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They may have had to shovel the snow off the field, but they play the game at Infinity Park in Glendale, and the Raptors got to play, and win, at home.
It had been a long time.
"It was great to finally have a home game and get to play in front of our friends, family, and fans," said Glendale captain Zach Fenoglio, who led his squad to a 59-19 defeat of Santa Monica, the first real lopsided victory of the Pacific Rugby Premiership season. "It was a great win for us to start off our home stand and I felt we really stuck to our pattern well."
The game was hotly contested in the first half, and Fenoglio said he and the Raptors didn't feel like they were running away with it.
"We were making quite a few mistakes," said the USA hooker. "But we made some adjustments at halftime and found a groove in the second half. Santa Monica is a very tough and talented side and we know it will be a tough battle when we head out to their turf. It was encouraging, though, to see us a play a full 80 minutes and not let off the gas like we have in the first few games."
This wasn't a perfect performance by Glendale, and, in truth, the PRP performances as a whole have been imperfect - that's why the league was formed, after all, to help players and teams improve. Glendale hosts OMBAC this coming weekend, and Fenoglio said the team needs to be more disciplined.
"We still were making quite a few unnecessary penalties that hindered our attack," said the Raptors captain. "Our defense was pretty solid but we started off the game with something like nine missed tackles in the first ten minutes. That simply cannot happen. We were lucky that didn't result in a massive deficit to start off the game. Credit to the boys for getting stuck back in and making a statement going forward. Overall, I am very pleased with our start to the season and know we have only just started to see our potential."