The Pacific Coast cruised to a 38-0 win over the South during the quarterfinals of the women's National All Star 7s Championship. The Grizzlies will face the winner of MARFU v Northeast.
The South was scrappy and forced the Pacific Coast to work for the tries they dotted down, but the Grizzlies controlled the pace of the game and ran in six tries. The Gardner sisters teamed up for three tries, two from Irene, one from Elaine, who joined the squad late last night and injected some fresh legs onto the pitch. Kelly Griffin led on points scored, dotting down a try and slotting three conversions. San Juanita Moreno and Nathalie Marchino also scored tries.
"We're building toward what we expect to see later in the day," Pacific Coast coach Brandon Sparks said. "In the second half, we worked on pull-outs, keeping the ball away from the tackle and moving it away from traffic. We also wanted to keep our ruck count below seven. We had eight, so we did a good job."
Sparks had a difficult time singling out a standout player for the match, and tipped his hat to Griffin, Elaine Gardner and Cabrera for their typically solid performances.
"We're lucky to have such a good team," Sparks said. "Everyone has a job, everyone has a role, and they do it, and everyone benefits. As corny as this coaching cliche is, it's hard to single anyone out, because it was a team win."
Corny or not, the Pacific Coast is playing some solid team rugby and are looking good to advance deep into the tournament.
Pacific Coast 38
Tries: Moreno, I. Gardner 2, Griffin, E. Gardner, Marchino
Cons: Griffin 3, E. Gardner