Steuber Rugby Stadium – Stanford, Ca. - Friday November 21, 2014
In their second and final pre-season 15’s match of the fall, Stanford held off a game Cal-Maritime Academy team to earn a 14-12 victory. Stanford’s performance from their previous Sonoma State match improved dramatically, and they needed to be sharp against a physical and alert Cal-Maritime squad.
The first half was all Stanford, and two Sam Falkenhagen penalty kicks resulted from sustained pressure to give Stanford a 6-0 lead. In the 30th minute, a long probing kick to space from Falkenhagen was well chased by wing Wesley Greiner, who made a tackle, popped to his feet and turned over the ball, leading to a try from Nico Sanchez. Falkenhagen converted the try, and Stanford headed into the half with a strong 13-0 lead. In the second half, Cal Maritime would battle back. After a Stanford yellow card saw the Cardinal playing short, the Cadets would cross the line in the 60th minute to bring the game to 13-7 Stanford. Ten minutes later another Falkenhagen penalty pushed the lead to 16-7, before a late Maritime try in the final minutes closed the gap to 16-14. Stanford would hang on in the final minutes to secure the victory, 16-14.
In the 2nd Team match, Stanford got off to a quick 7-0 lead from a great try by freshman Chirs Fernandes. The freshman flyhalf through a dummy pass, and darted through the line, sprinting 50-meters for the score. That lead would remain in place at half, but a quick second half Maritime try tied the game, before a late Maritime try took the lead at 12-7. Stanford would rally back to pressure the Maritime line, but couldn’t convert pressure to points. Final score, Cal Maritime 12-Stanford 7.