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Three blowouts highlighted this week’s action in SoCal DI. The San Diego Old Aztecs nearly hit the century mark with a 99-0 thrashing of Santa Monica. Los Angeles defeated Belmont Shore 55-5 and OMBAC remained undefeated with a 64-17 win over Pasadena.
It was all Aztecs against the Dolphins of Santa Monica. San Diego was firing on all cylinders and with Santa Monica lacking depth at the moment, it was a try-scoring bonanza. Winger James Niblock tallied five tries. Two other forwards and two other backs earned multiple tries in the rout.
“It was one of those days where everything clicked,” Jaco Breytenbach told Rugby Today. “We scored tries in everyway possible. Through the forwards, through the backs, to the mauls, it was one of those days where everything came together.”
OMBAC continued its torrid pace, moving to 5-0 on the season. Pasadena is a strong, forward oriented team, so Old Mission Beach looked to exploit the wide channels. Despite struggling with the set piece and in the forward play, OMBAC capitalized through strong back play. Fullback Garrett Jones scored four tries on the afternoon pacing OMBAC.
The San Diego side led 32-0 at halftime and it was 55-0 before Pasadena got on the board. Despite a couple of late tries from Pasadena, OMBAC cruised to a 64-17 victory.
“I was really impressed with our offload ability. Offload support was great today. Nobody made fifty-fifty offloads or questionable passes. It was very selfless rugby today,” said OMBAC captain Darren James.
In the final game of the weekend, Los Angeles battered Belmont Shore to the tune of a 55-5 route. With a number of players in Eagle camps and subsequent roster shuffling, Belmont Shore was outclassed by a very strong Los Angeles side.
“We struggled against LA. Obviously a very good side that has been training together you know as a particular unit,” said Belmont Shore coach Ray Egan. “We were just a little bit loose with our DI. We just were not very good defensively. I think it was lack of communication and a lack of leadership.”
Los Angeles was all over the field and with Belmont Shore fielding three sides, LARC outmatched Shore in all facets of the game.
OMBAC is currently dominating the standings, with double the amount of points than second place. The other teams have a game in hand however, with San Diego and Old Aztecs sitting at 2-1 each.