Cal Poly Rugby’s vision for Rugby Sevens is to compete at the highest level of competition in the USA and secure a National Championship within 2 years. Whilst trying to accomplish this vision, it is the long-term goal of the club to have a current or past player of Cal Poly, represent the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Rugby 7s.
About Rugby 7s
Rugby sevens, is a variant of the traditional 15 a side rugby union in which teams are made up of seven players. Played on the same full sized field, matches are much shorter, only 7 minutes a half. Essentially Rugby 7s is a faster-paced, more spread out version of the traditional 15 a side game.
The game is globally popular at all levels, with amateur and club tournaments generally held in the summer months. Sevens is one of the most well distributed forms of rugby, with an international series comprising of tournaments in Australia, Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland & England. It is also a part of the Commonwealth Games and as of 2016 the Olympic Games.
Cal Poly Rugby ended their season on Memorial Day weekend in Cary, North Carolina with a 3-3 record.
The Mustangs got off to a hot start in the tournament, winning their first two pool matches against St. Bonaventure and Fordham. Cal Poly won both matches with a final score of 14-10.
The Mustangs won both matches in the final minutes with game-winning tries. Against St. Bonaventure, Senior Dustin Mollard lead a line-break in the final minute which ended with a Mark Grzanich try for the win.
Mollard’s late-game heroics were not unique to the first match, as he scored the game-winning try against Fordham on the last play.
Cal Poly lost to Lindenwood, the 2015 7s National Champions, in their final pool match by a score of 24-0.
Advancing to the knockout round in the same day, Cal Poly lost a rematch against St. Bonaventure in a back-and-forth match with a final score of 19-17. In a consolation game later that day, Cal Poly lost to James Madison 19-0.
In the final day of the tournament, Cal Poly ended their 7s season with a 17-12 victory over Arkansas. Senior Leandro Praseli dotted down the winning try in the corner.
Replays of Cal Poly’s matches in the 2016 USA College 7s National Championships can be found by clicking here.
Cal Poly earned a bid to play at the USA College 7s National Championships in Denver, Colorado. After losing their first match 22-15 against Iowa, the Mustangs bounced back in pool play by shutting out Texas A&M 26-0 and beating Arizona State 19-17.
After pool play, the Mustangs dropped their final two matches against Wisconsin and Arkansas. Cal Poly finished 2-3 in Denver.
Cal Poly finished the fall 2014 collegiate 7’s competition with a decisive win over UCLA to take 3rd place of Battle In the Bay. The strong performance by the Mustangs, in both West Coast 7’s and Battle in the Bay, secures an at-large bid to the May 2015 USA Rugby Collegiate National Championship.
Sevens coach, Andy Doukas, attributes the success to an all around “Team” approach and dedication to the core principles of 7’s Rugby, along with “Champagne Rugby” by veteran Mikey Mitchell, Sean Gorman, and Mark Grzanich, to name a few.
All 16 in the line-up contributed to the great success this fall; evident in the UCLA victory and reserve impact play! We look forward to 2015.
West Coast Collegiate 7’s
The 2014 West Coast Collegiate 7’s Tournament welcomed the partnership with Canterbury in this year’s National Qualifier. Three teams from Arizona joined the lineup: ASU and new comers, Arizona Wildcats & Grand Canyon University. For the second year in a row UCLA beat Cal to win the West Coast 7’s.
Cal Poly, two time runner up, was led by Mickey Mitchell and Max Tacket who was recently selected to the USA Hawks 7’s.
Watch Cal Poly’s 3rd place match vs Santa Clara here.
Cal Poly 7s Matches from the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s Nationals
Day 1 Game 1: Cal Poly vs South Carolina
Day 1 Game 2: Cal Poly vs North Carolina State
Day 1 Game 3: Cal Poly vs Dartmouth
Pacific Energy Company
Cal Poly Rugby and the West Coast Rugby 7s is proud to have the Pacific Energy Company as a partner in 2013.
The Pacific Energy Company was founded in 1980 to provide an energy choice for rural and urban central coast residents. Recognizing the need for a complete retail resource of solar electric equipment, efficient wood stoves and fireplaces along with expert installation service, John Ewan & Troy Spindler opened the doors to San Luis Obispo County’s first renewable energy store.
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