Shutout Keeps Cal On Top

Another day, another shutout.

Cal's rugby Bears (17-0, 2-0) blanked the Aggies of UC Davis (0-7, 0-2) by a 106-point margin in College Premier Division action this afternoon.

The win keeps the Strawberry Canyon lads at the top of the Pacific Conference standings with five regular-season CPD matches to go. To date, Cal's outscored its opponents by 1,043 points, a scoring pace even hotter than last year's.

Today's game was played as a fundraiser for youth rugby at Carmichael's Jesuit High School, alma mater of prop Jeremy Deterding, inside center Blaine Scully and eight other Bear ruggers.

Scully, today's captain, scored a hat trick alongside the three tries notched by flanker Tom Rooke. Two tries were dotted down by outside center Sean Gallinger.

Cal's 16 tries were distributed among 11 players while conversions were capably booted by flyhalf James Bailes and his second-half reliever, Alex Aronson. The Bears converted 13, or 81 percent, of their tries this afternoon.

Today's scoring efficiency was the second-best of the 2011 season, with a point earned, on average, every 1.3 minutes.

In other CPD action today:

Pacific Conference

San Diego State defeated UCLA 43-22

Central Washington beat Cal Poly SLO 43-17

Western Conference

Utah edged Arizona State 29-20

Arizona trounced Wyoming 56-15

Colorado got over on Colorado State 29-3

Mid-South Conference

Life University took down Texas A&M 43-22

Arkansas State blanked LSU 58-0

Rugby East Conference

Delaware wrapped up Ohio State 41-17

Two weeks into the CPD season,  the Bears own a comfortable lead in the Pacific Conference table. The top two sides in each of the division's four conferences will qualify for post-season play.

At the top of the tables today are:

Pacific Conference

1 California

2 Central Washington

Western Conference

1 Arizona State

2 Air Force

Mid-South Conference

1 Life University

2 Arkansas State

Rugby East Conference

1 Army

2 Navy

If the Bears still lead the Pacific Conference standings by the final weekend of the CPD season, they'll have home field advantage in a quarterfinal match-up with the Mid-South Conference's No. 2 side. With Cal's Witter Field off-limits to rugby now, the likely venue would be Treasure Island. 

Not that home-field advantage has meant that much in the CPD so far. Home teams have won only 10 of 21 matches contested so far.

Still, the April 7 match would give fans a rare opportunity to see the Bears play locally. 

Cal plays only one other CPD match in the Bay Area this season. On Saturday, April 9, the Bears square off against the Gaels of St Mary's College at Pat Vincent Field in Moraga.

Fans can get two other "local" doses of Cal rugby, though. A frosh-soph side will be fielded for play against Sierra College in Rocklin on Saturday, March 19 and again against Santa Rosa Junior College on Thursday, April 7. 

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