Jan. 24, 1998
BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal's season started in emphatic fashion with a 95-0 win over Santa Clara, Saturday. Scoring at a rate of more than a point per minute, the Bears ran in 15 tries, and flyhalf Dave Stroble added 10 conversions.
No. 8 Shaun Paga made the most of his new position, scoring three tries. Paga, who played center last season, devastated the Santa Clara defense with bullocking runs from the base of the scrum and rucks and mauls. Cal football fullback Marc Vera, although still learning rugby tactics and adjusting to the game's aerobic demands, also ran in three tries.
But the Bears have no time to rest on their laurels. They host UC Davis next Saturday, one of their toughest matches of the season. The steadily improving Davis squad made the Final Four of the collegiate championships in 1997.
Cal's head coach, Jack Clark, will look for fast technical improvements from his players in the next week of practice. The Bears' captain, flanker Simon Terry-Lloyd, agrees that the team needs work despite the Santa Clara scoreline: "Davis is a very different team. We need to work on being more physically committed, and have a more physical week of practice to prepare."