California Rugby League made its way down to East Palo Alto for the third time in a year. The outcome of the game had big ramifications of the final standings of the 2021 Championship.
A great local crowd was down early tailgating in the carpark of Rich May Memorial Field adding to the atmosphere of the contest.
The game was officiated by Junior Caucau who was making his debut as a match official in the California Rugby League.
At 6:30pm the game kicked off – The first night game of the season – The Razorbacks put on two early tries showing great energy in attack.
For the Young Tigers, there was no panicking as the Evan Walkers coached team had been in a similar situation when they met with the Dead Pelicans a month earlier.
It again was free flowing Rugby League with both teams throwing the ball around looking for opportunities in attack and both teams stepping up and putting their bodies in front in defense.
Tino Mafi again lead the Razorbacks around the park with good ball playing linking nicely with strong ball runners Sione Finefeuiaki and Tookey Stevenson
For the Young Tigers, it was Mason McCrory linking with Jordan ‘The Human Wrecking Ball’ Haines and Josia Ratu.
The game went into the half with scores tight and the end to end football continued into the second half.
With 16 minutes to go the Young Tigers had them within 1 try. Thanks to great attack by Josia Ratu who notched up his 5th try for the season in just 2 games.
The last 16 minutes of the game the momentum changed after some strong running by Fatai Vailala who had his first game of the season.
Final scores were 44-22 to the Razorbacks. Both teams must be commended for playing the game for the full 80 minutes and not getting caught up in any nonsense.
Full replay is available on the CRL YouTube.