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Cal Poly Over A&M In Midweek Tour Match

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Cal Poly Over A&M In Midweek Tour Match

Cal Poly defeated Texas A&M Tuesday night in a pre-playoff tour match.

The Mustangs got a big defensive effort from No. 8 Ryan Wenstrom, and the big loose forward also scored two tries on the night.

It was a well-contested match, but A&M found it difficult to break through. A break from flyhalf Jack Marchant got the Mustangs in the A&M 22 and then center Coby Baker fended off a couple of tacklers for the first try. Baker converted and would add a penalty a little bit later to make it 10-0 after 20 minutes. Soon it was 22-0 after lock Wyatt O’Connor and Wenstrom surged over. A&M answered with a long-range penalty goal from Alex Park, but once again Cal Poly put the pressure on. This time it was a loose ball gathered by Wenstrom and he powered through and then took off for a long-range try.

Just before halftime A&M got over the line after some sustained time in the Cal Poly 22. A penalty led to a quick tap and prop Ryan Meehan dummied and was over.

The second half scoring was a little slower. Vice captain and prop Quinton Tindel scored for Cal Poly off a tap move, and with about six minutes to go Aggie No. 8 Eric Hawkins grabbed an errant Mustangs pass off the top of his boots and thundered on for 55 meters to score.

Overall, it was a good showing by Cal Poly.

“It was happy with the defensive effort,” said Cal Poly Head Coach Chris O’Brien. “That was my goal, to really improve on defense and first-time tackles and we did a much better job of that.”

Wenstrom was very good and flanker Michael McPherson made some big plays for Cal Poly in what proved to be a tough game.

“I was very impressed with A&M,” said O’Brien. “Their #9 has a very good pass and they move the ball well. I think our defensive line speed surprised them a little but, but we looked on this as our first playoff game and it was a good one.”

Cal Poly plays Baylor on Thursday.

Cal Poly 36
Tries: Wenstrom 2, Baker, O'Connor, Tindel
Convs: Baker 4
Pens: Baker

Texas A&M 13
Tries: Meehan, Hawkins
Pens: Park