Chula Vista, Calif. – Glendale Rugby Football Club continued their march to the Final 4 on Saturday as they beat the Austin Blacks 61-10 in a very physical encounter.
Glendale RFC proved that structured play wins the game as they stuck to their game plan and focused on executing their moves with precision.
Austin Blacks came out at the start of the game with a determined intensity and ferocity which was soon rewarded with a try by their lock Matt Lytle. However the try went unconverted and that was all Glendale RFC needed to waken the juggernaut and a try fest ensued.
Flanker Mike Kenyon blocked a kick by Austin Blacks inside their 22 in the 5th minute and quickly snapped up the ownerless ball to cross the try line for Glendale’s first points of the match. Wing Dewon Reed, followed Kenyon’s try with three of his own of which one was attributed to a brilliant 50 m solo sprint by prop Pieter Botha who ran out of steam with 5 meters to go and gave Reed the opportunity to score his hat trick of tries. Center Tyler Siegel’s boot could do no wrong on a day when it was needed most and aside from missing the first try conversion of the game, he was spot-on with his kicking of the other 8 tries scored. Along with a try in the opening minutes of the second half, Siegel was responsible for 21 points of Glendale’s score total.
Iniki Fa’amausili, playing on the wing, had his opportunity to use his young legs in the 42nd minute and after receiving a quick pass from Siegel, he raced over the try line to ensure that the half time score of 33-5 in Glendale RFC’s favor was a solid position for Glendale to commence the second half with.
Austin Blacks commenced the second half with their very physical play up front and their strong running No 12, Levi Kereti, continued to be problematic to Glendale. However, Glendale powered on with their disciplined play and this seemed to unravel Austin Blacks defense which allowed, in the 63rd minute, Glendale lock Colby Knepp, to receive the ball off of Reed, who had gathered it from a turnover ball and the speedy lock crossed the line to widen the score margin to 47-5.
Glendale’s hooker, who had moved to flanker in the second half, Stan Moaalii, was next up to add points to the scoreboard and Glendale’s last points of the game came from flanker Spencer Scott, who broke through Austin’s defense and dotted down between the posts in the last 7 minutes of the game.
As the game drew to a close, Austin Blacks, reserve fullback No. 23, Justin Evans, charged over the line to ensure that the Blacks hit double digits on the scoreboard.
Glendale now progress to the Final 4 to be played at their home field, Infinity Park, in Glendale, Colorado, June 2-3, 2012. They will face Palmer College in the ssemi final. Glendale RFC walk away from the Round of 16 with only 29 points scored against them and 111 points in their favor.
Half time Score:
GRFC : 33
Austin Blacks : 5
Tries: Kenyon, Reed (3), Fa,amausili, Siegel, Knepp, Moaalii, Scott
Try Conversions: Siegel (8)
AUSTIN BLACKS 5
Tries: Lytle, Evans