June 28, 2016 - Professional Rugby Organization (PRO Rugby)
San Francisco 20 at Ohio 71
The Ohio Aviators continue to display spectacular rugby on their home pitch in Obetz. Sunday proved to be a record-setting day for the Aviators as they scored 71 points - the most ever in a PRO Rugby game.
Former collegiate football players, Spike Davis and Alex Elkins, are taking advantage of their size on the wing. The duo produced three tries in the first half, and combined have 14 tries on the season.
Forwards Pierce Dargan (OH), Sebastian Kalm (OH) and Filippo Ferrarini (OH) all crossed over the line right after the half, putting the game out of reach. Shaun Davies and Robbie Shaw made 8 out of 11 conversions on the day.
For the Rush, Volney Rouse once again showed off his impressive boot, getting the visitors off to an early lead. Jack O\'Hara (SF) made the play of the day when he scampered down the touchline for an 80-meter breakaway try.
With the win, Ohio moves into first place and will welcome the San Diego Breakers back East next week. San Francisco will host the Sacramento Express.
Tries: Davis (2), Elkins, Dargan, Kalm (2), Ferrarini, Malcolm, Fawsitt, Harajly, Waldouck
Conversions: Davies (4), Shaw (4)
San Francisco- 20
Tries: Penalty Try, O\'Hara
Conversions: Rouse (2)
Penalties: Rouse (2)
Discipline: Yellow Card
Sacramento 13 at Denver 29
The Sacramento Express returned to action on Sunday against the Denver Stampede. From the opening kickoff, you could tell that the heat was getting to the players. Will Magie (DEN) and Mirco Bergamasco (SAC) traded penalties early on leaving the score tied at 3-3.
In the 28th minute, Lynton Mare (DEN) received a sublime touch-pass from Pedrie Wannenburg (DEN) to put the home side up 8-3. However, the Express would edge ahead right before the half. Kyle Sumsion took the 8-man pick off the scrum and nudged his way over the line for the try. Sacramento led 10-8 at the half.
The Stampede stormed out of the break with an impressive maul from 5 meters out and Wannenburg touched it down. Magie and Bergamasco once again each converted a penalty, making the score 16-13 Denver with twenty minutes to play.
Costly mistakes.from the Express led to Will Magie putting two more penalties through the posts. A second try from the Springbok, Wannenburg, secured Denver\'s seventh win of the season.
Denver will take advantage of their upcoming bye week to recover. Their next match will be at home on July 10th against the San Diego Breakers. Sacramento will look to pick up another win against the Rush next week in San Francisco.
Tries: Mare, Wannenburg (2)
Penalties: Magie (4)
Discipline: Turnbull (YC)
Penalties: Bergamasco (2)
Ohio 6-3 BP: 8 Points: 32
Denver 7-1 BP: 3 Points: 31
San Diego 4-4 BP: 7 Points: 23
San Francisco 2-6 BP: 4 Points 12
Sacramento 1-6 BP: 1 Points: 5
NEXT PRO Rugby Matches:
San Diego Breakers (4-4) at Ohio Aviators (6-3)
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 at 3:00pm ET at Memorial Park in Obetz, OH.
Sacramento Express (1-6) at San Francisco Rush (2-6)
Sunday July 3rd, 2016 at 3pm PT at Boxer Stadium in San Francisco, CA.
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