Razorbacks claim the Championship in an overtime thriller.
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.