California staying busy in sevens

D1A Rugby: California staying busy in sevens

BOULDER, Colo. – More than half of the California Conference competed in sevens tournaments out west this past weekend, and a couple teams walked away with admirable results.

At Autumn 7s in Berkeley, Calif., both Cal Poly and Santa Clara were two of the eight sides competing at Witter Field. Santa Clara, which hasn’t put much of an emphasis on sevens in previous years, struggled on the afternoon. The Broncos dropped two of their three pool matches by one-score margins, and eventually finished the tournament 0-4.

As for Cal Poly, the 11th-ranked Mustangs did enough to reach the Cup Final. Unfortunately for Cal Poly, the hosting California Golden Bears toppled the Mustangs in the Final.

In southern California, San Diego State was one of six teams to contend for El Niño 7s, hosted by Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. The Aztecs advanced to the Semifinal, but were turned back by UCLA. San Diego State did manage to rebound after missing out on the Cup Final by beating OMBAC U23 to finish third in the tournament. The third-place finish will couple well with the Aztecs’ Plate victory at West Coast Sevens when time comes to determine at-large bids for the 2016 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships.

“All in all it was a great way to cap our fall sevens campaign on a beautiful day in San Diego,” described San Diego State Head Coach Alex Lichtig. “Now, we will turn our focus toward preparation for the spring 15s campaign.”

San Diego State and Santa Clara will kick off the California Conference’s 15s season Feb. 13 when they play Saint Mary’s and UC Santa Barbara, respectively, while Cal Poly will play its first league match Feb. 27 against Santa Clara.