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San Francisco Golden Gate U19s and Jesuit both won Friday evening to set up
a Northern California U19/HS final Saturday in Morgan Hill, Calif.
Jesuit edged San Mateo 20-12 in a tough game, while SFGG won 38-15 over Hayward.
“We defended really well,” said SFGG Coach Tony Wells. “They had the ball for the first 15 minutes … really couldn’t do anything with it. Then before halftime we were able to score acouple of tries and we were away.”
Hayward pressed late, and committed a few penalties, which allowed SFGG to boot the ball downfield and give the young Griffins a long field to play with. Hayward managed to score three times later in the game, but SFGG led comfortably.
Newcomer Konstantin Rehbein took a big step forward in the match, even though he has only been playing for a few weeks. Danny Lalor, No. 8 Nic Grass, hooker Conor Hurley and 15-year-old prop Kevin Sullivan all played well for the Golden Gate team.
As for Jesuit, it was an uncharacteristically close game for them against a big, imposing San Mateo squad.
"San Mateo was large and athletic, well coached and motivated," said Jesuit Head Coach John Shorey.
The game was deadlocked for most of the match.
"San Mateo frustrated our wide attack," explained Shorey.
San Mateo took the lead late in the second half, but Jesuit scored with three minutes to go, and added another try at full time to finish off a tense, well-played encounter.