Cal Blanks UCLA to Win PAC 7s Championship
LOS ANGELES – The Golden Bears delivered a stellar two-day performance capped by a 22-0 final victory over host UCLA to win the PAC Sevens Tournament Sunday on North Athletic Field.
"I am very proud of our boys,” said head coach Jack Clark. “So many excellent individual performances. I told them afterwards how pleased they should be with their mentality. They were really focused operators over the two days. We targeted the conference tournament as the championship we wanted. All of our planning and preparation were aimed at this weekend, so it's gratifying to pull it off."
California (14-2) got two tries in the final from fall 7s captain Jake Anderson and shut down a Bruins team that had entered Sunday with the tourney's best points differential. In the end, it was the Bears who exited the event with the best points differential (+209), best try differential (+34) and most tries scored (38) while their defense yielded a stingy 4.0 points per match over a 6-0 run through the PAC.
"It was a really determined weekend overall, a strong and positive performance topped off by a very good defensive effort in the final," said Anderson. “We left a couple of tries unscored with errors of our own, but we tackled very well and stayed determined.”
Among those determined efforts was Josh Tucker’s, whose unflappable defense out wide stymied his winger counterpart Seb Sharpe and other Bruins on multiple occasions.
“I had great help inside and was happy to be successful in those moments,” Tucker said.
"We knew it would be a highly spirited final," added coach Tom Billups. "The goal coming in this fall was to win this tournament."
To reach the final, the Bears dispatched Oregon State, 42-7, on the semifinal on six tries, including a pair from Andre Coquillard.
The next 7s competition for Cal will be at the 2014 Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, held May 30-June 1 at PPL Park and televised by NBC. The Bears will be making their fifth trip to that event having won their first national 7s title at last year's CRC.
Cal will resume team training this week on Witter Rugby Field in ongoing preparations for the spring 15s season, which commences in January and concludes in May at the Varsity Cup national championships.
"On this team it's always on to the next job," Anderson said. "We'll be back to work soon getting ready to open our 15s season."
The Scoring Timeline vs. Oregon State
02:00 Andre Coquillard 5, 2
04:00 Lucas Dunne 5, Harry Adolphus 2
06:00 Harry Adolphus 5, 2
07:00 Eakalafi Okusi 5, Harry Adolphus 2
Halftime Score: California 28, Oregon State 0
08:00 Andre Coquillard 5, 2
10:00 Christian Hess 5, Nicklas Boyer 2
13:00 Oregon State (Colton Rodman) 5, 2
Final Score: California 42, Oregon State 7
The Team vs. Oregon State
1. Coquillard, 2. Braun, 3. Hendrickson, 4. Boyer, 5. Adolphus, 6. Okusi, 7. Dunne
Replacements: Hess, Harrington
The Scoring Timeline vs. UCLA
03:00 Jake Anderson 5
07:00 Harry Adolphus 5
Halftime Score: California 10, UCLA 0
10:00 Jake Anderson 5, Russell Webb 2
12:00 Alec Gletzer 5
Final Score: California 22, UCLA 0
The Team vs. UCLA
1. Milne, 2. Battaglia, 3. Gletzer, 4. Webb, 5. Adolphus, 6. Anderson, 7. Tucker
Replacements: Harrington, Hendrickson
Washington 20, Arizona 0
Colorado 28, Oregon 0
UCLA 19, Arizona State 10
California 42, Oregon State 7
Stanford 19, USC 17
Oregon 15, Arizona 12
Colorado 19, Washington 5
Oregon State 22, Arizona State 14
California 22, UCLA 0