GRR: Southern California
One of the big developments in Southern California's school-team seasons is the easing of the division between the SoCal Youth Rugby teams and the SCIRF teams, and that has led to a big game Tuesday night in the San Diego area.
As always the Storer Classic provides some important preseason rugby for teams in the West, and this year did not disappoint.
There were several solid showings with SOC Raptors, Marin, Carlsbad, and Layton Christian all producing some good results. Atop all of those was Belmont Shore, which ended the weekend 3-0.
Carlsbad won big in their first game of the New Year in the Southern California school league, defeating San Clemente 52-12.
The game itself felt a lot closer than the score might indicate—San Clemente did well to test the Carlsbad defense and did find gaps to exploit.
High school rugby is already on the slate this first weekend in January.
Southern California and North Carolina jump right back into competition and we'll see a couple more leagues get into the fray soon.
In North Carolina South Meck leads the way and is likely favored over Providence Friday night.
Southern California HS teams have been testing each other out before the Christmas break to get themselves prepped for the regular season ahead.
That regular season kicks off really soon—the first weekend in January in fact—so there isn't much time for these teams to get themselves up to speed.