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Pace setters begin to emerge in the Super League
Brian Lowe
March 26, 2000

Los Angeles, CA ­ (March 25, 2000) ­ Life College of Atlanta and the Gentlemen of Aspen are setting the early pace after Week 3 of the US Rugby Super League.


In the Eastern Conference, unbeaten teams Life and Philadelphia-Whitemarsh
hooked up in the Keystone State for what turned out to be a dominating
performance by the men from Georgia. Life crossed for 8 tries in a 55-13
romp.


Philadelphia-Whitemarsh made a quick start and was ahead 8-0 after the first
10 minutes, but then it was all Life College. The team coached by Mel Smith
put together some entertaining rugby as it set about ensuring another bonus
point. The highlight of the match was a scintillating try scored by Winger
Chip Curtis who finished off some good individual lead up work by his
teammate Nkuleleko Skweyiya.


Hot on Life's heals in the East are the Kansas City Blues who scored a 20-12
win over New York Old Blue in Kansas. Again it was a case of both teams
having won their opening matches last week and both were looking to remain
undefeated.


The match was a see-sawing affair and KC looked to be going into the break
in front, but an impressive pushover try by Old Blue right on halftime put
paid to that and the score was locked at 12-all at the half. The score
remained deadlocked for much of the second half before the Blues kicked a
penalty to edge ahead and then as the full-time whistle was about to be
blown the home team sealed victory with a try from the back of a scrum.


In another close game Boston managed to outlast a determined PAC and score
its first win of the season 30-23. PAC took an early lead with the first of
its 3 tries, but the homeside hit right back to level the score. Boston's
pack dominated the lineouts which enabled the team to lay the foundations
for victory and its cause was aided by a heavy penalty count against PAC.
Boston also picked up a bonus point for scoring 5 tries.


The final match up in the Eastern Conference saw Washington make the trip to the mid-west to tackle the Chicago Lions in the windy city. This game turned out to be a cracker with the Lions eventually winning 40-25, but not before Washington had its chances to come away with a win.


The visitors from the nation's capital took a healthy 22-10 lead into
halftime, however, Chicago's forwards fought back and took control of the
scrums in the second half. That possession allowed the backs to show their stuff and they scored 4 of the Lions' 5 tries.


In the Western Conference the match of the round was a local derby in
Colorado between the undefeated Gentlemen of Aspen and the defending
champions Denver in Denver. In the end it was Aspen showing its class by
routing the Barbarians 48-12. Aspen used the ball extremely well, evidenced
by its 5 tries, whereas Denver's tally came from 4 penalties.


Across in California OMBAC made the trek north to Balboa Park in San
Francisco to take on Golden Gate. The match ended in a 13-13 draw after
OMBAC had enjoyed a 13-8 halftime lead. The highlight of the match was a try
by Golden Gate Hooker Robbie Flynn whose 5-pointer was the only score of the second half. It was also Flynn's third try in the last two games.
In the other match in the Golden State last year's Super League Championship
finalist Belmont Shore slumped to its third loss from as many starts going
down 24-19 to San Francisco Old Blues. Belmont scored 3 tries to none by San
Francisco.


Most of Old Blues' points came from the boot of Tim Dymmel who potted 6
penalties from 6 attempts, along with two drop goals kicked by Chris O'Brien
and Joe Motes. The good news for Belmont Shore is that it picked up another bonus point for losing by fewer than 7 points.

So after 3 rounds Life College and the Gentlemen of Aspen are the clear
front runners in their respective Conferences.

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