Stanford, California – Thursday November 15th
Stanford opened the 2012-13 season with their first XV’s rugby game of the year vs. The California Maritime Academy on Thursday night, losing a close game 21-30. For Stanford, it was their first game of the season, and despite the score line, there were many positive to build from. In particular, the scrum was very strong for the Cardinal, and rookie freshmen Taylor Clayton (Two Tries), Wesley Greiner (One Try), and Jovi Rippert, as well as rookie junior Graham Thompson all had solid individual performances. The game was fast and looses, with Stanford putting little focus on attacking structure or tactical field positioning to this point. The Cardinal essentially played heads up rugby, which cost them field position and points at times, but also led to a lot of attacking flair and some flowing long range tries for the Cardinal. Moving forward, the Cardinal will begin to put more structure to their play, and finish the fall quarter with their annual Cardinal and White scrimmage Friday November 30th at 4:30pm.
In the 2nd XV’s match, Stanford defeated a large and physical Cal Maritime 24-5.
Highlights of both games can be seen here:
Next Up: Cardinal and White Scrimmage – Friday November 30th at Steuber Rugby Stadium
Stanford 1st XV vs. Cal Maritime
1: Zach Yohannes 2: Jeremy Kim 3: Uche Omegara 4: Chris Herries 5: Austin Carey 6: Evan Bowechop 7: Graham Thompson 8: Gabe Martinez (James Spicer) 9: Masato Kuok 10: Jason Liljenquist 11: Oscar Sandoval 12: Dan Ibarra 13: Jovi Rippert 14: Taylor Claton 15: Rob Carrera (Wesley Greiner)
Halftime: Stanford 14- Cal Maritime 15
Final: Stanford 21- Cal Maritime 30
Stanford Scoring: Tries (Clayton-2, Greiner-1) Conversions (Liljenquist-3)