Cal Poly’s first conference match against Sacramento State was cancelled due to inclement weather and field closures in Sacramento. The Mustangs will play #1 California on the road in Berkeley this Saturday. The match will kickoff at 2 P.M. at Witter Rugby Field in Berkeley, Calif.
The Golden Bears are off to a hot start in their first season back in D1A competition in the PAC Conference. The game against Cal Poly will be a non-conference, the Mustangs’ last one before getting into California Conference play against Santa Clara the following week.
Cal Poly and Sacramento State are working to reschedule their cancelled match, which would have been a California Conference match. There is no current timetable for the game to be rescheduled.
Cal Poly will field two teams on Thursday night at Damon Garcia Sports Fields to take on the #4 Brigham Young Cougars. The 1st XV is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 PM, with the 2nd XV playing before starting at 6:15 PM.
The Mustangs will look to bounce back after they were held to a season-low 8 points last Saturday at #19 San Diego State in their first loss of the season.
Cal Poly will return starting flanker and captain Sal Guevara, who sat out last weekend due to injury.
The starting 1st XV for Cal Poly is as follows:
1 Connor Cudeback 2 Eddie McFarland 3 Nathan Sylvia 4 Sam Bradley 5 Reece Erickson 6 Aaron Arenas 7 Salvador Guevara 8 Jake Heene 9 Dan Hardiman 10 Corey McGrillen 11 Brandon Puccini 12 Alex Wormer 13 Mark Grzanich 14 Ivy Adair 15 Marshall Brusca
BYU, currently ranked #4 in their first season back in D1A Rugby, will play their first game of the season at Cal Poly. They will travel down to play San Diego State this Saturday.
Cal Poly lost 13-5 on Saturday against #20 San Diego State. The Mustangs are now 1-1 in January.
San Diego State scored the first points of the game early in the first half with a grubber kick that broke through the Mustang’s defense, which the Aztecs chased down for a try.
Senior Flyhalf Corey McGrillen converted a penalty kick later in the half to cut the SDSU lead to 5-3.
After a long scoring drought into the second half, SDSU earned another try in the corner giving them enough to win.
Cal Poly’s Senior Wing Ivy Adair got in for a try late in the game cutting the lead to 10-8 with eight minutes left, but could not respond after a converted Aztec penalty extended the lead for a final score of 13-8.
Although Cal Poly played tightly on defense and conceded few line breaks, they were held to under 10 points for the first time since playing California almost a year ago.
Cal Poly is scheduled to face #4 Brigham Young this Thursday, January 26 at Damon Garcia Fields in San Luis Obispo. The 1st XV is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 PM. The 2nd XV will play before at 6:15 PM.
The Mustang’s game against BYU is subject to cancellation/ change of venue due to weather. More details to come.
Senior Nate Sylvia and Juniors Connor Cudeback and Alex Wormer have been selected for a chance to be on the AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American team. The three will travel to Chula Vista, CA to show their talents from January 14-16.
Junior Prop Connor Cudeback earned a spot on the U20 All-Americans last year and started against Canada’s U20 men’s team. He played his first appearance for Cal Poly in December against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy since having surgery to repair a leg injury in spring.
Junior Inside Center Alex Wormer is back in San Luis Obispo after studying abroad in Ireland during the fall quarter. He is expected to make his first appearance back in a friendly match at San Diego State on January 21.
Senior Prop Nate Sylvia is coming off of a hot preseason, in which he scored four tries over four games. In his last game, Sylvia scored a hat-trick in his most dominant game yet.
The Mustangs’ first home match of 2017 has been cancelled due to wet weather and field closures. Instead of playing Santa Barbara Rugby Academy, Cal Poly will head on the road this next weekend up to the Bay Area to play the Pleasanton Jesters Rugby Club on Saturday, January 14.
Cal Poly finished the fall preseason undefeated, beating Santa Barbara Rugby Academy in their last match back in December.
The next home match scheduled for the Mustangs is set for January 26 in a Thursday night match-up against #4 Brigham Young.
The first D1A California Conference match will be on the road against Sacramento State on February 4.