Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The former wallaby comes back in the starting XV to face the impressive Sharks.

Right call for Tony McGahan, and I don't say this just for my Toulouse allegiance, but because Luke gives more order and physicality to the Rebels, both in the defensive and attacking phases. His passing is more precise than Nic Stirzaker’s and he tends to combine better with flyhalf Bryce Hegarty.
Nic will be a good player to come in from the bench, when body’s will be inevitably tiered after playing against the strong South Africans.

I’m also pleased to see two Footscray Bulldogs aligned players in the starting XV in Cadeyrn Neville and debutant Cruze Ah-Nau.

Furthermore the Rebels will once again have 2 Brave Blossoms from the first whistle, Shota Horie and Male Sau, a confirm that Japanese rugby is on the rise.

The match against the table leading Sharks will be a very difficult one and arguably the biggest challenge for the Rebels this year. The team had a week rest after the remarkable win against the red hot Western Force and this could be double edged sword in many cases.

In my opinion the match is not completely out of reach of the Rebels, yes the Sharks lost only two matches, one of those last week, and their line-up is full of Springboks, but this will be the first match outside of his own shores for Jack White’s team. This year the other travelling South Africans have had pretty ordinary showings on the road, with their first overseas game of a series of four the Sharks will have to prove themselves as number one Chief’s successors candidates

The Rebels team announced:

15 Jason Woodward 
14 Male Sau
13 Tamati Ellison
12 Mitch Inman 
11 Tom English
10 Bryce Hegarty
9 Luke Burgess
8 Scott Higginbotham (C)
7 Scott Fuglistaller
6 Colby Fainga'a
5 Luke Jones
4 Cadeyrn Neville
3 Laurie Weeks
2 Shota Horie

1 Cruze Ah-Nau

Reserves: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Paul Alo-Emilie, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Tom Kingston, 23 Angus Roberts

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

With a win against their only possible contenders for the second place, Golden Gate books a ticket to the final.

It was 10 - 8 at half time for Belmont Shore, but the visitors managed a remarkable comeback in the second half to win by 12 points and ensure they'll play Glendale in the inaugural final of the Pacific Rugby Premiership.
The two teams will face each other next week in a sort of warm up game offered by the calendar and then face off in the final on May 17th at Infinity Park.
Interesting to see which choices will the coaching staffs make for next week, the dilemma will be play the best XV, keeping the momentum but giving away some hints on own strengths and weaknesses or play some second line players and rest the best ones.

In the other two games the Raptors kept on their good form with a win at Santa Monica, the dolphins unable once again to convert a good showing in a win, and OMBAC overcame Olympic Club in a good fought game.

The results:
OMBAC - Olympic Club 46 - 39 
Santa Monica - Glendale Raptors 31 - 42 
Belmont Shore - SFGG 15 - 27 

Next week games:

OMBAC - Denver Barbarians - 3pm PST 
Olympic Club - Belmont Shore - 3pm PST 
Glendale Raptors - SFGG - 3pm MST 
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New Jumper and new shoreline for the doggies today.

Daisuke Yamada sporting the new jumper - photo 22metri
Boosted by Rebels Caderyn Neville and Cruze Ah-Nau the doggies have scored their first win of the season in an impressive way against Power House today.
The host have dominated the game in almost every aspect, leaving the visitors the crumbles in the dying minutes of the game.
Footscray put early pressure on the visitors but wasn't able to score, Imo missed a penalty kick from 40 meters and the territorial dominance wasn't giving any points, until second rower Williams found the right hole in a since then composed Power House defence. Imo slotted the conversion for the 7 - 0 deserved lead.
The floodgates opened after that and the doggies were able to score other 2 majors before half time.
Indicative of Power House bad day was the third score. With an easy penalty in front of the posts Power House decided to play at hand, lost the ball at the breakdown and saw the doggies cover the complete field to score a try with Rebel Cruze Ah-Nau.
In the second half the tone didn't changed, with Footscray and Rebel Neville on the rampage. The backrower, today at inside flank, scored 3 tries in the second half showing both power and positioning. In-between hi scores flyhalf Imo, who was pretty accurate from the tee and combined very well with scrum half Yamada to feed the backs with quality balls, broke the line of the visitors to score under the sticks.
Ahead 45 - 0 the doggies eased the pressure and Power House scored twice to sweeten a bit an hard day in the Scray.
Several Rebels were in attendance, with Bryce Hegarty, Colby Fainga'a assistance coach Matt Cockbain on the sideline and former Rebels Cooper Vuna spinning the records at the very successful  'ladies day' tent.
A scrum in dying moments of the game - photo 22metri

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