Steuber Field – Stanford, Ca.
Stanford put in a comprehensive eight try performance as part of a 50-6 victory over San Francisco State to improve to 2-0 in the Pacific Western Conference. A younger Stanford team, featuring three freshman and four sophomores in the starting XV, came out strong and put in a complete eighty minute performance.
Stanford would strike first in the 11th minute when the Stanford forwards drove SF State off their own scrum ball. The turnover possession was quickly moved out wide to wing Jimmy Callinan who crossed over in the corner. Sam Falkenhagen converted and Stanford led 7-0. Stanford’s ill-discipline, a continuing problem the team will need to address, hurt them when two consecutive penalties gave SF State a penalty kick to close the gap to 7-3. In the 18th minute, hooker Jeremy Kim punched the ball in from short range, Falkenhagen was good again on the extras and Stanford extended the lead to 14-3. Again penalties were costly to the Cardinal. This time three consecutive whistles against Stanford yielded the same result of three more SF State points. Stanford struck back quickly, this time from a counter attack which Stanford worked wide to Callinan. The speedster beat multiple defenders in a strong run to cross the line. With minutes remaining in the half, Callinan would find space again, but this time dished inside to center Wesley Greiner for the try, 24-6 Stanford at the half.
The second half was all Stanford, with the Cardinal doing a better job of eliminating their discipline issues, while continuing to play with physicality and work rate. In the 46th minute, Callinan would complete the hat trick when a well worked lineout move put the winger into the open. Callinan again beat multiple defenders to finish the move under the posts, and Falkenhagen converted. The forwards would work the next try over the line, when multiple pick and jams led to a try from prop Nick Perkins. In the 62nd minute, Stanford moved the ball wide to wing Jack Chabolla, who beat two defenders before offloading back inside to Falkenhagen who would get his first five pointer, which he also converted. The Stanford defense would contribute to the final try, when Stanford pressure forced an SF State handling error deep in their own territory. Center Chris Fernandes dove on the ball for Stanford’s final try.
Next Up: Stanford (4-1/2-0) welcomes touring Colorado on Sunday February 1st for a non-conference match at 12pm. Sunday’s game will feature a curtain raiser high-school match between Lamorinda and Pleasanton at 10am.
Stanford Team vs. SF State: 1: Mitch Hokanson (Nathan Mix) 2: Jeremy Kim *Captain (Connor Tobin) 3: Nick Perkins (Austin Carey) 4: Patrick Crowley 5: Sean Means 6: Ian McColl (Max Dimitrijevic) 7: Jovi Ripert (Rory Houghton-Berry) 8: Alex Barron 9: Alejandro Sanchez (Jamieson O’Marr) 10: Nico Sanchez (Dean Patrick) 11: Jimmy Callinan 12: Chris Fernandes 13: Wesley Greiner (Jonny Kipyator) 14: Jack Chabolla 15: Sam Falkenhagen
Scoring Summary: 11: Stanford Callinan Try (Falkenhagen Conversion), 13: SF State Penalty, 18: Stanford Kim Try (Falkenhagen Conversion), 26: SF State Penalty, 32: Stanford Callinan Try, 38: Stanford Greiner Try, 46: Stanford Callinan Try (Falkenhagen Conversion), 52: Stanford Perkins Try, 62: Stanford Falkenhagen Try (Falkenhagen Conversion), 75: Stanford Fernandes Try (Falkenhagen Conversion)