You could say Cal's rugby Bears didn't play today, but don't tell that to freshman No. 8 Jason Fry.
Fry, younger brother of former Cal lock Eric Fry, captained a squad of freshmen and sophomores to a soggy 35-7 victory over the Sierra College Wolverines in Rocklin this afternoon.
Because Sierra College is a two-year Division II school, though, the match won't be totted up in the Bears' official record. On the books, Cal remains 17-0 overall and 2-0 in College Premiere Division play.
The Bears fielded six freshmen and nine sophomores to start the contest. Inside center Jared Braun dotted down three of Cal's five tries while flyhalf Andre Coquillard was perfect at conversions.
Addtional tries were scored by prop Tanner Mohr and match-day captain Fry.
Though scrimmages against Division II teams such as Sierra College and Santa Rosa Junior College (coming up April 7) aren't counted on the Bears' card, they provide valuable playing time for Cal's second XVs. These games have become especially critical for player development this year because of previous rain-outs and the team's boot-out from Witter Rugby Field during the Memorial Stadium refit.
The Bears took a bye weekend in the College Premier Division, as did most Pacific Conference sides. Action in the elite circuit was limited to six matches.
Close to home, St Mary's trounced San Diego State 51-5 in a Moraga slogger. It was the second 50+-pointer for the Gaels following a 52-10 trashing of UC Davis on March 5. On the Pacific Conference table, St Mary's is now 2-0 along with Cal and Central Washington.
BYU was the busiest and most productive CPD side this weekend, notching two victories in a rollup to the top of the Western Conference standings. On Thursday night, the Cougars mauled Colorado 94-5. Today, the BYU axe fell on Air Force in a 93-8 drubbing.
Delaware stuck it to Rutgers 29-15 while Penn State edged Kutztown in a 30-29 surprise. And last, Notre Dame opened its CPD season with a 15-11 trimming of LSU.
At Week 3 of the CPD season, the Pacific Conference standings are:
1 California (2-0)
2 St Mary's (2-0)
3 Central Washington (2-0)
4 Cal Poly SLO (1-1)
5 San Diego State (1-2)
6 Claremont (0-1)
7 UCLA (0-2)
8 UC Davis (0-2)
Topping the other conference tables are:
Arizona State (1-0)
Life University (2-0)
Arkansas State (1-0)
Rugby East Conference
Next up for the Bears: A trip to Vancouver to meet the UBC Thunderbirds on March 24. Cal goes into the second match of the annual World Cup rivalry with an 8-point edge earned in a rain-soaked Treasure Island contest February 19.
On Saturday, March 26, the Bears return to CPD action with a match in Ellensburg, Wash. against Central Washington.
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