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Marco Cummings   29-Apr-2016   Seth McConnell

Glendale Raptors travel to face Belmont Shore

We have to win one more game

GLENDALE – The Glendale Raptors (9-0) will return to Pacific Rugby Premiership (PRP) action for the first time in two weeks when they travel to face Belmont Shore (6-4) this weekend.

The Raptors had a chance to clinch a spot in the final two weeks ago against San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG), but snowy conditions and flight cancellations led to that match being cancelled. After a bye week last weekend, head coach Andre Snyman’s team is eager to return to the pitch.

A win this weekend coupled with a win by OMBAC over SFGG will clinch Glendale’s spot in the final. But a win by SFGG this weekend could set up a make-up game on Tuesday with all on the line for both sides.

Clinching won’t be an easy task, however. Glendale will be facing a Belmont Short team that is riding back-to-back wins over Sant Monica and Denver. Adding fuel to Belmont’s fire is their recent mathematical elimination from the postseason, despite the recent good run of form.

“They’ll obviously be disappointed that they couldn’t take their season all the way so they might try to upset us,” said Snyman. “Belmont Shore is a quality team. They’re top four and had their chances to go to the playoffs. We’ll have our work cut out for us.”

The “one game at a time” mantra is one that has worked for the Raptors thus far, and they’ll look to continue their nine-game undefeated run when they take the pitch Saturday.

Said Snyman, “We have to win one more game to make it to the championship and we’ll try to do that this weekend.”

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