Pacific North Playoffs Continued Through the Weekend

Teams continue to fight for survival in Pacific North's Playoffs.

Samurai Sportswear Pacific Rugby Premiership
This week's only PRP game showed Life West Gladiators attempting to play the late-season spoiler against visiting San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG).  SFGG is on a red-hot streak in the wake of last week's must win domination of Old Mission Beach Athletic (OMBAC).  The game seemed to never get going, as both teams bolstered their defense when necessary, not letting the other gain any momentum.  SFGG scored first at the 25 minute mark, with Life West answering a few minutes later.  The half closed with both teams knotted up at just 7 apiece.  SFGG knew they needed this win in order to be a contender at the top, and that determination showed when flanker Matangi Tonga scored right away in the second half,  Again, Life West were able to answer and brought the score back to even at 12.  At the 60 minute mark, #8 Akuila Uaisele scored the go ahead try (his second of the contest) and Colby Stevens was able to add the conversion.  Life West had the opportunity to immediately answer, but opted for a safe penalty kick as a response.  In the stratagem that is rugby, it is a gamble to answer 7 points with 3, and that gamble proved to be fatal to Life West as Matangi Tonga scored his second try at 73 minutes, sealing the victory for SFGG 15-26.  This win completes the trinity atop the PRP at 34 points, with all three teams on the road for round 10.      

Northern California Men's Division II
The final between SFGG D2 and San Jose Seahawks was on the ticket as the one to watch.  The Seahawks bested SFGG in a defensive battle 25-22 for the NCRFU Division II title.  The will "host" PNRFU DII champions Eastside Tsunami at Treasure Island this coming Saturday.    

Northern California Women's Division II
In the championship match for the second division of Northern California's women's rugby, the Sacramento Amazons triumphed over the Berkeley All Blues D2 36-24. The game got out of hand early for the Blues as they gave up 26 unanswered points to the Amazons in the first half hour. While, the All Blues made an impressive attempt at a comeback, ultimately, the Amazons' large lead was just too big for the All Blues to overcome.

Northern California Men's Division III
The Division III championship in Northern California was settled in a battle of Division III A rivals, as Colusa County hosted the Diablo Olde Gaels. It was a rematch of the top two teams in the pool this year. While, in their first match against each other it was Colusa who won, this time things would be a bit different. The game started off in a tug-of-war fashion as there were three lead changes inside the first 20 minutes. However, when the Olde Gaels scored twelve unanswered points just before heading into the break, it provided them  with the buffer they needed and they never looked back. The final score Diablo 46, Colusa County 25.

Pacific Northwest Men's Division IV
In the Pacific Northwest's 4th division they played two semi finals this weekend. Seattle came out on top 14-12 in the first fixture, while Budd Bay had a high scoring game of Cat and Mouse against Portland Pigs D3. Ultimately, Budd Bay came out on top 43-34.