Aztecs roll Santa Barbara in opener

D1A Rugby: Aztecs roll Santa Barbara in opener
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Aztecs roll Santa Barbara in opener

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – San Diego State used seven tries from seven different players to blast UC Santa Barbara 46-3 Feb. 1.

The Aztecs hosted Santa Barbara with the hopes of starting their Men’s Division 1A season on the right foot. San Diego State’s attack was relentless and balanced in an encouraging effort considering it was the team’s first match of the year.

“The team’s performance was pretty good,” said SDSU Head Coach Alex Lichtig. “There are some areas that we’d like to work on, but overall it was the result we were looking for. The guys played hard for 80 minutes, which is great to see.”

Brendon Winbrock led the scoring with an unconverted try four minutes into the match. Santa Barbara countered with three points following David Persson’s penalty kick that split the uprights. However, those three points would be the only points the Gauchos could muster on the afternoon.

Captain Jake Poliakoff set the tone physically early and often for San Diego State. The hooker’s damaging play softened the Santa Barbara defense and helped San Diego State’s speed in the backline exploit gaps.

Kaleikaumaka Konrad chipped in with 11 total points, all via his foot. The talented flyhalf, who is capable of burning a defense with ball in hand, chose to aid his team by distributing the ball and converting five kicks including a penalty strike midway through the first half.

The Aztecs now turn their attention to Santa Clara, whom they travel to play against Saturday, Feb. 8.