Santa Monica Rugby Club boys and girls teams put together some strong performances at competitions in the local area.
The boys under-12 team defeated San Luis Obispo 25-15 to advance its league record to 2-0. The Dolphins scored four times, including two scores by Eddie Brown.
“It’s most pleasing to me to see the players building their fundamental rugby skills, layer by layer, then making good decisions in execution of these skills,” said coach Greg Anderson.
The boys under-14 team evened its record to 1-1 after a 39-0 defeat of San Luis Obispo.
“The boys played much better this week, in particular their tackling and support play,” said coach Charlie Lydon. “We look forward to continued improvement.”
The boys under-16 and under-19 teams both suffered losses in Eagle Rock to the L.A. Cougars. The under-16 boys were tied 5-5 at the interval but then allowed three tries by the opponent in the second half.
“I believe that player-for-player, Santa Monica has the best U-16 team in Southern California,” said coach Kilian Kerwin. “We made critical mental errors today and let the game slip away.”
The Cougars scored early against the Dolphins under-19 team and never looked back, as they kept Santa Monica off the scoreboard.
The Santa Monica girls under-19 team recently captured a 27-5 victory at home over Cantwell High School for the Dolphins’ first league win of the season. Flyhalf Meghan Laner scored three times, and wing Marjau Sauve contributed two more tries. With about half the team still new to rugby, the Dolphins continue to improve every week, coaches said. They will look to improve their 2-2 record when they face Eagle Rock at home at the end of the month.
The Dolphins girls team also recently earned a dominating 59-0 victory over Coast Rugby, with seven players scoring.