The Golden Bears traveled two sides Saturday to the West Coast Rugby 7s Invitational hosted by Cal Poly at Talley Fields, where both California teams ended a long travel day with 4-1 records.
Thirty student-athletes wore the blue and gold as minutes abounded in the 14-team tournament. By fielding two sides, Cal I and Cal II, the Bears joined the host Mustangs, Saint Mary's and Santa Clara in bringing multiple teams to the tournament.
The Bears' top side went 3-0 in pool play to advance to the cup semifinals, where it faced the Gaels' top side for a berth in the final.
Captain Seamus Kelly put the Bears on the board early and Anthony Lombardo's try made it 12-7, Cal I, in the second half, but two late tries by the Gaels' Garrett Brewer gave Saint Mary's a 17-12 win.
In the other pool, Cal II defeated UCLA's top side, 17-5, to end its day with a win that included tries by freshmen Charles Guiraud and Anthony Salaber to start and finish the contest.
The Bears return to Berkeley to begin immediate preparations for the Stanford 7s, a one-day tournament held at The Farm on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Saturday Cal Results
(note: California entered two sides, Cal I and Cal II, in the event. Other schools' additional sides are also identified)
Cal I 35, Santa Rosa JC 0
Cal II 7, Saint Mary's II 5
Cal I 29, Long Beach State 7
Cal II 19, UC Davis 10
Cal I 43, Saint Mary's II 7
Cal II 22, Long Beach State 7
UCLA 15, Cal II 5 Saint Mary's I 17, Cal I 12 Cal II 17, UCLA 5 Cal I 40, Arizona State 7
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