Well, wow. I ate my words when I made this pick. I thought Sacramento was going to steamroll the San Diego defense with their punishing maul the same way they did San Francisco a week before.
That evidently wasn’t the case. The first half saw San Diego stuff Sacramento’s attacking wings time and time again with every attempt to go out wide.
San Diego took every opportunity they could to put points on the board, kicking a total of 4 conversions in the first half alone to take their team into half time up 24-3.
Sacramento came out in the second half clearly looking to close the gap quickly, which they almost did as they began giving the ball to their forwards directly out of the ruck. The men in green got the opening points of the half with their second penalty try of the season when their maul rolled over the try line to force a San Diego off-sides.
Any chance of gaining momentum, however, for a comeback was shattered. San Diego answered the valiant effort with another try of their own, to but the lead back where it was at 29-10.
Sacramento would go on to score two more tries in the contest (one in garbage time), but it was not enough to quell the suffocating defense and speedy wings of the Southern California squad.
This game saw pros and cons on both sides. Both teams clearly have the brute strength of their forwards as an advantage. But all afternoon, we saw the wings on both sides taking unnecessary risks with some frankly very sloppy behind the back passes and switch attempts.
Both these sides have proven they possess the talent to succeed in this league. But, a return to work on fundamentals could do wonders for both sides.
San Diego- 38
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