Here is your Belmont Shore RFC team heading to Texas to play the Austin Blacks in the USA Rugby 2018 Club Western Championships.
What a season for Belmont's fullback Viliame Iongi. On his way to scoring the most tries in the Pacific Rugby Premiership, 15, he also picked up the MVP award. The ex-Tongan international had an innate ability to score tries in bunches. Iongi did the unprecedented by scoring 4 tries in back-to-back games.
"Iongi is an international player and he should punish defenses, frankly," Belmont Shore head coach Ray Egan said. "He's a very intelligent player and a very balanced runner.”
In the PRP finals against Ombac Iongi was a handful for the defense all game. His try right before half was a tremendous individual effort that helped keep Belmont in the game.
Iongi will look to keep up his try scoring as Belmont Shore faces the Austin Blacks in the USA Rugby National Semi-Final.
Click below to watch Iongi's try against Ombac in the PRP Championship Game.
Two Belmont Shore players have made the Pacific Rugby Premiership mid-season all-star team. No. 8 Keni Nasoqeqe and flanker Sean Gorman were picked as top players in their position.
At 6 tries scored, Keni Nasoqeqe has the second most tries in the PRP this season. Of Nasoqeqe FloRugby said, “The Belmont Shore No. 8 has been explosive every single week. He doesn't take a game off, and he can score, or break you, from anywhere.”
Newly minted team captain Sean Gorman has been the definition of consistency for Belmont Shore. He is currently one of the team’s leading tacklers and poachers. Of Gorman FloRugby said, “Gorman just gets the work done. He concentrates on defense and winning the ball and lets others score the tries. He's called an unsung hero, but we're singing about him now.”
With Belmont Shore sitting in 2nd place in the PRP with 4 games left to play, both Nasoqeqe and Gorman will have to continue leading the way for a chance at a finals appearance.
To see the full PRP all-star team visit: https://www.florugby.com/articles/6146003-florugbys-midseason-prp-all-star-team
Coach Ray Egan has named his starting 15 for the Pacific Rugby Premiership Round 5 game against Life West Rugby. Coach Egan's team is a mix of youth with some veterans inserted. " We have a great opportunity at home this weekend.” coach Egan said, “We know Life West are a big team who can play with the ball. We’ve really focused on our defense this week as it will be key for us to secure a victory.”
Fresh off a 55-22 victory over Olympic club, Life West comes into the game with a 2-2 record and currently sit in 4th place. A bonus point win could see them leap frog to 2nd place. Meanwhile Belmont Shore are in 2nd place with a 3-1 record having just defeated Santa Monica Rugby 19-3. A win could possibly propel them to 1st in the standings or at least put distance on the 3rd place team.
Kick off is 1:30 pm at Long Beach State Rugby Field.