Razorbacks claim the Championship in an overtime thriller.
Coach Sam Tiger Vailala guiding his team to a 4-0 finish for the season..
In what was a season filled with many hurdles to overcome, it was the Razorbacks who took their opportunities and clenched the 2021 California Rugby League Championship.
Coach Sam Tiger Vailala guiding his team to a 4-0 finish for the season.
The match kicked off at 4:00pm at Boxer Stadium in suburban San Francisco. In what was an overcast day with a light breeze blowing across the field.
It was end to end Rugby League from the beginning to the end of the match. With both teams taking turns at scoring.
Like always it was the control of Tino Mafi which steered the Razorbacks around the park. This with the hard running of Tookey Stevenson and Sione Finefeuiaki.
For the Savage, Daniel Vete and Vita Foloumahina were the power runners and it was Viliami Soaki who was steering the team around the park.
The Savage were without their inspirational leader and coach Akuila Uaisele who broke his leg in two places last time these teams met.
Going into the half it was a one try ball game with the Razorbacks in the lead.
When the half came back it was the Savage who took control of the game. The 400 fans in Boxer Stadium sounded like an army of 4000 with them hanging on every play.
Full time came and both teams were on 34.
Over the PA system came the voice of League Commissioner Richard Fale – “Both teams will continue until a point is scored”
The extra time ran for no more than 5 minutes with the Razorbacks crashing over to claim the victory. Their fans rushed the field to celebrate.
A full replay of the match will be available on the California Rugby League YouTube this Saturday.
Mine Digital Sponsors California Rugby League World Championship
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – (September 16, 2021) – California Rugby League is pleased to announce that digital asset exchange and brokerage firm Mine Digital has signed on as the major sponsor of its premier end of season event.
The 2021 season will culminate with the Mine Digital California Rugby League World Championship event at Boxer Stadium in San Francisco on Saturday, September 25th.
Mine Digital COO Matt Starkey is a passionate rugby league fan. He said having the opportunity to be involved in this unique game in California was something the company just couldn’t turn down.
“So far, the most exciting part of working with the CRL has been the engagement over social media and coming into contact with so many great rugby league clubs, not only in the USA, but across the world,” he said.
“It's great to see grassroots organisations expanding the game with people who genuinely love the sport and want to further its advance across the world. We love some of the names like the Dead Pelicans!”
Starkey said as a base for the game, California makes a lot of sense because the US West Coast has access to Pacific Islanders who love the sport, as well as ex-patriate Aussies, Kiwis, Brits and other Europeans who can either play, or help the growth of rugby league by going to games in person.
“To most NRL fans in Australia, the USA has always been a logical part of the expansion of the game, and we all believe here that it would do so well,” he said. “Unfortunately, many attempts have been made with little proper planning.”
He said that the CRL is a breath of fresh air in that regard given its belief in rugby league’s potential stateside.
“The CRL appears to be a devoted organisation that wants to further the code in a part of the country that appears willing to make it happen,” continued Starkey. “We have high hopes our early support will set the ball rolling for a long-term partnership and future growth in the country.”
Mine Digital will also be supporting a women’s rugby league game between the East Palo Alto Razorbacks and Sirens that will be the curtain-raiser to the World Championship match. The Sirens will be a compilation team made up of players from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.
Starkey said Mine Digital was introduced to rugby league in America through its connections with USA Rugby League (USARL) club the Delaware Black Foxes. The company's CEO Grant Colthup has a longstanding friendship with Delaware’s coach, Liam Mulhall. That friendship led to Mine Digital undertaking a club sponsorship with the Black Foxes.
Mine Digital specialises in cryptocurrency and is based in Australia. Starkey said the company is on the verge of being able to offer some breakthrough trading opportunities.
“We have an exciting time ahead in the next few months at Mine Digital with the launching of our new exchange offerings MineTrade and MineSwap,” he added. “Keep an eye on our twitter handle @Mine_Digital for the latest updates.”
Essentially the Mine Digital platform will have 3 offerings:
- MineTrade which is the flagship offering including the top 25 coins for trading, crossed up against each other offering many pairs
- MineSwap (similar to other swap platforms such as UniSwap) offers clients access to an entire universe of other coins most exchanges don't list
- House of Hodl which is a staking platform for people to bring their ETH, BTC, USDT and DOT (currently, with more offerings to come) to earn rewards
“At this stage we don't have any plans for MineTrade in the USA given the current regulations, but anyone in the world can use MineSwap and HoH,” concluded Starkey.
Strong Start for the Razorbacks
Updated: Path to the Championship Games
Tino Mafi again lead the Razorbacks around the park with good ball playing linking nicely with strong ball runners Sione Finefeuiaki and Tookey Stevenson.
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.