Fullerton Wolfpack and won 50-24. Third place San Fernando Valley beat San Luis Obispo 77-17.