Varsity Gold 12 - 62 Jesuit
Varsity Gold walked into a pumped up Jesuit side celebrating Senior Day at the Sacramento campus. Hindered by an injury to scrum half Jeffrey Breiz, the Gold were under assault throughout the game, playing defense against the talented Jesuit starters and their “impact” subs. SFGG got on the attack late in the first half to score an unconverted try. The second half was more of the same. Coach TONY WELLS commented: “We were hammered today, but take heart in having had good scrum work with 11 Juniors in the game, and a strong JV side coming in – the future looks bright. Jesuit are a good side, well coached and our boys learned a lot about what it takes to achieve success at this level.”
JV 26 - 26 Jesuit
JV ran out to a fast 12-0 start, then lost composure and momentum after some decisions went in favor of the home team who came back to lead 12-26. In the last 15 mins a strong defensive effort underpinned a comeback to tie the game 26-26. The game ended with SFGG camped near the Jesuit line looking for the winning score.
A special shout out goes to the families who drove up to Sacramento to support the team. Throughout the game the players were treated to Polynesian singing and enthusiastic cheers of support from SFGG supporters - the special atmosphere played a big part in the comeback!
Coach Jone Naqica praised IAN TUPULUA (#8) who crashed over for a try from a line out in the 2nd half. He was fearsome and tireless on defense and offense . PIO TOFI #15 and JERICHO NIKO #14 had big tackles that motivated their teammates. JERICHO once again scored multiple tries and impressed on attack and defense. Coach Jone also complimented captain MARK KEARNEY #9 on coordinating and leading offensive and defensive efforts and on CORMAC SLATTERY's (#10) kicking for conversions (3/4) and strategic kicking.
Next up - Marin Highlanders in the final league games of the season.