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The PAC Rugby Conference saw two very lopsided scorelines Saturday, as Cal overwhelmed Oregon State 134-0, and UCLA shut out a tough Arizona State team 42-0.
Cal had the bonus point for four tries after 14 minutes, and 13 bears scored tries. Three players - center Patrick Barrientes, No. 8 Tiaan de Nysschen, and flyhalf Russell webb scored three tries. Captain Seamus Kelly, in his third year captaining the Cal team, was happy, but said there's more to do.
"A tremendous atmosphere and a great fan base – it's always special to be back,' Kelly said of Witter Rugby Field. "Guys got up for the challenge pretty well and took a step forward from UCLA but there’s still a lot of work to be done if we're going to be ready for the start of the 'World Cup.'"
"We could have done a little bit better in the scrum and the lineout," said lock James Kondrat. "Those set pieces went OK but we need to set the bar a little higher for ourselves with UBC coming into town next."
For Oregon State it was a very rough start, but they are working in some
new combinations and have plenty of opportunities to rebound.
Meanwhile, UCLA had to work pretty hard to beat Arizona State, but came away 42-0 winners.
Bruin Head Coach Scott Stewart was not effusive with his praise, saying
both teams made errors and his team was able to score in part due to some
good individual plays. But, despite a strong game from the Bruin back row,
UCLA can be better with the ball.
David Anders-Richards, Seb Sharpe, Connor Rosenbaum, Jack Welch, Andrew Bailey, and George Birch all scored tries for UCLA, and Sharpe had a strong day kicking, nailing all seven conversions.
The results mean Cal is now on top of the PAC Conference, with four more to play for everyone.