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The Los Angeles Rugby Club is in a commanding position in the Southern California DI league after beating Belmont Shore 45-14 to move to 8-0.
Tala Gafe, Stuart SHarpe, Josh Calistro, Chris Sweeny, George Kongaika, Mitch Raisch, and Deion Reed all touched down for LA. The result all but clinched Southern California for Los Angeles. Only if LA loses their final two games and San Diego wins all their remaining matches can Los Angeles be caught.
In Northern California, it's all to play for still after Santa Rosa LOST to Sacramento in a wild one 40-36. The 7-1 Lions retain 1st.
In Texas, New Orleans won a close one against the Austin Blacks 15-12, while the Dallas Reds won big (55-17 over the Dallas Harlequins. These are the two teams who will likely lead the conference.
"We were sub-par tactically and failed to execute," said New Orleans Head Coach Trip McCormick. "I guess we underestimated them, and they came to play."
In the Midwest, play resumed with one game. Kansas City hammered Palmer 54-11 to move past Columbus into 2nd behind Metropolis.
In the Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk won a nailbiter 24-20 over Baltimore-Chesapeake to stay in 1st place and eliminate Baltimore. Norfolk has essentially clinched 1st in the MAC.
And in the Northeast, play resumed with three New York teams beating three teams from New England. NYAC blanked Boston 26-0 (possibly 24-0), White Plains overcame Mystic River 14-8 , while New York Old Blue defeated Middlesex 75-34.
Mike St. Clair and Derek Lipscomb each scored three for Old Blue and prop Josh Williams added two in the rout. Flyhalf James Bird added 30 points on his own.
Middlesex wing Mike Spiro No. 8 Jared Martinelli scored two each.
White Plains moved to 2-7-1 with a close win over Middlesex. And NYAC improved to 9-0 with a shutout of Boston. Debuting in a league game for NYAC was former Dartmouth and Cambridge University lock Nate Brakeley, who took all of 15 minutes to get a yellow card.
NYAC were two men down for eight minutes as Al McFarland was also sin-binned. But NYAC defended well and that set the tone for the rest of the game. Derek Asbun made his debut for NYAC.
Additional reporting from New England DI Roundup.