Cal Poly coasts past UC Davis

D1A Rugby: Cal Poly coasts past UC Davis
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Cal Poly coasts by UC Davis

DAVIS, Calif. – Cal Poly hit the road to kick off its Men’s Division 1A schedule and left Davis with a convincing 37-5 victory against the Aggies.

Four Mustangs found the try zone for Cal Poly, while a stout Cal Poly defense never allowed UC Davis to poise an honest threat.

“We had some good patches, some patches where we were a little frantic and failed to finish,” said Cal Poly Head Coach David Burnett. “But, all in all, we came out of the game injury-free, played good rugby and we got a bonus point out of it.”

Big Joey Cremen ran hard all day – forcing Davis to commit multiple tacklers – and created space and scoring opportunities for teammates. Utilizing that space for first-half tries were Wyatt Esola and John Joe Murphy.

Will Campuzano continues to show promise for Burnett’s squad. The freshman is filling in at 13 for senior Max Tacket, who was lost for the season with a broken leg. Campuzano’s line breaks kept the Aggie defense backpedaling, as the Mustangs offense seemed to build steam as the match progressed.

UC Davis finally found itself on the scoreboard after an unconverted try halfway through the second half, but Christian Anderson dotted down just a few minutes later to halt the Aggies’ momentum. Mikey Mitchell added two more tries in the final eight minutes of the match to cushion Cal Poly’s lead.

Davis will look to rebound against Santa Clara Feb. 15.

Cal Poly’s busy spring schedule has the Mustangs hosting UCLA in a non-conference matchup Feb. 8.