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The League is stratifying in the PRP after three weeks, with traditional powerhouses Glendale and SFGG both earning convincing victories. OMBAC moved to 2-1, overcoming a feisty Olympic Club side for a 37-17 victory.
The Glendale Raptors have been firing on all cylinders in the 2016 campaign. This weekend was no different as the Raptors cruised to a 52-0 victory over Santa Monica.
The Raptors evenly distributed their points, jumping out to a 26-0 halftime lead. Armandt Peens distributed the ball well from his flyhalf position and along with some tactical kicking, kept Glendale in great shape. Martin Knoetze earned two tries in the first half and got the hat trick at the start of the second half.
“It is great when the forwards set the platform and give the backs the ball and space to run into and hopefully score tries,” said Glendale coach Andre Snyman.
While Glendale has been impressive on offense, its defensive performance has been equally impressive.
“That was one of our goals. This last week the whole training session we worked on our defensive structures. We really want to focus this year on our defense,” added Snyman. “It has been working well. The boys have bought into the new pattern or the new structure that we are trying to implement.”
Golden Gate stayed even with Glendale by beating the Denver Barbarians 36-7. The Rhinos scored three tries in the first quarter of the game. Denver settled into the match after the first 20, but failed to get on the scoreboard until the second half.
Former New Mexico Highlands standout Kevon Williams inched Denver closer with a try midway through the second half. San Francisco, however, exploded in the final ten minutes for three tries to run away with the match.
“It was a good game. We ended up getting a few scores late in the game but it was pretty tight all the way through,” SFGG coach Neil Foote said in a post game press conference.“
The final game of the weekend saw OMBAC nip past Olympic Club. O Club continues to remain competitive but struggles to get that elusive first win this season.
It looked at first like it would be a long day for Olympic as Zach Pangelinan touched down in the 8th minute. Luke Horgan and Nicholas Zajda scored tries for OMBAC towards the end of the first half to take a 15-0 lead and it appeared to be running away with the match. Zajda, who normally plays on the division one side, turned some heads this weekend.
“He came off the bench and had a really good game,” said OMBAC captain Ian Denham. “I think he played himself into the 23 next week.”
Olympic Club struck back, however, through Paul Deneys. With the conversion, Old Mission Beach led 15-7 going into the break. The teams traded penalties to start the second half and a John Gallo try for Olympic Club cut the lead to 18-17 with less than a quarter of the game remaining.
“There was a time at 18-17 where O Club really had their tails up. There was a phase where it could have gone either way,” added Denham.
It was all OMBAC in the final period, though, with Oliver L’Estrange tallying two tries and Kalei Konrad putting the exclamation on the game with a try of his own.
Glendale and SFGG will meet in a showdown of undefeated teams next weekend.