For a long time on Treasure Island, it looked like Cal was going to go down to British Columbia. Competing in pouring rain in the middle of the Bay Area, the Bears trailed early in the first half after UBC's fullback Jones converted two penalty kicks in the 6th and 12th minutes to make it 6-0. Then a flyhalf try converted in the 32nd minute by UBC made it 13-0.
But the Golden Bears weren't close to done. Wing player Blaine Scully (senior from Sacramento) scored a try just before halftime, and the conversion by flyhalf/fullback James Bailes (senior from Cape Town, South Africa) made it 13-7 at halftime. After over thirty scoreless minutes in the second half, flanker Tom Rooke's (senior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) try cut the lead to 13-12, and the conversion by Bailes made it 14-13 with six minutes left. Wing/fullback James McTurk's (from York, England) try and Bailes's third conversion made it 21-13.
Cal will rematch with UBC on Thursday, March 24th in Vancouver in the second leg of the World Cup. GO BEARS!