Cal wins title at Cal Poly



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Alex Aguero was named tournament MVP in Saturday’s tournament.


It’s the Golden Bears’ sixth title in tournament history.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF. – California rugby won its sixth tournament title in program history at the West Coast Collegiate 7s tournament hosted by Cal Poly. Both Bears teams went 6-1 combined in Game 7 of the fall season.

Cal sent two teams to the tournament – ​​”Cal” and the “Bears” – with the Bears being a development side of the program. Both teams swept their pools, Cal going through Sac State 47-0 second team Saint Mary’s 24-0. The Bears beat UC Santa Cruz 40-12, then picked up another win over UCLA 22-7.

In the semi-finals, Cal’s team continued their unbeaten streak, beating Cal Poly 24-7 to secure a place in the Cup Finals. The Bears lost to first-team Saint Mary’s 14-24, the Golden Bears’ only loss in seven games at Saturday’s tournament.

Cal and the Gaels then faced off in the Cup final. In a tough first half, the two teams traded tries throughout the seven minutes, with Cal taking a 14-7 lead at intermission. The Blue & Gold then took off and ran away with the game in the second half, scoring three more tries and allowing the Gaels just one more. Cal won the contest 31-14 to defeat Saint Mary’s and claim the tournament title.

The 28 players who traveled to San Luis Obispo saw playing time on the court at seven. 33 tries were scored by 17 different players across the two teams.

Alex Aguero and Olivier Newall were the top try scorers, both contributing four throughout the day. Aguero was later recognized as the tournament’s MVP for his impressive performances on the court.

Jack Casey recorded five conversions, the most of any Cal player at the tournament. co-captain Max Schumacher was the top points scorer, contributing 16 points between his two tries and three conversions.

“There are always great lessons to be learned from competition,” Cal head coach Jack Clark said. “I feel like the team are both delighted to win and also very aware of the list of things we need to improve on to be at our best. It will be good to be back in the paddock at training and intentional about our development.”

The Bears now have two weeks to prepare for the Treasure Island edition of the West Coast Collegiate 7s. The tournament will take place over two days over the weekend of October 22-23.

Scoring deadlines

Cal vs Bag State

1:00 – Brundage 5, O’Connell 2
2:00 – Agüero 5, Brundage 2
4:00 p.m. – Beaubelle 5
5:00 – Clark 5, Brundage 2
8:00 – Tomasin 5, O’Connell 2
11:00 – Kirsten 5, O’Connell 2
13:00 – O’Connell 5, Brundage 2
Final: 47-0

Bears vs. UCSC

1:00 – Newall 5, Casey 2
3:00 – Casey 5, Casey 2
4:00 p.m. – Brown 5, Casey 2
7:00 a.m. – UCSC 5, UCSC 2
7:30 am – Pollmann 5, Openshaw 2
9:00 – Holy 5
13:00 – Mr. Freeman 5, Saint 2
2:00 p.m. – UCSC 5, UCSC 2
Final: 40-12

Cal vs. Saint Mary’s

1:00 – Kirsten 5
5:00 – Kirsten 5, Schumacher 2
11:00 am – Schumacher 5, Salter 2
12:00 – Santos 5
Final: 24-0

Bears vs. UCLA

2:00 – Dely 5
6:00 a.m. – Newall 5
7:00 – Dely 5
9:00 a.m. – UCLA 5, UCLA 2
1:00 p.m. – Dowgiewicz 5, Williams 2
Final: 22-7

Cal vs. Cal Poly

1:00 – Clark 5
3:00 p.m. – Brundage 5, Brundage 2
5:00 – Aguero 5
9:00 – Aguero 5, Kirsten 2
1:00 – Cal Poly 5, Cal Poly 2
Final: 24-7

Bears vs. Saint Mary’s

1:00 – SMC 5, SMC 2
3:00 p.m. – CMS 5
5:00 – CMS 5
7:00 a.m. – Newall 5, Casey 2
9:00 – Newall 5, Casey 2
13:00 – SMC 5, SMC 2
Final: 14-24

Cal vs. Saint Mary’s

1:00 – Santos 5, Schumacher 2
4:00 p.m. – SMC 5, SMC 2
5:00 – Schumacher 5, O’Connell 2
8:00 – SMC 5, SMC 2
10:00 – Aguero 5, Schumacher 2
12:00 – Clark 5
13:00 – Tomassin 5
Final: 31-14

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