San Diego get first win in PRO League

Date published: April 25 2016

Denver remain unbeaten whileSan Diego recorded their first win in Round Two of the USA PRO League.

San Diego 37-24 Sacramento
Torero Stadium, San Diego

San Diego secured their first ever win in the new look USA PRO Rugby competition when they beat they in form Sacramento, 37-24 on Saturday at the Torero Stadium.

Sacramento came off an impressive away win over San Francisco in Round One which saw them top the PRO League logs after week one. 

Both sides crossed the whitewash three times, San Diego's tries came via Mike Te’o, captain Phil Mackenzie and Cecil Garber while Sacramento's came courtesy of Kyle Sumsion, Ray Barkwill and Robert Meeson.

It was however the boot of Tongan international Kurt Morath that proved to be the deciding factor for the home side, despite missing two conversion, the fly-half kicked five penalties that secured San Diego a memorable maiden win.


For San Diego:
Tries: Te’o 2, Mackenzie, Garber
Con: Morath
Pens: Morath 5

Tries: Sumsion, Barkwill, Meeson
Cons: Bennett 2, Bergamasco
Pen: Bennett

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 Nikola Bursic, 5 Brian Doyle, 4 David Dolinar, 3 Sam Taungavaka, 2 Mike Sosene-Feagai, 1 Hubert Buydens
Replacements: 16 Tim Barford, 17 Epeli Kalemani, 18 Kakalia Pule, 19 Tai Tuisamoa, 20 Chris Turori, 21 Tom Bliss, 22 Kalei Konrad, 23 Ben Leatigaga

Sacramento: 15 Garrett Brewer, 14 Joeli Tikoisuva, 13 Mirco Bergamasco, 12 Pate Takiveikata, 11 Ryan Thompson, 10 Harry Bennett, 9 Chris Saint, 8 Sione Latu, 7 John Quill (c), 6 Kyle Sumsion, 5 Sione Sina, 4 Robert Meeson, 3 Olive Kilifi, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Valdemar Lee-Lo
Replacements: 16 Kali Tavake, 17 Toke Kefu, 18 Estephan Tuamasaga, 19 Rich Knight, 20 Langi Haupeakui, 21 Jope Motokana, 22 Nemia Qoro, 23 Ryan Koewler

Referee: Scott Green

San Francisco 18-35 Denver
Boxer Stadium, San Francisco

A brace of tries from number six Logan Collins helped Denver retain thei unbeaten run as they outsmarted San Francisco 35-18 on Saturday at the Boxer Stadium in San Francisco.

South African-born captain Pedrie Wannenburg lead from the front as he was the first to cross the whitewash  which saw the visitors outscore San Francisco with five tries to three.

Ata Malifa and Zach Fenoglio added their names to the scoring sheets along with Collins and Wannenburg. 

Sam Finau, Jack O’Hara and number eight David Tameilau were the three who scored for home side.

Once again it was the form off the kicking tee that proved to be the deciding factor.

The boot of fly-half Will Magie outclassing the home side's right winger Volney Rouse by converting two of the visitors' tries and slotting two penalties and only Rouse only having a fourth minute penalty to show for his efforts off the tee. 


For San Francisco:
Tries: S Finau, O’Hara, Tameilau
Pen: Rouse
Yellow card: S Finau

For Denver:
Tries: Wannenburg, Collins 2, Malifa, Fenoglio
Cons: Magie 2
Pens: Magie 2 

San Francisco: 15 Jake Anderson, 14 Volney Rouse, 13 Nick Blevins, 12 Martini Talapusi, 11 Jack O’Hara, 10 Orene Ai’i, 9 Devereaux Ferris, 8 David Tameilau, 7 Alec Gletzer, 6 Sam Finau, 5 Siaosi Mahoni, 4 Siupeli Sakalia, 3 Patrick Latu (c), 2 Jacob Finau, 1 Maka Tameilau
Replacements: 16 Tom Coolican, 17 Fancy Namulau’ulu, 18 Codi Jones, 19 Isaac Helu, 20 Junior Helu, 21 Michael Reid, 22 Michael Haley, 23 Charles Mateo

Denver: 15 Maximo de Achaval, 14 Dustin Croy, 13 Chad London, 12 Ata Malifa, 11 Michael Al-Jiboori, 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 Soane Leger, 19 Gannon Moore, 20 Mose Timoteo, 21 Bobby Impson, 22 Mike Garrity, 23 Timana Tahu

Referee: Leah Berard