Cal Cup – Week 4 Match Report

The Cal Cup continued on in the New Year with an exciting weekend of rugby, with the Life West Gladiators looking to defend their unbeaten 3-0 record and top-of-the-table position as they visited OMBAC in San Diego. Life West was first on the board in the seventh minute as a sleek set piece play from a lineout saw scrumhalf Devereaux Ferris dot down. OMBAC responded with back-to-back tries in the 19th and 24th minutes, and added another penalty in the 30th for a 15-7 lead. The Gladiators countered through a converted Anthony Muñoz try in the 35th minute, narrowing the deficit to one point. However, just before the half, OMBAC answered back with a try going ahead 25-14 at the half. Life West came out charging scoring first in the second half through first quarter student and UCLA All-American flanker Zach Bonte, closing the gap for the Gladiators to four points at 25-21. The teams continued to trade blows through the middle of the second half, with OMBAC crossing the whitewash in the 50th minute and Life responding through a quick tap try through vice captain Ferris, cutting the OMBAC lead to seven. However, OMBAC continued to press with two penalties in the last ten minutes of the match and USA Eagle Todd Clever crossing in the 76th minute with a try to give OMBAC the 46-28 victory. Life drops to 3-1 but remains at the top of the Cal Cup table with 16 points. OMBAC and SFGG, also 3-1, sit right behind with 15 points. The last match against SFGG is effectively a semifinal, the decider for the...

Cal Cup – Week 3 Match Report

Following a close week two win over the Old Aztecs in San Diego, Life West faced winless Olympic Club on Treasure Island in perfect rugby conditions. Finding their footing early, Life went ahead through tries by Pila Longi and Anthony Muñoz. Olympic responded with two penalties through the boot of Keegan Englebrecht, and a try by fullback Jake Anderson brought Olympic back into the fray 12-11 at the 25 minute mark. The Gladiators hit back with 10 minutes to go in the first half, and continued their momentum through to the second half, notching four unconverted tries to go ahead 32–11. Twenty minutes left had Life ahead 39 – 16, with Pila Longi dotting down four times in the daily effort and left wing Anthony Muñoz picking up a second. First-quarter student Guillaume Cazenave proved handy in the centres as well, his first touch of the bench leading to Pila Longi’s fourth try of the day. Some back-and-forth between the two teams lead to a final score of 46 – 23 to Life West. Now at the midway point of the Cal Cup season, Life West sits alone at the top of the table with an undefeated record of 3-0. Olympic drops to 0-3. The Gladiators face OMBAC after the Christmas break in San Diego,...
Cal Cup – Week 2 Match Report

Cal Cup – Week 2 Match Report

The second week of Life West’s Cal Cup season has again ended in victory over the Old Aztecs of San Diego in a close-fought 27-25 win. Scoring four tries for the second time in two weeks, they took away all five points putting them in a tie for first at the top of the table with SFGG. Life West also retain the Jarrod Faul “Chur Bro” Cup for the third year in a row. For the Old Aztecs they pick up their first points of the competition. Early penalties from Guillaume Cazenave for Life West and Tim Howard for the Old Aztecs started off a match of back-and-forth action, with San Diego leading 6-3 after twenty minutes. Life were able to find their rhythm and were able to break the line, eventually leading to a converted try. At the half Life West led 10-6 through a try to Pila Longi. Starting the second half, Life West continued their momentum and scored a converted try off pressure to move up to 17-6. The Old Aztecs responded five minutes later through a try by Tasi Toilolo to cut it to four. Life West would continue the trend of swapping scores with yet another through Jay Finau to put it to 22-13.  Great work from Robert Stortz for the Old Aztecs and a conversion by Tim Howard put his team within two with 15 minutes to go. Soon they were able to grab another try to push it to 25-22 with five minutes to go. That missed conversion would turn out to be costly. With less than a minute to go Life...
Cal Cup – Week 1 Match Report

