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SoCal DI saw a shakeup at the top of the standings this past weekend. The San Diego Old Aztecs knocked off previously undefeated OMBAC 42-12 to move to the top of the table. Belmont Shore returned to the win column with a 57-11 victory over Pasadena and Los Angeles received a forfeit victory over Las Vegas.
Due to some logistics issues, Downtown Las Vegas did not leave Nevada until 6AM Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the team bus broke down in Bakersfield and Los Vegas never made it to the game.
Belmont Shore reentered the win column with a 57-11 victory over Pasadena. Pasadena has struggled this season dealing with injuries, and it was no easier this week. Shore led 24-6 at halftime and was in command through the match. Belmont pulled away with a solid second stanza. Winger Greg Daniels netted three tries and a host of others dotted down in the convincing victory.
“It was a very complete performance,” said Belmont Shore coach Ray Egan. “We had a much better result from last week.”
In the most intriguing game of the weekend, San Diego defeated local rival OMBAC. The Aztecs started fast and were up 40-0 at halftime. The second half was much more even with OMBAC actually winning the half. However, it was too late for Old Mission Beach as the Aztecs won comfortably 45-12.
“We kind of played all the rugby in the first half and we lost some momentum in the second half,” said Old Aztecs captain Jaco Breytenbach. “In the first half our structure was working really well and the forwards were really making good carries. The forwards were getting us on the front foot and making good go forward ball.”
The Aztecs used the strong forward play to set up a platform for the backs to score tries. Nick Murray at number 8 came off the back of the scrum. The set piece play worked extremely well for the Aztecs leading to an equal number backs and forwards tries.
With the win, the Aztecs avenged an early season loss to their rivals and moved into first place.
“We were very happy. In the first one they convincingly beat us so we just wanted to step up. We were really happy to win one of the local rivalry games. It is a good rivalry. They are a very strong team and we respect them a bunch,” concluded Brytenbach.