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Glendale has taken a strangle hold over the PRP after defeating OMBAC on a last minute penalty and an 18-16 win over the southern California side. With SFGG winning over Santa Monica, and Belmont Shore falling to previously winless Olympic Club, Glendale has all but clinched a spot in the PRP final.
Glendale remains perfect in league thanks to a tremendous effort this past weekend. After trailing 10-0 thanks to a penalty and a try from Zach Pangelinan, the Raptors cut the lead in half with a try. After another penalty from OMBAC, Justin Pauga dotted down and with the conversion the Raptors trailed 13-12. The score would remain this way until after the break.
“We had a bit of a wake up call at halftime. We said alright guys, we have got a game on our hands and we had to crawl our way into the second half,” said Glendale coach Andre Snyman.
The Raptors took the lead with a penalty and after a back and forth half OMBAC retook the lead with a penalty. OMBAC held the lead until the final moments but a penalty in front of the posts gave Glendale a last second victory.
“It was a really close game and could have gone either way. They played really well…It was a really good game to watch,” Snyman added.
The Raptors are in the drivers seat, sitting two games ahead of 2nd place OMBAC. With the San Diego side and Belmont Shore losing, SFGG got new life in the campaign. The Rhinos have three losses but will play OMBAC in several weeks time. That match could determine the second team that goes to the final.
However, with the Pro League starting in several weeks, the PRP may be thrown on its head. Glendale will lose anywhere from 5 to 11 players per week and will need some younger guys to step up. OMBAC has several players slated to play pro while SFGG will only lose a one. With the player impact, and still a handful of games left, the race to the final is still open.