LOS ANGELES - The Golden Bears beat the host Bruins, 18-3, Sunday in the final of the All-UC/Dennis Storer Classic played in 20-minute halves on UCLA's North Athletic Field.
Both teams displayed defensive determination in a hard-fought battle that foreshadows an exciting rematch Feb. 22 on Witter Rugby Field, where the Bears and Bruins will square off in PAC Rugby Conference competition televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
"I can't imagine a better way to open our season than this tournament. The format is perfect for our first weekend of play," said Cal head coach Jack Clark.
In Sunday's action, Jake Anderson kicked two penalties and scored a try, then converted the final try by captain Seamus Kelly, the 55th Bear to play over opening weekend, as California (4-0) limited the Bruins (5-1) to three points on a Seb Sharpe penalty kick.
The Bears were presented their ninth straight trophy at the event by Dorothy Storer, widow of the former UCLA and U.S. National Team coach.
"Today's match with UCLA was just what we wanted," coach Clark said. "The Bruins have really good talent and they're likewise really well coached. They're very organized, so it's difficult to get behind them in attack. This said, I though we put in a very solid performance, which we can continue to build upon. We controlled our field position and created a lot of quality possessions. Additionally, our defense looked solid against a dangerous backline."
Cal exited the event with 33 tries and 217 points over four matches for an average of 8.25 tries scored per game, 1.35 points scored per minute and only eight points scored by the opposition (2.0 ppg).
"This is a great venue and always well hosted by UCLA," said Kelly. "As a team we love honoring Dennis Storer and having so many opportunities for guys to play in an opening weekend. We had some solid efforts by players who put their hands up that they are ready to contribute to our season."
The Bears boarded their bus back to Berkeley ready to observe Martin Luther King Day Monday followed by the first day of classes Tuesday before the team travels to Vallejo for a frosh-soph match Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. against Cal Maritime on Bonar Field.
The Scoring Timeline vs. UCLA
03:00 Jake Anderson 3
17:00 Jake Anderson 5
22:00 Jake Anderson 3
22:00 UCLA (Seb Sharpe) 3
Halftime Score: California 11, UCLA 3
Final Score: California 18, UCLA 3
The Team vs. UCLA
15. Anderson (A. Salaber @ 45:00), 14. Tucker, 13. Kelly (c) (Adolphus @ 45:00), 12. Milne (Okusi @ 40:00), 11. Battaglia, 10. Webb, 9. Boyer (Bosco @ 40:00), 1. Mohr, 2. Bush, 3. C. Fry (Vrame @ 35:00), 4. Kondrat, 5. Bowman, 6. Hendrickson, 7. Gletzer, 8. De Nysschen (Tandy @ 38:00)