Ohio returned to winning ways after they thrashing San Francisco 51-17 in the PRO league at Memorial Park in Obetz while Denver kept their unbeaten run intact after a nail-biting 22-16 victory over San Diego at the Torero Stadium, both matches took place on Sunday.
Ohio 51-17 San Francisco
Memorial Park, Obetz
The home side outscored a struggling San Francisco by eight tries to two with Spike Davis, Sebastian Kalm, and JP Eloff each getting their names on the try scoring sheet twice.
Jacob Finau and fly-half Orene Ai’i were the only to score for the visitors while Volney Rouse slotted two conversions and a penalty.
Coming off a bye last week the home side made their intentions clear as they dominated both the territory and possession which saw them head into the break with a comfortable 32-10 lead.
The visitors got on the scoreboard in the 25th minute via Volney Rouse's penalty but not before Ohio built up a healthy 19-0 lead through tries from Davis, Kalm and lock Pierce Dargan with Davies converting two of the tries.
Despite a sprited fightback from the visitors it never looked like they were going to exert any form of dominance over a determined Ohio side.
A 75th minute consolation try courtesy of Ai’i, converted by Rouse, was the only points that San Francisco added to their half-time score.
Almost immediately, Ohio bounced back with two late five pointers from Eloff after a brilliant display of sheer speed and skill. The 24-year-old Davenport University product calmly converted both of his tries to take the final score to 51-17.
Tries: Davis 2, Kalm 2, Eloff 2, Dargan, Ferrarini
Cons: Davies 2, Eloff 2
Tries: J Finau, Ai’i
Cons: Rouse 2
Ohio: 15 Zac Mizell, 14 Spike Davis, 13 Ahmad Harajly, 12 Roland Suniula, 11 Mason Baum, 10 JP Eloff, 9 Shaun Davies, 8 Sebastián Kalm, 7 Matt Hughston, 6 Filippo Ferrarini, 5 Kyle Baillie, 4 Pierce Dargan, 3 Angus MacLellan, 2 Peter Malcolm, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (c)
Replacements: 16 Cameron Falcon, 17 Demecus Beach, 18 Anthony Parry, 19 Dominic Pezzutti, 20 Zach Stryffeler, 21 Robbie Shaw, 22 Chris Kunkel, 23 Alan Hanson
San Francisco: 15 Jake Anderson 14 Pila Iongi, 13 Volney Rouse, 12 Martini Talapusi, 11 Jack O’Hara, 10 Orene Ai’i, 9 Michael Reid, 8 David Tameilau, 7 Sam Finau, 6 Siupeli Sakalia, 5 Rich Knight, 4 Siaosi Mahoni, 3 Patrick Latu (c), 2 Tom Coolican, 1 Niko Lolohea
Replacements: 16 Codi Jones, 17 Maka Tameilau, 18 Fancy Namulau’ulu, 19 Jacob Finau, 20 Naibuka Tawake, 21 Isaac Helu, 22 Junior Helu, 23 Charles Mateo
San Diego 16-22 Denver
Torrero Stadium, San Diego
Despite a valiant effort from the home side, after trailing 10-6 at the break, they could not breakthrough the resilient defence of an in form Denver side.
The visitors outscored their hosts by three tries to one with tries from Zach Fenoglio, Niku Kruger and Chad London for Denver and a 75th minute five pointer from captain Phil Mackenzie was the only try for the home side.
Being led by former Springbok Pedrie Wannenberg, the Denver side exerted their dominance upfront which allowed the backs to receive quality ball.
The boot of Kurt Morath kept San Diego within reach of their opponents with three successful penalty attempts off the tee but it wasn't for long as the physical domination of the visitors were rewarded with tries from Kruger and outside centre Chad London.
As the last minutes were approaching and the game looked to be out of reach for the San Diego men, Mackenzie crashed over to make it a six point game. It was the skipper who once again came close to scoring but his efforts were all lost when he knocked the ball on in the dying moments of the game and with that ending a courageous effort from the home side.
The unbeaten Denver side will head into week four with a bye while San Diego will be hoping to bounce back when they travel to face San Francisco.
For San Diego:
Pens: Morath 3
Tries: Fenoglio, Kruger, London
Cons: Magie 2
Yellow card: Wiessing
San Diego: 15 Mike Te’o, 14 Pono Haitsuka, 13 Ryan Matyas, 12 Phil Mackenzie (c), 11 Tim Stanfill, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Charlie Purdon, 8 Sione Tu’ihalamaka, 7 Cecil Garber, 6 Chris Turori, 5 Nikola Bursic, 4 David Dolinar, 3 Epeli Kalemani, 2 Mike Sosene-Feagai, 1 Hubert Buydens
Replacements: 16 Tim Barford, 17 Sam Taungakava, 18 Kakalia Pule, 19 Tai Tuisamoa, 20 Arnold Meredith, 21 Tom Bliss, 22 Kalei Konrad, 23 Ben Leatigaga
Denver: 15 Maximo de Achaval, 14 Martin Knoetze, 13 Chad London, 12 Ata Malifa, 11 Timana Tahu, 10 Will Magie, 9 Niku Kruger, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg (c), 7 Peter Dahl, 6 Logan Collins, 5 Casey Rock, 4 Christian Wiessing, 3 Ben Tarr, 2 Zach Fenoglio, 1 Luke White
Replacements: 16 Nick Wallace, 17 Jake Turnbull, 18 Chris Baumann, 19 Gannon Moore, 20 Brian Wanless, 21 Mose Timoteo, 22 Mike Garrity, 23 Bobby Impson