PRO Rugby’s fourth week of action is in the books. League leaders Denver had the week off, and the remaining teams jostled for position in the standings behind them. Three teams entered the week with 1-1 records, and all three had the opportunity to gain some early separation from the rest of the pack.
Sacramento 11-31 Ohio
The first half was fairly intense, with both defenses holding tight. Sacramento had the early lead with two penalties from Mirco Bergamasco, but Ohio scored the first try through wing Mason Baum and a successful conversion to take a 7-6 lead. The chippiness of the match finally lead to yellow cards near the end of the half, and those advantages lead to tries. Sacramento’s Langilangi Haupeakui was the first to be sent to the bin for a late tackle, and Ohio’s attack from that point culminated in a try for Spike Davis. Soon after, Jamie Mackintosh from Ohio was given a card for collapsing a maul and both teams found themselves shorthanded for the remainder of the half. Already close to scoring, Chris Saint finished the attack against his former-ish team with a try. The conversion attempt missed, and Ohio held a narrow 12-11 lead at halftime.
The second half was all Ohio. Sacramento’s attacking play was looser in the second half, but clumsier at the same time and the errors made the job much easier for Ohio. Another yellow card against Sacramento’s John Quill on a shoulder charge left the Californians short-handed, and Filippo Ferrarini’s try gave Ohio some breathing room. Sebastián Kalm and Mason Baum also added tries of their own as the match devolved into a chippier and sloppier affair. A scary moment late in the match saw Shaun Davies go down with a head injury after a tackle attempt, and he would be carried off the field. The injury doesn’t appear to be anything serious, but I would expect Robbie Shaw to start next week’s match.
San Francisco 33-46 San Diego
Since the San Francisco and San Diego was not broadcast, I don’t have a whole lot that I can say about it. You should check out the recap from Derek Sagehorn at This Is American Rugby if you are looking for a more detailed account of the match. For San Francisco, they will go into the bye week with a bonus point after their best attacking performance of the season but they are well behind the rest of the league defensively. San Diego will be happy to come away with a win here but they may be concerned that they battled San Francisco until the very end while their next opponent, Ohio, was able to put them away fairly quickly the week before.