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NorCal Update: SFGG, Marin, and Granite Bay

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NorCal Update: SFGG, Marin, and Granite Bay

Granite Bay rolls. David Barpal photo.

There's a long list of solid teams in Northern California, and there seem to be few easy games, but at the same time, all eyes seem to be on Granite Bay and De La Salle at the top.

This week, SFGG once again produced a solid result, beating Jesuit of Sacramento 38-17. SFGG's record includes wins over Eastside (Washington), Mother Lode, Danville, Marin, East Palo Alto, and Lamorinda, as well as Jesuit. In those seven wins SFGG's defense has been remarkably consistent, allowing between nine and 19 points, with an average of just over 13 allowed per game. Only Granite Bay, in SFGG's only loss, scored more than 19—the score was 40-21. 

Marin pulled off a small upset, edging Mother Lode 28-26. 

Marin captain Wyatt O'Connor had strong game on defense and recorded several poaches. On attack he ran good lines and was powerful at the the point of contact. His support work was good and he scored one try. Flyhalf James Kellerman directed the attack and used his foot skillfully to turn Mother Lode around several times, and he also scored a try.  Oscar Jordan tallied two and Jonathon Lopez went 4-for-4 on conversions, which proved the difference. At fullback first-year player Harry Pocock made two try-saving tackles and also created chances with his counter-attack, and one of those set up O'Connor for his try.

It was a big win for Marin after a really energizing tour to Italy (with GRR sponsor Irish Rugby Tours). Touring is Back: IRT Takes Marin to Italy

And Granite Bay won big against a big, powerful East Palo Alto team, winning 67-7. EPA tested the Granite Bay defense, but the Grizzlies were too fit and punished EPA penalties. Granite Bay's offense is impressive, with the Grizzlies averaging just under 49 points per game. Their closest game was against a visiting Tempe squad out of Arizona. Next up for Granite Bay is a tour to Ireland (against with GRR sponsor Irish Rugby Tours). There will be challenging games on that tour, but Head Coach Chris Miller said that while the games are important, they aren't the only thing.

"We're hoping our boys play well but hope these Irish boys expose some of our weaknesses," Miller told GRR. "We as coaches know what [our weaknesses] are and we talk and train about it, but it's another thing to experience it from another team exposing you."

In addition, the team will be, said Miller, to experience another rugby country culture, build team bonding, build depth, and have fun. It could also hone a pretty sharp knife to an even finer edge.