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OMBAC plays Belmont Shore this weekend in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, and they are coming into the game with two very different feelings.
OMBAC beat Santa Monica 29-28 thanks to Zach Pangelinan's try and conversion at the death. Meanwhile Belmont Shore lost to Glendale 36-31 in a game where they fell behind 31-5.
"We saw what that did to Denver when we were able to come out hard on them, and Glendale did it to us," said Belmont Shore captain Ian Carpenter. "We're going to have a hard, soul-searching practice ... and come back out Saturday and show up in the first 40. The guys didn't quit."
Meanwhile Pangelinan had a lot to do with the OMBAC victory, as he kicked four penalties and also got that weinning try and conversion combo.
"The kicking is not a problem for me," said Pangelinan. "I think that's my job, when we put pressure on teams, to make sure we get some reward. I practice a lot on my kicking and my approach, so the idea is to get all the distractions out of my head and just kick it. They came up hard, though! But it was good to get it over."
But, added Pangelinan, defense, teamwork, a tough forward pack, and depth all played a part.
"We had guys come in off the bench and play really well," said the flyhalf. "We've got great dpeth - our DI team is doing really well, too - and that's going to be good for us this season."
Many of the games this weekend have been
Also on tap, Denver plays Santa Monica and SFGG plays Olympic Club. Of those four teams, only SFGG has won a game.
But of the five losses incurred by the other three teams have all been close.
PRP Round 3 games
OMBAC v Belmont Shore
Santa Monica v Denver Barbarians
Olympic Club v SFGG