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Most of the teams in the Pacific Rugby Premiership have three games remaining on their schedule.
But it's significant that two of the teams that still have championship hopes have an extra game to play. That game, Belmont Shore v OMBAC on May 10, could well have a bearing on who plays in the title game in Glendale a week later.
This coming weekend, the top two teams, Glendale and SFGG, have opportunities to take that final game out of the equation.
Glendale visits OMBAC in San Diego. All the Raptors need to get a single standings point to clinch a spot in the final - a close loss or four tries will do. OMBAC, meanwhile is one of those teams with an extra game to play, but really needs to win to keep the pressure on.
The best path for OMBAC to make the championship game is to win their remaining games, and they also need SFGG to lose twice.
OMBAC should have their flyhalf, Zach Pangelinan, back this week, and Glendale is on the road for the first time for the first time since February 22, a 31-26 loss to SFGG.
Belmont Shore is idle this weekend, and finishes the season with games against SFGG, Olympic Club, and OMBAC. as such they have their fate more securely in their hands than do OMBAC. Shore needs to win all three of their games, and hope SFGG loses to Olympic Club (unlikely, but you never know) or Glendale (more likely).
Denver, after some excellent effort, has fallen just short and at 4-5-1 the Barbarians are now just looking to get over .500. They host Santa Monica, a team that is 1-9 but has lost five of those games by a try or less. Santa Monica's bonus point tally (including five for four tries in a game) shows how competitive the PRP has been.
Olympic Club faces SFGG, with Golden Gate favored. However, Olympic Club has been right there for most of their games. They haven't earned the close-loss bonus points because right at the end of most games they've given up that last try to push them away too far.
But Olympic Club is full capable of beating SFGG. However, if SFGG wins this game, they will be in excellent position, at 8-2, to clinch a place in the final.
They won't clinch it mathematically, but they will be close.
PRP Games this weekend
Glendale at OMBAC
Santa Monica at Denver
Olympic Club at SFGG