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Cal defeated Penn State on national television 26-7 to cap off a 3-0 day in
Pool A of the USA 7s Collegiate Rugby Championships Saturday at PPL Park in
The game looked to be a Cal rout early when Dustin Muhn cut back against the grain to score the opener, and then Blaine Scully nabbed the restart out of mid-air and strolled down the sidelines to make it 12-0.
But Penn State bucked up and did well to get into Cal territory. From a lineout in the Cal 22, Joe Baker won the throw-in and popped to Chris Saint, who slithered through some grasping arms to score, much to the delight of the crowd.
But Cal took control in the second half. Penn State defended tough and made Cal work for it, but eventually the tries cam. James McTurk made a half-break and then launched a nifty kick downfield and across-field for a wide-open Scully, and the USA 7s player was happy to gallop into in-goal.
Sustained pressure by Cal led to a few close calls, notably Seamus Kelly just dragged down before the line, and finally Connor Ring cut back to score Cal’s last.
It was a creditable performance by Penn State, which finished the day 2-1 and in the Cup Quarterfinals, but it was certainly also Cal’s day.
Tries: Muhn, Scully 2, Ring
Convs: Bailes 3
Penn State 7