SFGG survived a late charge from the Glendale Raptors to win their fourth-straight Pacific Rugby Premiership game and move to 4-0.
Glendale made a game of it, scoring 19 unanswered points at the end of the match to close within a try at 31-26.
Playing at their home pitch of Ray Sheeran Field on treasure Island, SFGG scored five tries to garner the bonus point.
The battle seemed to be all Golden Gate for the first 55 minutes, but a yellow card against the home side gave the aggressive Raptors enough opening to get within five points, earning a bonus point for four tries, and a bonus point for a close loss.
Hooker Neil Barret opened SFGG's account with a classic hooker try, camping out on the wing after great gains up the far side of the field; Andre Coquillard converted. Center Mile Pulu made it 12-0 by working a switch move with Samisoni Pone, but lock Douglas Graves bulled up the middle for a try for the Raptors, with flyhalf Mike Graham converting to make it 12-7.
A clothesline hit on a kicking Tai Enosa resulted in a yellow card for the offending Glendale player, and led also to SFGG scoring once more. This time Pasivulangi Taupaki went over, and fullback Coquillard converted. Lineout and maul led to lock Brendan Daly scoring yet another try this season, and SFGG led 24-7 at halftime.
"Glendale did a good job in the lineout and disrupted our's, but we were able to execute a few that really helped us," said SFGG Head Coach Alex Houser. "What we have needed to work on is fitting what is considered the Golden Gate was of playing - which can mean running from anywhere - into how we need to play and how we need to be smarter. We did better today."
SFGG kept up the pressure in the second half, with Pulu going over in the first two minutes of the second half. But then it seemed SFGG let the foot off the gas a little.
Glendale picked up their play and punished SFGG for a series of errors. Center Justin Pauga went through for a try, and then when SFGG suffered a yellow card, the Raptors mounted their comeback.
Dewon Reed raced in to score soon after SFGG went down a man.
And then they scored one more, with Mike Graham sliding through a gap and going in under the posts. Graham drop-kicked the conversion, but there was no time to do any more. SFGG held on 36-31.
"It was a good day to get a bonus-point victory but we did kind of let them back into the game," said Houser. We struggled at times to adjust to the ref at the breakdown. But overall it's been a good start for us."
Tries: Pulu 2, Taupaki, Barrett, Daly
Convs: Coguillard 3
Tries: Graves, Pauga, Reed, Graham
Convs: Graham 3