Pacific South Recap: Teams Avenge Regular Season Losses

Despite losing to their opponents earlier in the season, teams made the most of their rematches this weekend.

Men’s Division I:

Belmont Shore and Life West Gladiators faced each other for the third time this season in the Pacific Rugby Premiership Championship Game. Belmont escaped to an early lead, and it looked as if the men from Long Beach were on their way to their third straight win against the Gladiators. After 24 minutes the Gladiators trailed, 24-5. However, two tries in two minutes made the margin more stomach-able. Belmont added a penalty before the half to enter the sheds up, 27-15.  The second half took a while to find its feet, but when it did Life West ran away with it. In the final 25 minutes, the Gladiators outscored Belmont Shore, 21-0. The come from behind win securing Life West’s place in the National semifinal.

Third place went to Old Mission Beach Athletic Club after they were able to beat Glendale handily, 50-24.


Men’s Division II:

The first seed met the second seed in the Pacific South Men’s Division II championship game, as the Ventura County Outlaws met the San Diego Old Aztecs for the first time since the opening round of the season. On that occasion only one point separated the two sides, this time the margin was significantly wider. The first half of the match was a slow affair, the first try came in the first six minutes, courtesy of San Diego’s Mapa Tuipulotu. Ventura answered with a drop goal in the 17th minute before Tuipulotu got his second in the 36th. At the half the Old Aztecs held the lead, 10-3. The first 12 points of the second half went to the Old Aztecs giving them a 22-3 lead. The Outlaws secured one more try before the match ended, but it wasn’t enough, as San Diego booked their spot in the national playoffs, 22-8.


Men’s Division III:

The men’s Division III title was never in doubt when the winner of the Southern California competition, Kern County, met the winner of the Arizona/New Mexico competitions, Phoenix Rugby. Kern County emerged victorious, 43-15 and will advance to Nationals. With the win, Kern County is in Nationals in their second year at the Division III level, after going 2-6 last year.