March 9, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. - A starting lineup featuring 10 full changes and an overall count of nine frosh-sophs on the field by the final whistle resulted in a 62-7 win for the No. 2 Golden Bears over Oregon State Saturday in their PAC Rugby Conference match on Peavy Field.
Cal led 26-0 at minute 57 when Beavers wing Nathan Kimmell scored a try that was converted by flyhalf Nick Cattrell to account for Oregon State's tally.
No. 8 Danny Barrett had three tries for 15 points scored, equaling the total of fullback Jake Anderon (1 try, 5-of-6 conversions). Prop Lyall Davenport and sophomore winger Andrew Battaglia both scored pairs for the Bears.
Although Cal improved to 16-0 overall and 4-0 in the PAC playing its fourth match in eight days, a high error count and sometimes disconnected phase play left the Bears less than fully satisfied with their performance.
"We want to improve after every performance and today is no different," said Anderson.
Team captain Seamus Kelly was given his first PAC conference rest of the season, offering a start to junior transfer Alex Quimson at outside center. Inside center was occupied by Eakalafi Okusi and the halfback combination consisted of freshmen Harry Adolphus at flyhalf and Russell Webb making the first start of his career at scrumhalf.
It amounted to an inexperienced backline and it showed; still, Cal competed hard enough to win back some of the 50-50 balls it frequently created.
"The contest on the ground was the key difference," said Beavers head coach Anthony Lally, whose team fell to 0-2 in the conference and 3-3 overall. "They were very good and low over the ball, and their explosiveness added to the possession and territory in Cal's favor."
In the reserve-grade contest following the Starting XV, Cal defeated Oregon State, 122-0.
After their Pacific Northwest trip, the Bears will be back in Berkeley to train for their annual trip to Canada, where they aim to win their seventh straight "World Cup" series against the University of British Columbia in Vancouver March 24.
Cal will be back on Witter Rugby Field to celebrate Homecoming when it hosts Utah at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.
Its match with the Utes will mark the end of Cal's PAC Conference slate while Oregon State still must face Arizona, ASU and the Utes in conference play.
PAC Rugby Conference Schedule
Date Matchup/Result Location Feb. 2 California 104, Arizona State 0 Berkeley, CA Feb. 9 Utah 43, Arizona 10 Las Vegas, NV Feb. 23 California 75, UCLA 22 Los Angeles, CA March 2 California 80, Arizona 14 Berkeley, CA UCLA 35, Oregon State 12 Corvallis, OR Utah 36, Arizona State 11 Salt Lake City, UT March 9 UCLA 50, Utah 32 Los Angeles, CA California 62, Oregon State 7 Corvallis, OR March 30 Arizona at Arizona State Tempe, AZ Utah at California Berkeley, CA April 5 UCLA at Arizona Tucson, AZ Oregon State at Arizona State Tempe, AZ April 7 Oregon State at Arizona Tucson, AZ UCLA at Arizona State Tempe, AZ April 13 Oregon State vs. Utah Baker, OR
PAC Rugby Conference Standings
Team W-L-T Points California 4-0-0 20 UCLA 2-1-0 11 Utah 2-1-0 11 Oregon State 0-2-0 0 Arizona 0-2-0 0 Arizona State 0-2-0 0
(Points System: Win = 4 pts, Tie = 2 pts, Loss = 0 pts, Score 4+ Tries = 1 pt, Lose by 7 or less = 1 pt)
The Scoring Timeline vs. Oregon State:
21:00 Jake Anderson 5, 2
Halftime Score: California 21, Oregon State 0
46:00 Lyall Davenport 5
57:00 Oregon State (Nathan Kimmell) 5, (Nick Cattrell) 2
70:00 Lyall Davenport 5
72:00 Zack Purdy 5
79:00 Andrew Battaglia 5
Final Score: California 62, Oregon State 7
The Team vs. Oregon State:
15. Anderson (A. Salaber @ 68:00), 14. Shaulis, 13. Quimson (Barrientes @ 48:00),
12. Okusi, 11. Battaglia, 10. Adolphus, 9. Webb (Dunne @ 71:00), 1. Walsh, 2.
Hyjer (c) (Moscone @ 48:00), 3. Davenport, 4. Purdy, 5. Coleman, 6. Bush, 7.
Bruzzone, 8. Barrett (Hendrickson @ 68:00)