Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 18 May 2013 18:13    PDF Print Write e-mail
Glendale, OPSB on Collision Course
Clubs - Men's DI Clubs


Led by a strong performance by their national team players, James Paterson, Shaun Davies and Zach Fenoglio, the Glendale Raptors beat defending DI club champs Belmont Shore 34-27 to advance to the national quarterfinals.

The key to the game was who could handle the wind better, and that contest was won by Glendale. They used the wind to their advantage in the first half, and led 24-5 into the break.

Then in the second half they weathered the storm, and punished a couple of Belmont Shore mistakes to get points when they could, losing the second half 22-10, but winning the game. 

"We couldn't kick out of our own end against the wind, it was so strong," said Glendale Head Coach Andre Snyman. "But we were able to capitalize on some errors on their part. I am very pleased with how the guys played."

Glendale says goodbye to their USA players, who are off to camp. Still it promises to be a cracking game between the two. OPSB galloped past the Austin Blacks 62-32 to advance. They have unleashed all of their backline weapons, and with a tough, bulky forward pack led by Oliver Kilifi, they can score from anywhere.

"I know we beat them in the Elite Cup," said Snyman. "But I watched them today and Old Puget Sound is a different team. They will be very tough."

 

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