Game Recap: Belmont Shore D1 36 - Santa Monica 34
By Ray Egan - Head Coach, 04/06/23, 12:45PM PDT
|Belmont Shore D1 36 - Santa Monica 34
A win is a win! Overall, we are happy with the result and, even though we lacked consistency in certain areas, we showed some real grit to avenge our away loss earlier in the season.
We started very well defensively and were controlling the Santa Monica attack. Then with 10 minutes gone, we attacked from deep within our 22 and went the length of the field to see a great individual try from Man of the Match Zac Harrison converted by James Muse.
But the next 30 minutes up to half time were disappointingly error ridden and costly turnovers, a yellow card and poor discipline denied us any continuity resulting in Santa Monica scoring score 3 tries and a penalty to put them 7-22 up at the half.
Fortunately, we came out strong in the second half dominating the contact situations and with direct phase rugby the Santa Monica defense began to crack and tries from Daniel Bird, Zach Harrison, Callum Bartlett and Tai Te’o along with a long-range penalty from Robert Figley put our noses in front.
Santa Monica came back though with a try of their own and one at the last play of the game but we had done enough to win 36-34. We were happy with our scrum and our ball retention gave us a platform from which to play from key efforts by Bird, Harrison, Schilling and Captain Weischedel.
Man of the Match: Zac Harrison
Belmont Shore D2 80 - Santa Monica 0 (match forefeited by SM with 20 minutes left to play!!)