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Cal Wins West Coast 7s

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Cal Wins West Coast 7s

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.(Cal Rugby Release)  - The University of California defeated Arizona DState 53-0 in the final of the West Coast 7s to win the tournament Saturday at the Cal Poly Sports Complex, going 4-0.

The Bears defeated UC Davis 29-14 in the cup semifinals before their shutout of the Sun Devils and exited the event with a +118 scoring differential and 24 tries scored, both best in the 12-team tournament.

Starting with mostly inexperienced selections who gained early-season playing time in a 28-7 win over Grad Canyon University and a 31-7 decision over Santa Barbara City College, Cal improved its play as the day progressed, and newer players got in sync with more seasoned campaigners.

“Every half, we improved, and the team’s focus was good,” said senior All-America Anthony Salaber, who scored two of his team-high fives tries in the final vs. ASU. “We held our own physically, we kept our composure and stuck to our systems, and we played with good chemistry.”

Among the four student-athletes making their 7s debut for the Blue and Gold at the West Coast 7s was William Fuller, who played in all four matches and finished with four tries, including a hat trick against ASU.

“We wanted to build on each performance and I think we did that well today, getting better and better with each game,” said the sophomore winger. “By the fourth game it was really clicking. ASU is a good team but we came out and set the tone early.”

In the final, Fuller got his first try in the opening minute of the match after Salaber fielded the kickoff and Russell Webb moved the ball to Thomas Robles, who put Fuller into space; his second try opened the second-half scoring to finish a short sequence and his third closed the contest, as seven Bears got into the scoring line against the Sun Devils.

“It’s always good to keep building over the course of a competition,” said head coach Jack Clark. “In those last two games we played some attractive 7s. We were straightforward, accurate and made the other teams work hard.”

Saturday began a three-event fall slate of seven-a-side rugby for the Blue and Gold. Next up is the Cal-hosted Autumn 7s on Oct. 24 before the semester culminates with the PAC Rugby 7s Championship November 7-8 at Witter Rugby Field.


Arizona defeated UC Davis 26-19 to take 3rd.