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Belmont Shore cemented their place at the top of Southern California’s DI club league with a 35-7 defeat of a very solid Santa Monica team.
While Shore was down 7-5 at halftime, they torched the Dolphins for 31 points in the second half. Head Now at 3-0, Shore is a good eight points ahead of every team except OMBAC.
“I think we changed a few things in defense which allowed us to make more dominant tackles which created more turnover opportunities,” said Belmont Shore Head Coach Ray Egan of his team’s halftime adjustments. “We executed our counter attack better and improved our work rate to get back onto the ball.”
Still, the coach isn’t settled.
“We are improving each week but we are still making basic errors which cost us points,” Egan told RUGBYMag.com. “We capitalized on Santa Monica's errors, which was the difference, ultimately. The score didn't reflect how close the game really was. A bounce of the ball could have changed the game completely but we are delighted with the result.”
And it didn’t hurt that Peter Sio’s cover tackling kept Santa Monica contained early on.
Shore also got big games from center Ed Pitts, scrumhalf Andrew Mase, and No. 8 Peter Dahl.
“We had some very good performances which led the team victory,” Egan said.
But it is only three games in. There are seven weeks left in the season. But if this week is any indication, Belmont Shore can turn around close games in a hurry.