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By Rich Tuiono
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Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2011  
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It was a game that pitted the EPA Razorbacks against the EPA Bulldogs at the Terman Middle School in Palo Alto on Saturday, April 2, 2011.

The EPA Bulldogs scored first. They scored last and they scored often.

It only took the Bulldogs about seven minutes to score first. A try by Tavita Matapula from ten meters out was the outcome of a quick tap and a great look from scrum-half Duke Vaha'i.

It would prove to be a strategy the Bulldogs used throughout the entire game. Looking almost unstoppable at one point in the second half. This "tap and go" play that was executed each time by Vaha'i resulted in six tries total! One of these tries, he touched down himself! That try, coming in the 67th minute, brought the Bulldogs' total score to 55!

The game was beyond over, then! Actually, technically speaking, the game was over in the 32nd minute of the match when Siaki dropped the goal from about 15 meters out, taking a 17-6 lead for the Bulldogs. These were the only points needed for a victory since the Razorbacks managed only 14 total points for the day.

Siaki Halalilo had another outstanding performance. Halalilo scored 32 points himself, which included a hat trick and seven conversions! He was perfect on his first six conversions. Then, he went 1-1 on his last two. 

Halalilo’s first try was a result of a turnover by Vaughn Smith. The Bulldogs took  the turnover and quickly found the streaking Halalilo, who outpaced two defenders down the side lines. The second try was again, credited to Vahai's awareness. This try ended like the first try, except that there were a couple more defenders who were chasing. Halalilo's third try was more of a credit to 'Onesi Havea, who raced down the side from at least 50 meters away, before offloading it to Halalilo for the final 10.

After the Razorbacks scored their last points in the 51st minute of the match, the last thirty minutes would be filled with plenty of highlight plays from the Bulldogs' offense that culminated into seven tries and kept the game entertaining.

The victory was a total team effort though as seven different players crossed over the try line for the Bulldogs.


Final score, EPA Bulldogs 76  -  EPA Razorbacks 14.


To contact Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of the above article, email epatoday@epatoday.org.


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