SFGG in green, St. Mary's in stripes. Michael Geib photos.
St. Mary’s completed their fall 15s warm-ups with a victory over a San Francisco Golden Gate 15 this past weekend.
In an entertaining match, the Gaels won 39-31. Leading 31-27 SFGG had a chance to kick for goal to possibly put the game away, but opted instead to go for the try. St. Mary’s turned the ball over and eventually scored, adding another try moments later.
It was a spirited exhibition match and while SFGG ran out some experienced players, St. Mary’s Head Coach Tim O’Brien said the result shouldn’t cause fans to read too much into it.
“It was a preseason runaround for both teams, and pretty competitive,” said O’Brien, who dressed 55 of his 67 players for action this weekend. “[SFGG Coach] Paul Keeler always puts up a good team to test us. We played against what is, in my opinion, the best halfback combination in the country, in Mose Timoteo and Volney Rouse. Playing against players like that changes the dynamics of the game. I wish we could play with a team like that every weekend.”
Rouse also is on the St. Mary’s staff as their strength and conditioning coach. As a result the St. Mary’s players got quite a kick out of playing against one of their staff.
St. Mary’s got their part, has a strong SFGG connection. O’Brien said nine of his current roster played rugby for SFGG as youths.