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FTF Game Of The Week Cal At Arizona

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FTF Game Of The Week Cal At Arizona

Arizona played Cal, and lost, in the 2019 D1A quarterfinals. David Barpal photo.

This weekend’s Game of the Week on FTF and Eleven Sports is Cal at Arizona, and could possibly be billed as the PAC Rugby Conference decider.

With Cal having already defeated UCLA, and favored against Utah (who they play in a month), a win over Arizona probably sews up the conference.

Cal will want to get that job done, because there’s more to come: there’s the two-game series with UBC, there’s the Cal Invitational, there’s Saint Mary’s, and there’s the D1A playoffs.

Head Coach Jack Clark  will shake up the lineup a little in part because its still so early in the season.

"We're going to make a half-dozen lineup changes from last weekend in an attempt to spread the starting minutes and hopefully build more depth and versatility into the team," said Clark. "To that end, it's a large program expense to travel a reserve team for an air travel, two-night trip, but we are committed to developing the whole of this team."

The Bears (7-0) came away with a pair of wins in Saturday's home opener, beginning the afternoon against UCLA. Six Golden Bears found the tryline a total of nine times.

Coming away from a solid if not especially dominant win over Grand Canyon, Arizona will need to raise the level for Cal.

Director of Rugby Sean Duffy points to his halfback combination of Maxime Cathale and Robert Figley as key to this.

“To win in this league, you need quality play at 9 and 10, and we've been fortunate to have that in the past few years. Maxime had big shoes to fill and he's well on his way to doing that, while Rob has picked up where he left off last year with All Americans" said Director of Rugby Sean Duffy. Up front, the veteran trio of Teles, Ben Scoular, and Riley Kerr has combined to set the tone for the forwards. 

This game will kick off at 2PM Mountain Time and will be live on Eleven Sports and FTFNext.com.

"Cal and Arizona's history goes back years, and we're excited to continue the series while also providing a new platform for it under the league's new television deal" said Duffy.