Monthly Archives: March 2013

Stanford Downed in Final Two Conference Matches


Stanford’s season came to an end with two losses at home to UC Davis on March 9th and Sacramento State on March 16th.

Against UC Davis, Stanford put in an improved and physical performance. However, the Cardinal were put on the back foot in the field position game, with a poor kick and chase game and allowing UC Davis kicks to find space. Stanford were able to cross the line twice in the first half courtesy of sophomore Alex Le Roux (Scrumhalf) who did well in his first, 1st XV start, and senior Stewart Youngblood (Lock) who continued to lead with his physicality. In the second half, sophomore Jeremy Kim (Hooker) dotted down, while junior Dan Agness (Number 8) crossed down on a fluid change of direction play. Junior Jason Liljenquist (Flyhalf) was able to convert three of the tries in the losing effort.

Against Sacramento State, Stanford were able to dominate a majority of field position and possession, but an athletic and dangerous Sacramento State team was able to finish long line breaks once they breached the Cardinal line. For Stanford, sophomore Jeremy Kim (Hooker) and Austin Carey (Flanker) were able to cross the line for Stanford in defeat.

In both games, Stanford fielded especially young sides, with nine underclassmen starting against UC Davis and eight underclassmen starting against Sacramento State. While the 2013 season has been a tough road, Stanford showed much improvement and a young squad has potential for a promising future.

The Stanford Men will complete the season with a two-match tour to Hawaii over Spring Break.

Stanford Defeated on the Road by San Diego State and UC Santa Barbara

Stanford faced a tough road stretch of two California Conference matches away in a row, starting with San Diego State on Sunday February 24th, followed by UC Santa Barbara on Saturday March 2nd. Against the Aztecs the Cardinal started strong and played well in patches, but struggled against the size and speed of the Aztecs who would be too much to handle, particularly in broken play.

The following weekend the Cardinal started slowly and only came into the game later in the match when they were able to cross the line twice, once by Freshman Center Jovi Ripert and the second by Junior Flyhalf Jason Liljenquist, but once again, the Gauchos proved too much. Stanford has struggled to find consistency with physicality, ball handling, and playing field position, and will look to correct these areas in their final two matches of the season.

Next Up-

The Cardinal 1-7 (0-5 California Conference) will play their final two Conference matches at home against UC Davis and then Sacramento State- both 0-3 in Conference play.

Stanford vs. UC Davis- Saturday 3/9 – 2pm at Steuber Rugby Stadium
*Stanford 2nd XV will play a touring James Madison at 4pm

Stanford vs. Sacramento State- Saturday 3/16 – 1pm at Steuber Rugby Stadium
*2nd XV Match to follow