Feb. 27, 2013
BERKELEY - California returns to Witter Rugby Field this weekend to begin a three-match homestand when it hosts Arizona Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. in PAC Rugby Conference play.
The Golden Bears, coming off their 75-22 win at UCLA last Saturday, enter this match at 12-0 overall and 2-0 in PAC play, while the Wildcats are 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Arizona defeated San Diego State, 34-19, early in the season and most recently dispatched Air Force, 46-28. Their PAC Rugby opener was against Utah, which beat the Wildcats, 41-10.
The 'Cats, who feature an All-American at No. 8 in senior Nick Svob, were blanked by the Bears in their last meeting at Kino Stadium in Tucson on Feb. 3, 2012. Arizona has a win over Cal in its all-time history, having beaten the Bears, 6-3, in the semifinals of the 1986 San Diego Invitational Tournament.
Head coach Jack Clark will be dialing up lineups for Saturday's Starting XV and reserve-grade contests with two future fixtures in mind. A rare edition of "Monday Night Rugby" takes place under the lights on March 4 at 6 p.m. with an even rarer regular-season opponent, the Penn State Nittany Lions. Forty-eight hours later, Cal will host James Madison University in the first-ever meeting between the two squads in another 6 p.m. night game Wednesday, March 6, on Witter Rugby Field.
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 Oregon State at Utah (Postponed) Salt Lake City, UT March 2 Arizona at California Berkeley, CA UCLA at Oregon State Corvallis, OR Arizona State at Utah Salt Lake City, UT March 9 Utah at UCLA Los Angeles, CA California at Oregon State 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
PAC Rugby Conference Standings
Team W-L-T Points California 2-0-0 10 Utah 1-0-0 5 UCLA 0-1-0 1 Oregon State 0-0-0 0 Arizona State 0-1-0 0 Arizona 0-1-0 0(Points System: Win = 4 pts, Tie = 2 pts, Loss = 0 pts, Score 4+ Tries = 1 pt, Lose by 7 or less = 1 pt)