After clinching 2nd place in the California Conference, Santa Clara will host Colorado State University on Bellomy Field at 2 pm on Saturday April 19th. Stay tuned for more updates on our Facebook page, and refer to californiarugbyconference.com for the final conference standings. We look forward to seeing you out there this Saturday!
After taking an early lead from a Kyle Dunne try, Santa Clara failed to keep pace with a potent St. Mary’s offense. Despite dropping the game 70-5, the SCUTS clinched a berth and home game in the D-1A playoffs.
“To the victor go the spoils” — The winner of the Santa Clara vs St. Mary’s match this weekend on Bellomy Field will be crowned California Conference champions. Entering the match undefeated in conference play, Santa Clara has rocketed to #8 in the D-1A rankings after bonus point wins over Cal Poly and UCSB. “We’re obviously very excited about the opportunity to be playing for a championship on our home field,” said senior Nick Leasure. Lining up across from the SCUTS will be a formidable opponent in top-ranked St. Mary’s, who are coming off an impressive win over Cal last weekend. “St. Mary’s has been having a great year so it’s definitely going to be a big challenge for us, but we’ve got to try to take it to them early and often,” said sophomore Joe Caputo. With the conference championship and playoff seeding at stake, this promises to be fantastic match.
The game kicks off at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 12th on Bellomy Field. The SCUTS Booster Club would like to invite parents, alumni, and friends from both teams to join them in a pregame barbecue at 11 am in the Alumni Picnic Area (adjacent to the Leavey Center parking lot). We look forward to seeing you out there!
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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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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.