Week 12 of PRO Rugby’s 2016 season is now in the books, and a few explosive performances are the story of the 4th of July weekend. Ohio’s win against San Diego pushes the Breakers to the edge of elimination while bolstering their own run at the title. Meanwhile, the Northern California derby was taken over by a dominant showing from USA’s fastest rising star, Langilangi Haupeakui.
What has been assumed for a while is now mathematically true: neither the Sacramento Express nor the San Francisco Rush will win PRO Rugby’s maiden championship. The title race is down to the Denver Stampede, Ohio Aviators, and possibly the San Diego Breakers after the Northern California squads officially knocked themselves out with this weekend’s results. Before getting into the matches themselves, here’s the math. The best case scenario for the Express would garner them a total of 30 points in the standings, fewer than the number of points that…
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.
This weekend featured the first set of rematches for PRO Rugby, as Denver hosted San Francisco in a rare Friday night game and Ohio hosted Sacramento on Sunday. The favorites would earn the results they were looking for, but both matches featured a few surprises.
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.
It’s the mid-point of what you could consider “phase one” of the season: a five week period where each team is taking on the other for the first time, giving everyone a chance to see how they measure up to the opposition before heading into the next set of matches against each team. This weekend gave us two matches that were entertaining in very different ways. In Ohio, we saw a team firing on all cylinders and putting on a clinical performance. In San Diego, we saw a clash of…
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.