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Cal Rugby Runs Over San Diego State in Triple-digit Rout

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Golden Bears earn fourth shutout and second triple-digit game in 15s play

California freshman Henry Poon starts at scrumhalf against San Diego State
California freshman Henry Poon scored a try in the seventh minute Saturday
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After blanking the UC Davis Aggies 136-0 last weekend, the California Golden Bears (5-0, 0-0 PAC) turned in yet another triple-digit result Saturday — this time in a 120-0 decision against the overwhelmed San Diego State Aztecs (0-3, 0-0 California Conference).

Blustery weather did little to slow down California and its fast-pace of play. In the first half alone, the Golden Bears scored a try every three minutes on average.

Showcasing the depth of his roster, California Head Coach Jack Clark included five first-years and sophomores in his starting XV — three of whom earned a try. Sophomore hooker Jack Manzo was first to score for the Golden Bears, finding the try zone in just two minutes.

First-years Henry Poon and Max Murphy added tries in the 7th and 42nd minutes, respectively.

By halftime, nine different Golden Bears had taken their place on the scoresheet to make the halftime score 72-0.

In all, 13 Golden Bears pooled together 19 tries. Junior Sam Cusano led his side with four tries — all notched in the first half — as the wing was relieved by Marcus Shankland at halftime. Thomas Spradling, Adam Roeske and Marcus Shankland each supplied two on the day.

Flyhalf Sam Walsh and fullback Elliott Webb took turns on conversion kicks. Walsh converted two post-try scores while Webb, who attempted the majority, added eight.

California completes its non-conference schedule on Feb. 6 with an evening matchup against the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Calif.

The Golden Bears begin PAC conference play on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. PT when the Arizona State Sun Devils visit Witter Rugby Field in Strawberry Canyon.