Cal wins 4th straight Penn Mutual CRC over UCLA - Collegiate Rugby Championship

Cal wins 4th straight Penn Mutual CRC over UCLA

Sunday, 05 Jun
06/05/2016 01:39 PM Cup FinalIn-stadium
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Cal claimed their fourth Pete Dawkins Trophy in as many years with a 31-7 victory in the Men’s Cup Final over UCLA. The Bruins controlled possession early in the match, but Cal was able to take the ball away. Thomas Robles almost had a try in the corner, but a great defensive play from the Bruins prevented the grounding of the ball. But, Cal kept the pressure up and got Jake Goena over the line. The try was converted to give the Golden Bears a 7-0 lead. It looked as if the Bruins got one back late in the half, but the referee decreed Cian Barry did not get the ball down properly. Cal held the 7-0 lead after the first half. The Golden Bears got back to it in the second half, wore down the UCLA defense and allowed Jesse Milne to score a try. It was converted to give Cal a 14-0 lead. UCLA nearly had a great chance to counter, but a takeaway and try put an end to that. Patrick Barrientes got the score for Cal and put them ahead 19-0. The Bruins refused to go quietly this time, as Seb Sharpe took a great offload off a draw-in to the house to cut the Cal lead to 19-7. The Golden Bears got a huge response with two Anthony Salaver tries to pad the lead with under a minute remaining. With the win, Cal becomes the first school to claim the Varsity Cup in 15s and the CRC Cup in the same year.

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