Sophomore James Kondrat scored two tries against Oregon State.

Bears Win Home Opener vs. Oregon State

Playing on its home pitch for the first time in 10 months, Cal saw 14 different players score tries as the Bears opened PAC conference play with a big scoreline over Oregon State Saturday afternoon.
By Cal Athletics on Sat, February 01, 2014

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BERKELEY – Playing on its home pitch for the first time in 10 months under sparkling sunny skies, California saw 14 different players score tries as the Golden Bears opened PAC Rugby Conference play on Witter Rugby Field with a big scoreline over Oregon State Saturday afternoon.

Flyhalf Russell Webb notched the first of Cal’s three hat tricks before halftime, followed by No. 8 Tiaan De Nysschen’s third try at minute 59 and center Patrick Barrientes’ third at minute 74. Fullback Jake Anderson connected on 7-of-11 conversion attempts and four other placekickers combined for an overall rate of 12-for 22 (Webb 1-for-1, Harry Adolphus 0-for-2, Nicklas Boyer 2-for 5, Jamie Howells 2-for 3).

“The intensity was there from the beginning,” said wing Josh Tucker, who helped set the tone and scored a try in the 22nd minute. “At times our skills let us down but the effort was there, and that’s a good takeaway at this early stage of the season.”

The scrum for the Bears (6-0, 1-0 PAC) joined that high effort level, scoring seven tries as the unit strived to work together with two sophomores, prop George Vrame and lock James Kondrat, in the mix and veteran Tanner Mohr working at the hooker position.

Oregon State (0-2, 0-1 PAC) was unable to ask many questions of the Cal defense, finding itself on the back foot for most of the match, but the Bears left the field less than fully satisfied with their play .

“We could have done a little bit better in the scrum and the lineout,” said Kondrat. “Those set pieces went OK but we need to set the bar a little higher for ourselves with UBC coming into town next.”

Senior Seamus Kelly, in an unprecedented third year as Cal’s captain, agreed that Saturday’s performance was a well-intentioned effort that still needs a quantum leap of improvement to be ready for the Thunderbirds on Feb. 15. The center with seven U.S. international appearances already under his belt also credited the crowd for its midseason form.

“A tremendous atmosphere and a great fan base – it’s always special to be back,” Kelly said of Witter Rigby 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.’”

The Cal reserves also defeated the Beavers on Saturday by a similar scoreline.

The Bears next travel to Stanford to compete with the Cardinal for the Scrum Axe at Steuber Rugby Stadium Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m., before welcoming the University of British Columbia to Strawberry Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m., when the Thunderbirds will test Cal with potentially their strongest team in the last 10 years in the opening match of the “World Cup” series.

One week later, on Saturday, Feb. 22, Pac-12 Networks will broadcast the Bears against the Bruins in a live television broadcast from Witter Rugby Field as the PAC Rugby Conference and regular season schedule continues. On Saturday, UCLA shut out Arizona State, 42-0, to put the Bruins tied at the top of the conference standings with Cal.

The Scoring Timeline vs. Oregon State

04:00 Nicklas Boyer 5

09:00 Russell Webb 5, Jake Anderson 2

12:00 Tiaan De Nysschen 5

14:00 Andrew Battaglia 5, Jake Anderson2

16:00 Tanner Mohr 5, Jake Anderson2

19:00 Russell Webb 5

22:00 Josh Tucker 5, Jake Anderson2

26:00 Andrew Battaglia 5, Jake Anderson2

27:00 James Kondrat 5, Jake Anderson2

30:00 Tiaan De Nysschen 5, Jake Anderson2

31:00 Russell Webb 5

35:00 James Kondrat 5, Russell Webb 2

Halftime Score: California 76, Oregon State 0

45:00 Harry Adolphus 5

46:00 Patrick Barrientes 5

51:00 Jesse Milne 5

56:00 Max Shaulis 5

59:00 Tiaan De Nysschen 5

63:00 Patrick Barrientes 5, Nicklas Boyer 2

69:00 Nicklas Boyer, 5, 2

74:00 Patrick Barrientes 5, Jaime Howells 2

76:00 Anthony Salaber 5

80:00 Michael Bush 5, Jamie Howells 2

Final Score: California 134, Oregon State 0

The Team vs. Oregon State

15. Anderson (A. Salaber @ 31:00), 14. Battaglia, 13. Kelly (c) (Barrientes @ 31:00), 12. Harrington, 11. Tucker, 10. Webb (Adolphus @ 40:00, Boyer @ 51:00, Howells @ 70:00), 9. Boyer (Bosco @ 40:00, Boyer @ 70:00), 1. Walsh, 2. Mohr (Bush @ 57:00), 3.Vrame, 4. Kondrat, 5. Coleman, 6. O’Beirne, 7. Bruzzone (Tandy @ 31:00), 8. De Nysschen

Spring 2014 PAC Rugby Conference

Date		Matchup/Result			Location
Jan. 24		Utah 17, Arizona 7		Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 1		California 134, Oregon State 0	Berkeley, CA
		UCLA 42, Arizona State 0	Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 8		Arizona State at Utah		St. George, UT
Feb. 22		UCLA at California		Berkeley, CA (TV: Pac-12 Networks)
		Utah at Oregon State		Corvallis, OR
Feb. 28		California at Arizona State	Tempe, AZ
March 1		Oregon State at UCLA		Los Angeles, CA
March 2		California at Arizona		Tucson, AZ
March 8		UCLA at Utah			St. George, UT
		Arizona State at Oregon State	Corvallis, OR
March 15	Arizona at UCLA			Los Angeles, CA
		California at Utah		St. George, UT
March 29	Arizona State at Arizona	Tucson, AZ
April 12	Arizona at Oregon State		Corvallis, OR

Points System:
Win = 4 pts, Tie = 2 pts, Loss = 0 pts
Score 4+ Tries = 1 pt, Lose by 7 or less = 1 pt

	Team			W-L-T		Points
	California		1-0-0		5
	UCLA			1-0-0		5
	Utah			1-0-0		4
	Arizona			0-1-0		0
	Arizona State		0-1-0		0
	Oregon State		0-1-0		0


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