Old Puget Sound Beach showed they are a force to be reckoned with whether they have all of their top players or not, as they defeated the Chicago Griffins 57-5 in Chicago Saturday.
Despite playing without Andrew Durutalo and Mike Palefau (who, along with former Beach player Nu’u Punimata played for, and scored for, the USA 7s team today in Scotland), OPSB ran rampant against a tough, physical OPSB team.
The teams tested each other for the first 15 minutes, but after lock Aaron Fry’s try, Beach opened it up. Wing Miles Craigwell scored twice in the space of three minutes, and then Fili Botitu scored two, one chasing down a kick into the corner and the other with ball in hand to make it 31-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Craigwell showcased some nifty footwork to claim his hat trick, and after Emosi Vucago went long-range, Botitu got his third.
With the forwards performing well up front and especially in the loose – prop Oliver Kilifi was especially effective in drawing defenders and dishing to faster support – OPSB now led 50-0. The Griffins got one back from Brendan Brown, but it was all they could get. Nolan Allen – set up by Kilifi – scored the final try.
With the victory OPSB improves to 4-0 in the Super League West and have scored 208 points in four games, an average of 52 per game. They have two more games to play, at home against Denver and against SFGG.
Talk remains rampant that the Super League might forego their semifinals, seeing as the East and West semis will result in teams playing each other for the third time. If both OPSB and NYAC sweep their series against SFGG and Life, respectively, it’s possible the semis will not be played, but that remains speculation.
Tries: Craigwell 3, Botitu 3, Fry, Vucago, Allen
Convs: Armstrong 4
Chicago Griffins 5