LOS ANGELES GODZILLA - MENS DIVISION 4
Although we lacked Dan who went back to Japan last week and Bozho who suffered a car accident, we had many former D1 players and young talented new members and hoped that we should win the game today. With lots of sunshine and the comfortable temperature of 70F, it was a great rugby day.
The game was kicked off at 12:30 PM. Yoshi was the captain today who started as center back. From the beginning, Rebellion’s forwards keep attacking around rucks and mauls together with their muscle man fly half as in the same manner as the previous match. Godzilla knew how to defend these guys now by tackling hard. Godzilla defended well; however, Rebellion scored a try and conversion at 14 minutes (Godzilla 0 – Rebellion 7). Right after this try, Godzilla’s #15 Brice caught the ball in the half line. He ran through the defense with his brilliant steps and made a try in the center. Conversion was made, nobody could catch him! Godzilla tied the game (7-7). Godzilla and Rebellion kept the equation for 20 minutes; however, Godzilla gave away a try at 39 minutes (7 – 12). However, at the last play of the first half, Godzilla #6 Mike ran through the defense and made a try to center. Yoshi made conversion. Godzilla turned around the game at this play (Godzilla 14 – Rebellion 12). Mike just came from UK lately and the newest member of LARC. He knew how to play rugby better than anybody else at the field!
2nd half was started with Rebellion’s try at 42 minutes (Godzilla 14 – Rebellion 17). However, at 47 minutes once again #6 Mike made a try and turned the game around again. Godzilla couldn’t take the advantage of a sin bin by Rebellion. Godzilla gave away two tries subsequently at 15 and 20 minutes (14 – 27). Godzilla #9 Satoshi was injured and #10 Andy replaced him. #12 Yoshi filled in fly half position. Yoshi pointed out that Godzilla played 20 minutes just 7 forward members; no wonder, we couldn’t keep up with Rebellion. #1 Paul, #7 John Yuhas and #8 Zach rushed into the goal line of Rebellion; however, couldn’t score a try. Godzilla further gave away a penalty goal at 69 minutes and a penalty try at 75 minutes with conversion (19 – 37). Godzilla fought back well nevertheless and #15 Brice made his second try of today at 75 minutes. Conversion was made. The game ended with the close score of Godzilla 26 – Rebellion 37.
Although we lost the game today; however, we made tremendous improvement from our game earlier (Godzilla 14 – Rebellion 55) by defending Rebellion’s forward and fly half by hard tackles. We are improving game by game and definitely will defeat Rebellion in the next season!
LOS ANGELES BLUES - MENS DIVISION 3
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the LA Blues faced a Temecula team that would not give up nor rest on it's laurels. Temecula struck first at the 10 minute mark with a converted try. At 20 minutes in, LA's Abe Waziri scored a try and Alfredo Campos posted the conversion to make the score 7-7. A penalty kick by Temecula three minutes later made the score 7-10 in favor of Temecula. The Blues' Morgan O'Keefe struck back two minutes later with a Campos Conversion making the score at the 26th minute of play 14 -10 with a four point Blues advantage. This lead was short lived as Temecula's #10 broke free of several tackles to score for Temecula taking the lead 15-14. Prior to the end of the first half, Israel Fuente received a pass from inside center Bryan Villa and threaded his way down the right sideline to score the go ahead try for LA to make the score LA 19 - Temecula 15 at the half.
LA Blues' Alfredo Campos drew first blood 4 minutes into the second half with a move off the ruck to make the score 24-15 In the next 15 minutes Temecula's #8 & #23 both scored with only one try being converted by their kicker to again take the lead 24-27. At minute 64 Jose Aguilar scored his first try of the season for the Blues to again take the lead 29-27. The next 15 minutes saw Temecula score three unconverted tries to lead LA by 29-42. At the 76th minute Josh Everett bulled his way across the goal line for a Brandon Joseph converted try to bring the Blues within 6 points of Temecula at 36-42. The last two minutes had LA knocking at the Temecula goal line but before we could score again, time was blown up by the referee and we lost the match to a gutsy Temecula side 42 to 36.
This gives the LA Blues Two points (one for 4 tries and 1 for losing by less than 4) in our race for the playoffs and places us solidly in 4th place.
LOS ANGELES RUGBY CLUB - MENS DIVISION 1
A hungry LARC Division 1 side started off the day looking to keep their undefeated record and improve to a 9-0 season against a strong OMBAC side that was looking to prove a point and stop our winning streak. After a shaky start to field a kick LA found themselves backed into their own 5 defending OMBAC in the opening minutes which led to an early penalty opportunity that OMBAC missed just to the left. The ball was cleared out by full back Stuart Sharpe, and after a few plays Mitchell Raisch returned the favor of an early penalty and converted the kick (3-0). In the 21st minute OMBAC would strike and score a converted try (3-7). LA was slow to wake up and get their heads in the game, but after OMBAC’s soft try, LA’s Stuart Sharpe answered back with a try, converted by Mitchell Raisch (10-7). In the 28th minute after some good set piece play and ball movement the ball made its way to the hands of winger Benny Weischedel another try and Mitchell conversion (17-7). With 10 minutes left in the half LA started to pick up momentum and after a strong goal line stand by OMBAC, Captain Kevin Kusiak took it upon himself to pick and go bulldozing over the defense for the final try of the half (22-7).
The second half was a kick-off by LA, with solid defense leading to a turnover and into the hands of reserve player Abe Waiziri in the 53 minute, crossing over for a try (27-7). After kicking for plenty of extra points Mitchell had a great 50 meter break down the sideline and converted his own try (34-7). But he wasn’t done yet, as he would strike back immediately for another unconverted try (39-7). In the 68th minute Tala Gafa scored a Mitchell converted try (46-7). LA’s fitness kept them striking for the rest of the day, forcing OMBAC mistakes almost every time they touched the ball and allowing LA to focus on their set plays. After some forward set pieces, Ryan Campbell strolled through the defense under the sticks for a Mitchell converted try (53-7). In the 78th minute which seemed to be the final plays of the game LA turned the ball over but continued applying pressure forcing another OMBAC mistake—throwing a forward pass that went to ground. The ball was gathered by Nate Heiselt which ran 50 meters to score but would eventually be called back by an accidental whistle on the referee’s behalf. LA would pack down for one last scrum of the game, the forwards continued to do their thing, setting up a final try in the 79th minute by Josh Campbell and converted by Mitchell. Final score (65-7). Man of the match went to Mitchell Raisch