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Rugby NorCal Latest: Marin, SFGG, and More

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Rugby NorCal Latest: Marin, SFGG, and More

Marin and San Mateo players pose after their game.

There is plenty of rugby still to be played in Rugby NorCal's Boys HS league, but plenty has happened already.

We already pointed out that Granite Bay and Danville tied 26-26—Top HS Clubs Tie in NorCal—and that result has kind of thrown the standings into a whirlwind.

Meanwhile, SFGG won a very competitive game against Mother Lode 33-14. The game was much closer, in fact, than the score indicates. About 55 minutes into the contest it was a one-score lead for SFGG before they ran in three late tries. 

"We're not too bad," said Head Coach Tony Wells. "We've got some good athletes and there's still a learning process. We're young. We're a pretty physical group; we've got some skilled players, and they're smart."

Roan O'Connell is an experienced head at flyhalf and is a very dynamic present. 

Captain Jay Murphy has moved to inside center and is a rock in the midfield. 

And Marin defeated a tough San Mateo Wolverines team 38-19 with six tries scored by six different players. Flankers Pearce Gero and Christian Vonk, wing James O’Connor and center Sam Janowsky all scored in the first half as the Highlanders were staked to a 26-7 lead.

Scrumhalf Charlie Vantress and No. 8 Rowe Stodolnic touched down in the second half with flyhalf Ian Ross notching his fourth conversion in the victory. In answer prop Vili Schaumkel, hooker Kautai Faauma, and flanker William Faauma scored tries. No. 8 Nalesoni Fakava was outstanding for the Wolverines, while Ivan Nisa was named best back on the team. 

Marin tighthead prop Oliver Dugan led from the front for the Highlanders and Janowsky was a constant handful to the Wolverines defense.

Granite Bay is 1st in the conference with a 1-0-1 record, but they're not happy with the tie with Danville. Marin has started well and so has SFGG. De La Salle is still in it, Jesuit hasn't played a league game yet. But everyone is still in it.

NorCal Premier W L T PF PA PD BT BL Total
Granite Bay 1 0 1 86 36 50 2 0 8
De La Salle 1 0 0 22 5 17 1 0 5
Marin 1 0 0 38 19 19 1 0 5
SFGG 1 0 0 33 14 19 1 0 5
Mother Lode 1 1 0 27 36 -9 0 0 4
Danville 0 0 1 26 26 0 1 0 3
Jesuit Sacramento 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lamorinda 0 2 0 28 55 -27 0 0 0
Wolverines 0 2 0 29 98 -69 0 0 0