Pacific North Recap: No Surprises as Top Teams Solidify Positioning

Very little movement as we get to the downhill push of the season.

No Surprises as Top Teams Set

Very little movement as we get to the downhill push of the season

Samurai Sportswear Pacific Rugby Premiership

Glendale Merlins travelled to Old Mission Beach Athletic (OMBAC) in an attempt to gain some ground on the middle of the pack.  Glendale came out swinging, with OMBAC answering quickly.  Tied at the half, Glendale again started the next half going up on a penalty kick.  OMBAC would answer toward the end with a penalty kick for PRP’s first draw of the season, 10-10.  Santa Monica Dolphins had their eyes on an upset when they hosted the top seeded Life West Gladiators. A defensive first half showed the Dolphins on top at the half, 11-7.  The second half was more dynamic and Santa Monica took advantage of a Life West yellow card to go up 18-12.  A quick answer by Alex Lopeti put Life west on top for the first time, and they would hold the lead, despite a too little-too late surge by the Dolphins.  The gladiators remain at the top with a 26-29 victory.  Belmont Shore Rugby blanked San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) behind #11 Adam Channel’s 27 individual points.  Channel earned his team a bonus point with tries in the 51-0 rout of SFGG.       

Women’s Division II:

San Jose Seahawks fell short against San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG) in a close one 23-20.  Sacramento Amazons continued their dominance, remaining unbeaten as they hosted Berkeley All Blues D2.  Flanker Gardenia Schaaf had a hat-trick of tries and led the Amazons to a 60-17 decisive victory over the still second place All Blues.

Up north, Portland pigs were hoping for their first win as they hosted Tacoms Sirens.  The sirens proved too strong, and the Pigs could not find an answer to the Siren song, remaining winless in a 0-32 wash.  Budd Bay Bandits took advantage of a late yellow card against the visiting Bend Lady Roughriders, in a come-from-behind win 17-12 to remain in 2nd place.  Oregon Sports Union D2 (ORSU D2) visited Boise United in a defensive battle that saw only one score in the first half. The visitors would pull ahead mid 2nd half and hold to the lead, despite a late try, 10-15.

Men’s Division II:

Santa Rosa Rugby remained unbeaten as they travelled to Life West Gladiators D2, 27-50 while Olympic Club Rugby stayed near the top with a dominating performance over Sacramento Capitals, 55-0.  San Jose Seahawks travelled to San Francisco Golden Gate D2 (SFGG D2) and maintained their pressure in the standings with a formidable win 5-36. Bay Area Baracus remained winless on the road against Diablo Olde Gaels, 58-22.

Tacoma Nomads hosted Portland Pigs, falling to the visitors 12-31, while Valley Kangaroos got bounced by the visiting Eastside Tsunami 3-43. 

Men’s Division III:

Olympic Club Rugby overcame a 31-point deficit to come back and win at home against Napa Valley Rugby 34-31, while  Google Rugby maintained their dominance over hosts Silicon Valley Rugby, 19-62.    Chico Mighty Oaks fell on the road to Redwood Empire 36-31, in a match where the lead changed numerous times. 

Diablo Olde Gaels D3 and Bay Area Baracus played to a draw 31-31, while San Francisco Golden Gate D3 lost at home to San Jose Seahawks D3 20-23.  The Mendocino Steam Donkeys made it two from three as they held on against Jesters Rugby. 

Bend Roughriders demolished Portland Lumberjacks 114-5 behind the 37-point individual effort of #12 Austin Alley.  The Portland Pigs D3 won a closer affair agains the Eugene Stags, going up 19-7.