The Santos Knight Frank Mavericks powered their way to two out of four division titles in last weekend's 2022 PRFU Luzon Rugby Cup 1st Leg. It was all red white as the Mavericks took out the Men's Premiership Division and Women's Championship Division, respectively.
For the Men's Premiership Division, the SKF Mavericks had an unblemished record of 3 wins, 1 draw, and no losses. They started the day with a draw and a win against 2019 titlists, Eagles RFC White and Eagles RFC Blue. They ran away 15 points to 0 over Manila Nomads. In an exciting display of rugby, the SKF Mavericks secured their title with a 19 to 10 win over the Clark Jets. SKF Mavericks flyhalf, Rand Santos, showcased his leadership, vision, and playmaking abilities, while prop Maui Reoperez powered his way throughout the games to lead their team to the Men's Premiership title. Both men were awarded as co-MVPs for the division.
In the newly created Women's Championship Division, the SKF Mavericks also had an unblemished record of 2 wins and no losses against the Clark Jets and Manila Rogues. The Women's Championship Division is a developmental league which encourages new and up and coming players to compete against each other. The team scored a total of 51 points against only 5 points scored against them. It was new recruit from ISM Touch Football, Riho Kasai, who led the team in points, with a brilliant display of speed, stepping, and kicking. Kasai was later awarded the MVP for the division.
In the Women's Premiership Division, it was the Eagles RFC who came out on top after a best of 3 matches against fierce rivals, the SKF Mavericks. The Eagles dropped their first game 5 to 17 to the Mavericks. However, the team regrouped and won the next 2 games, 12 to 7 and 17 to 5. Eagles veterans, Kat Andrews and Bella Nepomuceno, led the team with great support plays and tenacity in defense. Speedy back, Agot Danton, created opportunities for the team with her agility, vision, and great assist plays. Danton was awarded as the MVP for the Women's Premiership Division.
The La Liga 1 came out on a mission in the Men's Championship Division, winning their first ever title in any PRFU domestic competition. The La Liga 1 team is composed of a mix of u18s school boys, La Liga-scouted athletes, and Cararoo Foundation boys. The boys finished on top of their pool with a 12 to 5 win over the Albay Bulkans and a 30 to 0 win over the Manila Kalabaws. They retained their momentum, entering the finals match, and came out as 29 to 0 winners over the SKF Mavericks. Ralph Hermans was awarded the MVP for the Men's Championship Division.
“Overall, it was great kick off of the PRFU domestic competitions after a long lay off due to the pandemic. It was awesome to see the players return to the field and new players enjoying the game. The addition of the Men's and Women's Championship Divisions provide new pathways for our local players to play in the top league. Congratulations to all the teams and we look forward to the next leg for Luzon Rugby on May 28 and first leg of Visayas Rugby on the same date” shared Acee San Juan, Competitions Manager of Philippine Rugby.
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