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Monday, April 24, 2017

Cal, Arkansas State To Face Off For Varsity Cup

Cal are once again into the Varsity Cup final. Their opponents will be Arkansas State who are appearing in the final for the first time but are no stranger to finals or high-level play. Cal beat Penn State 35-14 in Berkeley while Arkansas State beat Navy 25-7 in Jonesboro. Cal and Navy will square off in Santa Clara, California on May 6th.

Cal have breezed through the competition for most of the year, including last week's win over Clemson. While they still won comfortably over Penn State they still will forced to work for it. Roughly a quarter of the match passed before either team scored but then Cal rattled off tries from Keanu Andrade, Kevin Sullivan, Damon Wiley, and Patrick Barrientes to lead 20-5 at halftime.

In the second half Malcolm May scored first for Penn State but then tries for Jake Goena and another from Andrade helped push the Cal lead to 30-7. Penn State would add a second Kevin Trotter before Wiley finished things out.

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It was the last home match for many of the seniors at Cal, including Barrientes, Anthony Salaber, and Russell Webb.

Over in Arkansas, the Red Wolves also had to work but they beat Navy 25-7. The sloppy conditions after some heavy rains and some excellent defense from Arkansas State combined to limit most of what Navy wanted to do. As a result Arkansas State ran out to a 10-0 lead on a try from Sione Fangaiuiha and a penalty from Valentin Balande. Navy got back in it with a converted try but that was all they would be able to muster the rest of the way. A try from Tabo Maree and a second from Fangaiuiha would round out the scoring.

The May 6th final should be intense. Cal will enter as heavy favorites but Arkansas State have been playing some excellent rugby lately. They will also look at what Life was able to do last year when they made the trek to California and beat the home side for the DI-A title.

1 comment:

  1. Arkansas State beat Navy 25-7. There was a drop goal by Zach Young.

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