LAFETTE, Colo. – Cal’s dominance at the annual Dennis Storer Classic hosted by UCLA continued this past weekend. The Bears 3-0 record on Saturday, Jan. 14 built solid continuity that led to a 26-0 over the Bruins in Sunday’s main event of the weekend.
Forty-four Golden Bears earned starting spots in the team’s first three abbreviated matches of forty minutes in length. First, Cal scored six tries during the first of its three shutouts on the weekend while beating UC San Diego, 40-0. Reigning two-time UC Davis were the only side able to put points on the Bears during the entire weekend with a converted try in the first half of Cal’s second Day 1 fixture. Still, second half tries by Kevin Sullivan, Thomas Robles and Evan Coleman were enough to secure a 31-7 victory over the Aggies.
Another shutout highlighted Cal’s third and final victory on Saturday. Five different Golden Bears found the try zone against UC Santa Cruz, and Matthew Coyle added three conversions in the 36-0 hammering of the Banana Slugs.
The team that finished second behind Cal in the 2016 PAC Rugby Conference standings, UCLA, awaited its Northern California rival on Sunday to conclude the round robin named after the late, great UCLA and Men’s Eagles coach Dennis Storer.
After sitting out the first three games of the weekend’s round robin, duel code All-American Russell Webb made his first appearance of the 2017 season against the Bruins and didn’t disappoint. The fly half scored a second half try and added successful conversions following tries scored by Keanu Andrade and Sullivan in the 26-0 win.
“The Dennis Storer Classic is a benchmark to begin our season; now, what we want to do is build off it,” Webb told Calbears.com. “It was a good chance to see where we are – not the greatest performances by any means, but with video study tomorrow, we get another chance right away to make improvements.”
With four abbreviated matches under Cal’s belt, the team now turns its focus towards its Jan. 21 PAC Rugby Conference opener against Arizona in Berkeley, Calif. Meanwhile, UCLA’s first PAC Rugby contest will be the same day against the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz.