The reigning champions enjoyed a stellar, but not faultless, first season with a 9 – 3 record, defeating the Glendale Raptors in a heart stopper, down to the last play, final 39 – 38.
SFGG began their preseason training campaign last week and intend to have the squad working together throughout December and January in preparation for the beginning of the PRP season on January 31 as they face old SF City rivals, Olympic Club in what is always a hotly contested local derby game.
An interesting preseason match up will see the PRP Champions take on the Collegiate D1 A Champions in St Marys College. SFGG will be looking to level out the playing books after a heavy defeat last year.
SFGG has retained the bulk of its Championship winning squad. Expect to see the long established and incredibly effective (destructive) back line partnership of Volney Rouse, Mile Pulu and Samisoni Pone return with the Championship game MVP Tai Enosa filling in at fullback. A back line addition to watch out for will be former USA Sevens Eagle Jack Halalilo. Things remain mostly unchanged up front as the whole forward pack returns for 2015; they will be looking to develop further the hard edge that created the platform for the SFGG backs to strike so effectively from.
However there will be one key name missing from the team sheet this season; long standing captain Mose Timoteo made the move to Colorado leaving behind the no.9 jersey and captaincy. Joey Reavey from SMC has long been labelled as the young prodigy; will finally now have his time to shine as he moves from one Championship winning team to another.
Expect to see SFGG continue to play the style of rugby that they have made their own; a fast paced attack based around strong handling skills with a solid defensive game that has blossomed over the last few seasons keeping most teams to a minimum.
Stay tuned as later this week, SFGG delivers some exclusive, breaking news about their 2015 coaching staff.