Cal Cup – Week 1 Match Report

With the California Cup kicking off this weekend, the first match honors went to Life West v. Belmont Shore. For Life West, it is their first time stepping up to this level. The club itself is only a few years old, and they have had a meteoric rise through the ranks, taking home titles along the way including a top four finish in D1 last season and the DII championship the year before. Now they find themselves in one of the top competitions in the country. The Gladiators supplied a lot of players to the San Francisco Rush in PRO Rugby last year and while most of those players aren’t back due to PRO Rugby rules, the team is still loaded with local talent. Siupeli Sakalia and Rich Knight, both players with PRO Rugby experience will help the team in the forwards while the backs are as strong as they come. The inaugural Cal Cup season kicked off on a beautiful day at Ray Sheeran Field on Treasure Island. It took 15 minutes, but it was Life West that would capitalize first as Siokatame Falatau scored. Pelepesite Toelupe-Tuisila subsequently hit a penalty as Life West went ahead 8-0. Ten minutes later they grabbed another try and then a third before the end of the half. The third try came from wing Manu Volavola. At the break Life West led 22-0. The second half was a completely different story. Andy Jackson scored a try and conversion just a few minutes in for Belmont Shore and then he hit a couple of penalties to cut the lead to 22-13. Life West scored...
Save the Date – Batons Up Fundraiser on Saturday November 12 2016

Save the Date – Batons Up Fundraiser on Saturday November 12 2016

SAVE THE DATE… Saturday 12 November for the annual Life West Batons Up Fundraiser – which is set to be bigger, better and much more fun to be had. A couple of important changes to note: The dinner will be a formal 3-course catered affair Early Bird Dinner Ticket prices set at $50 $50 price will include open bar & 1 x raffle ticket Door Sales set at $60 but this will not include a raffle ticket so be in quick to get your tickets (limited) Raffle tickets remain at $20 each Formal dress at the event How does a Batons Up Fundraiser work? A Batons Up is a raffle prize draw event where tickets are sold at $20 each and every ticket is re-entered into every draw. Each ticket will be re-entered into every prize draw A full prize list will be advertised prior to the event and at the event itself All tickets will be drawn during the event and the winning number will be noted by a draw official When a person’s ticket number is drawn the winner will then go up to the prize table where there will be a selection of numbered envelopes Each envelope holds a written card that details what prize they have won The winner will then selec t an envelope number which is then passed to the MC The MC will then announce the winner and what that person has won The MC will then ensure the winners ticket is returned to the raffle barrel before the new draw is made A new raffle ticket number will be drawn and will continue until...
Life West Wins DII

Life West Wins DII

by Jackie Finlan Photo: USA Rugby Life West won the DII club national championship 66-20 over 2015 titleholder Wisconsin today at Glendale’s Infinity Park. The trophy is a mighty achievement for the NorCal side in its first official season, but the outcome is unsurprising considering Life West’s consistently dominant performance this spring. The trouble started right from the kickoffs. Flanker Mele Taumoefolau was a beast in the return and necessitated gang tackles to stop her forward momentum. Scrumhalf Nikki Kenyon kept that ball moving away from the contact point, as did flyhalf Megan Foster, who on more than one occasion angled through the line herself. Wisconsin lost its flyhalf, Elisa Becker, during Friday’s captain run, and that field presence is irreplaceable. The Gladiatrix shone in open play. Ballcarriers were well supported and looking for that offload, confident in their timed passes, and powerful enough to fend or spin out of contact to keep the ball in play. After that first missed tackle, the fast phases followed, and Life West was nearly impossible to stop. The scoreboard lit up one minute into the match as inside center Fina Toetu’u went on the first of several exciting runs. A slipped tackle on the sideline saw wing Angelina Lomu score the first of her three tries. Prop Catie Benson accounted for the following two tries, capitalizing on breakaways from No. 8 Jennifer Sever and fullback Cameo Motley. Benson later scored a breakaway try of her own, outpacing the pursuing defenders for close to 70 meters. Wisconsin got on the board approximately 15 minutes in when a missed switch deep in Life West’s end...