by admin ~ February 28th, 2014
Santa Clara traveled to Cal last Wednesday night to take on the Golden Bears. After an early Cal try, the SCUTS responded immediately with JJ Holmgren finishing a nice series of offloads for a try (see video). Minutes later, freshman Matt Fitzgerald slotted a penalty to bring the score to 12-8 in favor of Cal. Santa Clara continued to hang tough on defense by making positive tackles and forcing the home side into handling errors. However, Cal eventually broke the line to bring the score to 19-8. Just before the half, scrumhalf Mark Kuppenbender collected his own box kick and offloaded to a streaking Kyle Dunne for the try (video). This brought the halftime score to 19-13.
The second half, though, was a different story as Cal utilized its depth by bringing in fresh subs. After ten minutes, the Bears began to run away with the game and ultimately won 74-13. Despite the lopsided scoreline, Santa Clara has plenty of positives to take away from the game. Reflecting on the game, sophomore Josh Galant said, “We were really playing well in the first half, ya know? We put up two tries and played stingy defense in the first half. I think we’ve got plenty of potential for growth going forward.” The 15th ranked SCUTS will look to improve on their 2-0 record in California Conference play against Sacramento State this weekend.
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by admin ~ February 17th, 2014
Avenging losses from the past two years, the Santa Clara Men’s Rugby Team overpowered UC Davis in a convincing 27-22 win at Bellomy Field on a dreary President’s Day Weekend. This win places the SCUTS atop the California Conference. Stay tuned for updates on the SCUTS Rugby Facebook page and @SCUTSRugby on Twitter.
by admin ~ February 10th, 2014
Santa Clara began its California Conference season with an impressive 17-13 win over San Diego State University. The SCUTS came out strong from the opening kickoff, immediately putting pressure on the visiting Aztecs. Andrew Clem, freshman Jack O’Hara, and outside center Kyle Dunne all contributed tries to the winning effort. Most importantly, Santa Clara was able to win the physical battle and wear out SDSU down the stretch.
The SCUTS look to build on this win in this weekend’s match against UC Davis at 1 pm on Bellomy Field.
by admin ~ January 28th, 2014
Santa Clara Men’s Rugby Team kicked off its 2014 campaign with a convincing 29-14 road win at Stanford. Sophomore Andrew Clem put the SCUTS on the board early with a try from the base a mauling lineout outside the Stanford 22. SCU continued to control possession in Stanford territory, eventually leading to a nice line break and offload to Jimmy Summer, who put it under the posts to give the SCUTS a 12-0 lead. Wasting no time to add to the lead, freshman Jack O’Hara ripped off a 70 meter run on the ensuing kickoff which quickly led to another try. The conversion was good and the SCUTS were up 19-0.
At this point, Santa Clara seemed poised to put the Cardinal away; however, Stanford responded with a try of their own to make things more interesting. The game became more physical as the intensity picked up, but Santa Clara regrouped and continued to put points on the board. Sophomore Ed Baugier scored his first try in a Santa Clara jersey. Shortly after, the forward pack stole a Stanford scrum at their 5 meter line. Number-eight Tim O’Hara scooped up the stolen ball and went over the line to give the SCUTS their fifth and final try of the night.
Despite an exciting first half, the second half was more of a defensive struggle. Neither team scored, and the game ended as a 29-14 victory for Santa Clara.
There was a great showing from SCUTS supporters at the game, with plenty of students and alumni travelling to Stanford’s Steuber Field to cheer on the team.
Santa Clara now travels to Treasure Island to take on Olympic Club this Saturday (2/1) at 1pm. Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to check out our Facebook page (SCUTS Rugby)!
1) Adan Rivera 2) Luke Cashman 3) Tyson Dethfleson 4) Greg Cusack 5) Riley White 6) Nick Leasure 7) Tommy Baldacci 8. Tim O’Hara 9) Andrew Clem 10) Mark Kuppenbender 11) Jack O’Hara 12) Jimmy Summer 13) Kyle Dunne 14) JJ Holmgren 15) Ed Baugier
16) Gianmarco Carmelino 17) Andrew Nam 18) Tyler Braslow 19) Travis McCauley 20) Casey Husband 21) Greg O’Neil 22) Ryan Chavkin 23) Matt Fitzgerald