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Cal Rugby Blanks Bruins by 100

The UCLA Bruins (3-7, 1-3) were held scoreless today as Cal’s rugby Bears (20-0, 4-0) ran up a C-note’s worth of points in Westwood. Backs and forwards joined in the scoring spree. Nine Bears dotted down a total of 16 tries, including hat tricks won by wings James McTurk and Dustin Muhn. Pairs were scored by fullback Blaine Scully, lock Brendan Daly and hooker Jake Wrobel. 

Coach Jack Clark rotated in a bevy of underclassmen after Cal hung 57 points on the Bruins by halftime. But with their substitution limit reached, the Bears had to finish the game two men short after injuries sidelined scrumhalf Paul Bosco and inside center Jared Braun.

Flyhalf duties were split by senior James Bailes and junior Alex Aronson. Bailes converted 6 of 9 first-half tries while Aronson went 4-for-7 in the second stanza, including a conversion of his own try.

Counting today’s match, the Bears have amassed 1,327 points and  given up only 90 in overall play, pretty much on par with the 2010 season. Cal’s College Premier Division scoreline tops the tables at 345-to-14.

On Sunday, the Bears move across town to challenge the winless Claremont Dragons (0-6, 0-2). Claremont has ceded 44 points to both Central Washington and St Mary's recently. The shutout won by the Gaels dropped the Dragons’ scoreline to 27-to-88.