Cal Poly Warm Up with Friendly at UC Davis

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Cal Poly Rugby will play their first 15s match of the winter rugby season this Saturday in a friendly against UC Davis. The Mustangs will travel north with 55 players for two matches against the Aggies and one match against the Sacramento Capitals club side.

This is the first of only two friendly pre-season matches the Mustangs will play before their first Division 1A match against UC Santa Barbara on the 25th January. The other friendly will be against UCSC in Santa Cruz on Saturday 19th January.

 

Cal Poly Co-Captain Ben Crosby against UC Davis in 2012. Photo Karen Drinkwater

 

It’s a jam-packed winter schedule for Poly that sees a few new faces come into the Californian conference of Division 1A. Cal Poly, St Mary’s & UC Davis, have been joined by Stanford, Sac State, UC Santa Barbara and Santa Clara in 2013. On top of these matches Cal Poly will also travel to Berkeley on the 9th February for a cross conference friendly against PAC 12 favorites Cal, and then to Central Washington on April 13th for the final match of the regular season.

After an up and down 2012 15s season, Cal Poly Head Coach Dave Burnett know his guys have a lot of hard work ahead of them if they are to finish on top of the D1A Californian conference.

“When the guys returned to campus at the beginning of the week we spoke a lot about setting new, higher standards for ourselves in terms of how we train and play every match, no matter who the opponent.” Coach Burnett said. “So far the guys have embraced this competitive training ethic. We had about 60 players out a couple of times this week for some pre dawn fitness session to get us back to match fitness.”

 

Words of encouragement by senior players following the first dawn fitness session of the winter Rugby season.

 

“Im looking forward to seeing how the guys put their words into action tomorrow” Burnett said.

1st XV vs UC Davis 1st XV 2nd XV vs Sacramento Capitals 3rd XV vs UC Davis 2nd XV
3pm Kick off 1pm Kick off Florin Reservoir 1:30 Kick off
1 Ben Crosby (c) 1 Mick O’Crowley 1 Trevor Drake
2 Pat McCreesh (vc) 2 Chad Chamberlain 2 Kyle Miller
3 Eric Parsons 3 Drew Meulman 3 Phil Davidovich (c)
4 Joe Cremen 4 Jeremy Lipton Schwartz 4 Gavin Hession
5 Ryan Vyenielo 5 Scott Canha 5 Tyler Heucke
6 Kurt Drinkwater 6 Wyatt Esola 6 Aaron Arenas
7 Matt Ryan 7 Christian Alexandre 7 Jacob Garzini
8 Bobby McNeal 8 John Joe Murphy (vc) 8 Kyle Casadana
9 Tommy Leacox 9 Kelii Domingeuz 9 Jack Brown
10 Taylor Honnette 10 Nishant Mattu 10 Danny Levis
11 Mikey Mitchell 11 Nate Nunno (c) 11 Neil Magnuson
12 Andy Early (c) 12 Davie Arnold 12 Chris Dempster (vc)
13 Max Tacket 13 Chris Lusich 13 Kyle Potthast
14 Jake Gersh (vc) 14 Joeti Klein 14 Phil Boukaska
15 Alex Frost 15 Nic Carera 15 Brent Mine
Reserves: Reserves:
Pete Cramer Justin Trong
Will Thompson Justin Benson
Eric Griffen Nate Shipperly
Dayton Hiles Mikhail Torru
George Meert Tanner Jolly