While the 7s team prepared for the Silicon Valley tournament in San Jose, the Freshmen/Sophomore and Womens 15s teams were hosted by Stanford on their scenic Palo Alto campus on Friday evening (11/3).
Confident after opening the season with a win last week, the Cal Poly ladies faced a very experienced and accomplished team which regularly competes in the National Championship, and is considered amongst the best teams in California. Although Stanford proved too strong and experienced, the game was highly competitive and the ladies were the better team for stretches of the match. Sidney Swney and Kahye Yu continued their impressive play, and newcomer Shelby Robinett was a standout in her first ever rugby match. Stanford finished 25-7 winners, but our ladies were proud of the performance and gained valuable experience against a quality opponent.
The men team comprised almost entirely of Freshmen for this clash against a similarly young and inexperienced Stanford team, missing its sevens players. The Mustangs freshmen core again showed great skill, aggression and attacking flair, posting 50 points in the first half. The playmaking trio of Satchell Collins, Kevin McNally and Frenchman Ander Zubidarry set a quick attacking tempo, providing the outside backs with opportunities to showcase their athletic talents. Louis Rampone and Mike Daly were the main beneficiaries, both scoring multiple tries and playing a highly entertaining style of rugby. For the second week, the forward pack provided excellent aggression and physicality, overpowering their opponents. The scoreboard moved more slowly in the second half, finishing 67-15 at full-time.