Belmont shore 12 – 8 Santa Monica
Belmont Shore was held try less in their first league game since being crowned National Champions last spring.
They still won.
Shore took advantage of four penalty kicks in the first half to bring them a tight victory over Santa Monica Saturday in what some called a sloppy early-season league match.
Still Santa Monica coach Doug Bratcher saw a few bright spots in the loss.
“I was really happy with the defense,” Bratcher said after the game. “To hold Belmont Shore to no tries in a league game is nothing to sneeze at.”
The only try of the match was scored by Santa Monica’s Sean Pypers in the 17th minute, set up by a deep run into Shore territory by Dolphins 8 man Ken Aseme.
Both teams started their 2013 campaigns with high hopes and left realizing there was much work to be done.
“The game was what you’d expect from teams that have hardly been on the training field in the last few weeks.” Alex Goff of rugbymag.com said. “Neither team was able to really bring it together.”
Santa Monica faces off against The Old Aztecs Saturday afternoon while Belmont will face OMBAC to kick off week 2 of league play.
Written by David Cohen
Photo courtesy of Mitchel Nieto