It was a tight, contentious, and ultimately intriguing day in Northern California HS rugby Saturday.
Jesuit, Danville, and Granite Bay won in the Northern California Premier league, and two had kind of a rough time of it.
Granite Bay moved to 3-0 in the Premier League with a tough 26-19 victory over Mother Lode.
Granite Bay logged an important victory in Rugby NoCal's Premier League this past weekend, defeating the Solo Falcons in a curtain-raiser for the Cal v UBC game.
Playing at Witter Rugby Field was an experience for all of the players, but this was also an important league game for both.
SFGG and Granite Bay battled to a 25-25 tie on Saturday in a game that served a couple of purposes.
For SFGG, the result spelled out some reason for confidence as the league season progresses. Head Coach Tony Wells said he’s getting the culture right and the players are starting to see how much hard work goes into succeeding in Northern California.
It’s not every day that a rugby player scored 35 points in a rugby game, and it was certainly of note that Jon Rogers did so last weekend.
Rogers, who is a smart, savvy back for Granite Bay and also a strong goalkicker, is now one of the leading players on a team hoping to repeat the form that saw the Grizzlies win the Boys HS Club National Championships last year.
Granite Bay opened the team's NorCal Premier account with an impressive 50-8 defeat of Lamorinda Saturday.
The Grizzlies started quickly, with fullback Jon Rogers scoring three tries in the first half.
The Eagle Impact Rugby Academy has named its team to play in the North American International 7s in Salt Lake City this weekend.
See more on the tournament here.
Here are some video interviews from after the Boys HS Club final with the Granite Bay players.
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Granite Bay exacted some measure of revenge and defeated Royal Irish to win the 2016 Boys HS Club national championship Saturday at the Rugby Athletic Center in Charlotte, NC.
The Grizzlies enjoyed a brilliant performance from their deep three of Anthony Wiley, Jon Rogers, and Sam Cusano, and an aggressive defensive performance from everyone.
Jesuit High School and Danville Oaks will meet next week for the Northern California Varsity Premier championship.
Danville defeated Archbishop Riordan in a very difficult game 37-13. Danville was favored to win but got a stern contest from Riordan. It was much, much closer in the other semifinal, as Jesuit just defeated Granite Bay by the score of 26-24.
Our Player of the Week this week is Andrew Smith.
In a week where Granite Bay launched itself into the national conversation with an emphatic defeat of the Solo Falcons, Smith was perhaps the best of several great performances.
“He was clutch in every phase of the game,” said Head Coach Jason Divine.
Granite Bay shook up the Northern California Premier Varsity league yet again as the Grizzlies shocked the Solo Falcons 64-7 Saturday.
Solo had entered the game undefeated, having beaten, Danville, among others, to get to that points.
But in a much-anticipated clash at Bonney Field in Sacramento, Granite Bay slammed the Falcons 64-7.