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Furious Rally Falls Short for Oceanside Chiefs Rugby Club

By Harry Tarrant- Photos: Steve Marcotte

Oceanside CA— The Chiefs home opener was a hard fought game that pinned Oceanside (1-2) against Pasadena (1-2) in a rematch of the 2014 Southern California Rugby Football Union Division II Championship game.

Pasadena opened up against the Chiefs with a “Try” or score in the first 10 minutes.  A “Try” is worth 5 points in Rugby and is scored by touching down the ball inside the opponents goal-line. After a Try, the scoring team has the opportunity to kick the ball, off the ground, for a “conversion” worth two points.

Oceanside answered with a quick Try of its own to even the score 7-7. A couple of more scores by Pasadena had the Chiefs trailing 31-14 after 65 minutes of the game. A rugby game is 80 minutes long with 40 minute halves and stoppage time similar to soccer.

Oceanside came back strong with two quick scores and a penalty kick to even the score at 31.

With less than 5 minutes to go before the final whistle, Oceanside marched down the field with hard hitting defense and very strong ball possession but a turnover late enabled Pasadena to make a strong surge. With time running out, Pasadena was awarded a penalty kick. The kick was successful and at the final whistle, the score was 34-31.

It was a huge loss for the Oceanside Chiefs which had only it’s 2nd loss at home since the team began in 2012. The game was a rematch of the 2014 Southern California Rugby Football Union Division II Championship game which Oceanside won in double overtime, 43-36

This is the first year the Oceanside Chiefs will compete in Division I of the Southern California Rugby Union. The Las Vegas and Pasadena clubs  join the Chiefs in the move to Division I in 2015.

Despite being a relativity new Rugby Club, the Chiefs won the Open Division (2012) with a record of 8-2. In 2013, the Oceanside Chiefs were the undefeated National Champions for Division III in the USA Rugby Union.

For more information about the Oceanside Chiefs Rugby team, visit their website [Link]

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2015 Oceanside Chiefs Schedule
Home games are played at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School, 1290 Ivey Ranch Road
Date Away Home
Jan 10 Oceanside Chiefs OMBAG
Jan 17 Oceanside Chiefs Santa Monica
Jan 24 Pasadena Oceanside Chiefs
Jan 31 Oceanside Chiefs SD Old Aztecs
Feb 7 Oceanside Chiefs Los Angeles
Feb 21 OMBAG Oceanside Chiefs
Feb 28 Belmont Shores Oceanside Chiefs
Mar 7 Oceanside Chiefs Pasadena
Mar 14 Las Vegas Oceanside Chiefs
Mar 21 Los Angeles Oceanside Chiefs
Mar 28 SD Old Aztecs Oceanside Chiefs
April 11 Santa Monica Oceanside Chiefs
April 18 Oceanside Chiefs Belmont Shores
April 25 Oceanside Chiefs Las Vegas