Cal’s rugby Bears won their fourth consecutive World Cup series against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds with a 41-10 victory in Vancouver today.
The Berkeley lads came to the match with a 32-point margin from the Strawberry Canyon opener played Feb. 24. This year’s Cup was secured by Cal’s largest margin -- 63 points -- in 14 years.
In 2002, the Bears ran up a 34-point lead in the Cup’s first match, but finished with only a 45-point edge.
In the last 14 years, the Bears have lost the Cup series only three times -- in 2000, 2004 and 2006.
Cal set the pace for today’s match, with a try in the sixth minute dotted down by sophomore fullback Anthony Lombardo.
Tries by seniors Blaine Scully, Dustin Muhn and Colin Hawley followed before the T-Birds got on the board with a 22-meter penalty kick in the 32nd minute.
Flyhalf Keegan Englebrecht, normally a golden boot, struggled with bad lies, converting only two of five Cal touchdowns in the first half.
Dustin Muhn wrapped up the game’s first stanza with his second try of the day in the right corner. Heading into the interval, Cal led the 'Birds 29-3.
Three minutes into the second half, UBC miffed a penalty kick from 25 meters as Cal slowed its pace.
It took 20 minutes for the Thunderbirds to rally for a converted try. By the 63rd minute, however, they were done for the day.
Freshman center Seamus Kelly, in for Hawley, scored a try, converted by Englebrecht, at the 69th minute and nine minutes later, Scully earned his second try of the match which was converted by senior center Sean Gallinger.
Today’s win brings Cal’s overall record for the season to 21-0. The Bears have amassed a 1,251-point scoring advantage over their opponents this year and allowed opponents to score only nine tries.
The Bears will remain in Vancouver for a “friendly” match against Pacific Northwest league-leader Central Washington University. Cal will likely rest today’s starters and field a reserve side for tomorrow’s match against the Wildcats.