With the temperature in Chico, CA resting in the mid to low 40’s and the rain coming down heavily throughout the entire game, Cal Poly proved to be the stronger team with a 32-0 win over Chico State to take home the first Annual Bryan Archibald Cup on Saturday.
The Wildcats proved to be a tough opponent for the Mustangs, holding off any scoring on the wet and muddy turf until well into the first half and only allowing 10 points before halftime.
The second half displayed a bit more action and scoring. Cal Poly put on a better show and made sure to make the game worth playing and watching in the cold and rain. Although Chico was knocking on the try-line door more than once, the Mustangs held strong on defense.
Fourth year lock Charlie Hamilton led Cal Poly with 2 tries during the wet match and 4 others came from flankers Bobby McNeal and Colin Malcolm, tight head prop Joe Saldana, loose head prop Aaron Bordenave, and one conversion was tacked on by Luke Kimmel.
Both club’s second side teams matched up against one another, Cal Poly won the game 20-5. “Good score-line for the conditions in both matches,” Nick Massman said about Saturdays games, “We had some discipline issues and got penalized more than we should have, but overall I’m pleased with the outcome, character and commitment of the players.”
The Bryan Archibald Cup is a charity event to benefit local youth sports organizations and create awareness to the sport of Rugby. A game Bryan Archibald shared a tremendous passion for. The two clubs will battle for the cup annually.