Preseason Recap: Olympic Club, OMBAC, Santa Monica Win

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Articles via This Is American Rugby

Olympic Club beat Central Washington

Tucked away in Ellensburg, Washington the Central Washington Wildcats have been slowly getting ready for a run at this years Varsity Cup title match. The drive toward accomplishing that goal began this last weekend as their gained experience in a 19-15 loss to Pacific Rugby Premiership side Olympic Club. For Olympic Club it was their last opportunity to get in a match before the start of the PRP season.

CWU were the first on the board despite their winter rust as Vili Toluta’u scored. A penalty from Scott Dean would put the Wildcats up 8-0. However, not having played a game outdoors in awhile caught up with them as Colin Hawley would score a try and Jake Anderson hitting a penalty to make it 8-8 at halftime.

In the second half Carl Hendrickson would score for Olympic Club followed by another Anderson penalty to lead 16-8. The Wildcats made it close a little later when Dom Lindstrom was able to break away for a try with Dean converted. Still, the experience of Olympic Club won out in the end with another penalty from Anderson sealing the match at 19-15.

SoCal Teams Win

Both OMBAC and Santa Monica continued their preparations for the start of the PRP season this weekend with wins in DI. Santa Monica faced up against Los Angeles 31-24. PRP star Harry Bennett played a big role for the Dolphins with a number of conversions. Noah Trotter started the scoring for Santa Monica but was quickly replied by Rory Mallabum for LA. Bennet would restore the advantage with a try before LA went on a run with tries from Jose Valadez and Joshua Sowa as well as a penalty from Mallabum. Those tries gave them a 24-12 advantage with about 15 minutes to go. However, relying on their experience tries from Bennett, Trotter, and Philip Lydeard, gave the Dolphins the comeback win.

OMBAC had a relatively easy time with Downtown. From the start OMBAC were able to put up two tries before Downtown scored. In the second half OMBAC continued to push ending up with a 24-16 win. OMBAC also beat Tempe 46-15.

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