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Cal Rugby Wins PAC 7s Championship

After falling short in two previous fall 7s tournament, Bears do win the one that matters the most. Bears blanked UCLA 22-0 in the final to avenge for the earlier season loss.

Fall 7s captain Jake Anderson in action from last year
Fall 7s captain Jake Anderson in action from last year
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With former stars Seamus Kelly [Ed. Note: Seamus Kelly actually has not graduated (5th year senior) yet but is training with the US National Team for the fall] and Danny Barrett graduated from the Collegiate Rugby Championships Sevens winning squad, the Golden Bears have had its share of learning pains this fall. Although the Bears got knocked out by UCLA in the finals West Coast Sevens tournament and by St. Mary in the semifinal Saint Mary's Sevens Invitational, they knew that the biggest prize of the fall is this weekend's PAC Sevens Tournament.

After rolling through the Pool play on Saturday with a wins over USC (66-0!), Washington (33-0), Colorado (38-5), and Arizona State (34-12), the Bears advanced to a semifinal date with Oregon State today. With 6 tries, Bears beat the Beaver rather easily by a score of 42-7. Standing between the Bears and the PAC Sevens title is the UCLA Bruins, who edged the Bears 24-19 back in early October and is the host of this tournament.

Fall 7s captain Jake Anderson contributed two tries in the final, including the tiebreaking try at the 3 minute mark. Harry Adolphus and Alec Gletzer added a try apiece. Bears finished the tournament with a 6-0 record with a very impressive statistical dominance of best points differential (+209), best try differential (+34) and most tries scored (38).

With the conclusion of this tournament, the Bears will now shift focus to the Rugby 15 preparation in hope of winning their first Varsity Cup.

The Scoring Timeline vs. Oregon State

02:00 Andre Coquillard 5, 2

04:00 Lucas Dunne 5, Harry Adolphus 2

06:00 Harry Adolphus 5, 2

07:00 Eakalafi Okusi 5, Harry Adolphus 2

Halftime Score: California 28, Oregon State 0

08:00 Andre Coquillard 5, 2

10:00 Christian Hess 5, Nicklas Boyer 2

13:00 Oregon State (Colton Rodman) 5, 2

Final Score: California 42, Oregon State 7

The Team vs. Oregon State

1. Coquillard, 2. Braun, 3. Hendrickson, 4. Boyer, 5. Adolphus, 6. Okusi, 7. Dunne

Replacements: Hess, Harrington

The Scoring Timeline vs. UCLA

03:00 Jake Anderson 5

07:00 Harry Adolphus 5

Halftime Score: California 10, UCLA 0

10:00 Jake Anderson 5, Russell Webb 2

12:00 Alec Gletzer 5

Final Score: California 22, UCLA 0

The Team vs. UCLA

1. Milne, 2. Battaglia, 3. Gletzer, 4. Webb, 5. Adolphus, 6. Anderson, 7. Tucker

Replacements: Harrington, Hendrickson