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Bruce Slices up T-Birds - NASC Latest

Friday May 29, 2009 in Women All-Stars

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(Stephanie Bruce had a good day for the Grizzlies. Alex Goff photo)

May 29, 2009 – The Pacific Coast is into the final of the women’s NASC with a clinical dismantling of a game but overmatched Midwest team in Little Rock, Friday.

Led by a superb performance from flyhalf Stephanie Bruce, who read the Midwest defense well and generally picked the correct options, the Grizzlies shut out the Thunderbirds 30-0.

Nathalie Marchino got on the scoreboard at wing, and in general the Pacific Coast pressure defense was solid. The Midwest had a few big scoring opportunities, but couldn’t quite put all the pieces together in terms of team play to get the try.

Fullback Ashley English took full advantage of the PCRFU's front-foot status, slicing into the backline to great effect.

But in the end it was down to Bruce. The Berkeley flyhalf spun the ball wide when the Midwest defense held back, and when the Thunderbirds came up fast to take away the wide option, she deftly kicked over the top, leaving Midwest fullback Christy Ringgenberg all alone to clean it up.

Bruce also added a drop goal in the game.

“It was hard match up front,” said Pacific Coast coach Jarred Power. “The Midwest definitely played with a lot of intensity. In the end we came together as a team and played well as a unit.”

In other action, the All Americans defeated SoCal 52-12 to advance to the Tier II final on Sunday. They will face the South who shut out the West 39-0. West manager Susan Stabler said there were just a lot of little things that didn’t quite go right for the Mustangs, and that all added up to a big loss. The players played hard, but perhaps not all in the same direction.

Pacific Coast will take on the winner of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, which, according to early reports, is the closest match of a day marked by blowouts.

- Alex Goff © www.erugbynews.com

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