2014 Collegiate Rugby Championship Final
When: 2:30 PM PT
Chester, PA - Golden Bears are back in the CRC Final after again downing the UCLA Bruins ruggers in the semi-final for the 2nd consecutive year. Plagued by several mistakes such as kicking the ball out of bound, the first half ended with the Bears and the Bruins in a 5-5 tie. Bears' Anderson got in for a try at the far left corner for the first score of the game, Bears can't convert the very tough conversion. UCLA fought back with a try (from Sharpe) just before the half time buzzer.
Bears send same starters as QF for semi v UCLA #CRC2014 Kelly Harrington Gletzer Webb Bosco Anderson Battaglia— Cal Varsity Rugby (@CalVarsityRugby) June 1, 2014
The 2nd half saw the Bears jump out to a 15-5 lead (captain Seamus Kelly with a try follow by a 2nd try by Anderson, both unconverted) after a UCLA scoring chance was averted by Cal stealing the ball on a lineout. Just when you think that's it for UCLA, the Bruins got a quick unconverted try to cut the lead to 15-10 with 2:24 left. Immediately after that, a Bears miscue allowed a try down the middle to the Bruins where they made the easy conversion for a 17-15 UCLA lead with just 1 minutes left.
UCLA tried to kill time by kicking the ball out of bound, but the Bears quickly struck back with Battaglia getting in for a try. UCLA's last attempt to score was stopped via a turnover just as the time expires. Bears promptly kicked the ball out of bound for the win.
In another big surprise, Kutztown Golden Bears upset the Life Eagles 19-17 to advance to the All-Golden Bears final.
Golden Bears vs. Golden Bears....There can be only one!
GO (CALIFORNIA GOLDEN) BEARS!