Cal Wins Storer Classic Again
Cal Wins Storer Classic Again
Edward Tandy takes it forward for Cal against UCLA. ABFlyer Photos.
The University of California scored four tries and Jake Anderson added two penalty kicks, and Cal limited hosts UCLA 32-7 to win its 10th straight Storer Classic Sunday on North Athletic Field at UCLA.
The Bears finished a 4-0 weekend to open their spring 15s season with 178 points scored over 160 minutes, with playing time spread among more than 50 student-athletes.
“Pretty successful,” said Anderson, a co-captain, of Cal’s weekend. “We built our performances from the first game all the way through the last one today. Today was a pretty dominant performance against UCLA, at the set piece especially. We starved them of possession and won the territory battle, which was a big factor in the victory.”
It was an intense battle at the outset as the Bears’ first breakaway ended with scrumhalf Paul Bosco getting tackled into touch by UCLA’s Ikai Bonte.
The Bruins earned a penalty and set up a lineout at midfield, but the Bears stole the first of several they took away from UCLA and flyhalf Harry Adolphus dummied through the defense for a try converted by Anderson. The fullback added both penalties and another conversion after Anthony Salaber’s try made it 20-0 at halftime.
The forwards caused continuous problems for the Bruins, with a strong first stanza from the starting lock combination of James Kondrat, a USA Rugby All-America honorable mention in 2014, and newcomer Sione Sina.
“The coaches have done a great job bringing me up to pace,” said Sina, who played defensive end for the gridiron Bears. “I’ve got a lot to learn but these boys are helping me out. I’m excited about it.”
Cal remained stout until several replacements came into the fray in the second half and UCLA mounted a sequence that ended with Bruins captain Grant Penney dotting down for a try converted by Ben Francis.
A try by Alec Gletzer following a strong rush by Edward Tandy was converted by Anderson to end the scoring.
“We will go back to Berkeley with a lot to work on, and we’re eager to learn,” said co-captain Gletzer. He agreed the forwards had a strong match and said Sina in particular “played well and has a lot of potential.”
The Bears received the Dennis Storer trophy from his widow, Dorothy, who congratulated both teams, their supporters and families.
Coach Clark called it “an honor” to compete at the Dennis Storer Classic, an event that serves as an ideal starting point to the season.
The Rugby Bears now return to campus for a three-match homestand; first, they will observe the holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday and begin the spring academic semester on Tuesday before preparations continue for the home opener Saturday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. against Cal Poly on Witter Rugby Field. A reserve-grade contest will follow the Starting XV.
The Scoring Timeline vs. UCLA
06:00 Harry Adolphus 5, Jake Anderson 2
09:00 Jake Anderson 3
11:00 Jake Anderson 3
20:00 Anthony Salaber 5, Jake Anderson 2
Halftime Score: California 20, UCLA 0
24:00 Connor Sweet 5
28:00 UCLA (Grant Penney) 5, (Ben Francis) 2
33:00 Alec Gletzer 5, Jake Anderson 2
Final Score: California 32, UCLA 7