This week’s matches include two results that are upsets if you’re going by the standings but aren’t completely out of left field to anyone paying close attention to the form of these teams. On Saturday, San Francisco, whose improvement finally bore fruit with their win against Ohio in week 7, faced a San Diego team that has slipped over the past few weeks. On Sunday, a white hot Ohio squad went head to head with a Denver team that has come very close to losing their unblemished record in their…
Sunday’s top of the table clash between Denver and San Diego may have been the most highly touted match since the league’s debut and it certainly didn’t fail to live up to expectations. San Diego was within reach of first place going into the match while Denver fought to keep their spot on top of the standings as well as keeping their record unblemished. The result was a spectacle of pure aggression with a few key plays ultimately shifting the outcome.
This week was a telling one for the California PRO Rugby teams as the league enters the international “break”. Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco all continued in the direction that their momentum was carrying them, for better or worse. San Francisco secured a breakthrough victory, Sacramento’s slip has finally shown in the standings, and San Diego proved that they are still the top challenger to the front-runner Denver.
According to a reply from PRO Rugby on their Facebook page, the rosters for the five teams will be unveiled tomorrow. They have managed to play this close to the vest so far, only beginning to release a few of the bigger names in the past week, but a smattering of reports and social media posts have revealed the makeup of about a fifth of the league’s inaugural roster. Here is a compilation of those connections sorted by team, with some additional details about the players.