Monthly Archives: January 2015

Stanford Scorches San Francisco State

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)

Stanford Opens Conference With Santa Cruz Win

Steuber Field – Stanford, Ca.

Stanford successfully opened up Pacific Western Conference play on Saturday with a  50-24 win over UC Santa Cruz.  Stanford got on the board early when flanker Ian McColl broke from a driving Stanford maul in the 2nd minute to cross over the line.   Santa Cruz would strike back immediately, after two Stanford penalties, the first giving them territory, the second leading to a Santa Cruz penalty kick, and Stanford’s lead was cut to 5-3 in the 5th minute. The game sea-sawed back and forth until the 21st minute when scrumhalf Alejandro Sanchez darted around a ruck, dove into a seam and deftly offloaded to wing Nino Abundes, who finished from halfway.  Fullback Sam Falkenhagen was good on the conversion and Stanford led 12-3.  Stanford would score next, when after a driving run from prop Mitch Hokanson, Sanchez quickly picked up possession and dashed through the Santa Cruz defense for the score.  Falkenhagen converted again, 19-3 Stanford.   Santa Cruz responded with pressure and nearly crossed the Stanford line off a quick tap penalty, but the final pass was deemed forward.  Stanford took a 19-3 lead into the half.

Stanford started the second half exactly like the first, when only minutes in McColl again broke from a driving maul for a score in the corner, 24-3 Stanford.  Santa Cruz would fight back, and after a long break through the Stanford midfield, a try and conversion cut the Stanford lead to 24-10.  Santa Cruz continued to press, but Stanford would come away with the next score when lock Alex Barron was the recipient of strong driving maul from which he dove over the line, 29-10 Stanford.  After Sanchez received a yellow card in the 55th minute, Santa Cruz found momentum and scored again, narrowing the lead the 29-17 as the game entered the final quarter.  Stanford were able to regain their composure and drive down the field.  A quick tap penalty saw Hokanson get on the board, Falkenhagen converted, and the lead was safe again at 36-17.  Santa Cruz wouldn’t go down easy, and another break out wide saw them strike back to score and again narrowing the lead to only two scores at 36-24 with ten minutes to play.   The game finished with Stanford regaining momentum and finishing off two tries.  The first came off a beautiful transition attack, with Santa Cruz threatening the Stanford line.  Stanford turned the ball over, shipped it wide, and Abundes broke half the field in space before making a sublime offload to the hard working lock Barron in support, who finished the rest of the way.  In the dying seconds of the game, center Nico Sanchez picked off a Santa Cruz pass to score under the posts, Falkenhagen converted, and the game ended, 50-24 Stanford.

NinoStanford was strong in many facets, particularly showing some flair in finishing ability with long range tries.  However, penalties and loose ball handling seem to cost them possession and territory, often while they were moving forward.  The Stanford scrum also struggled at times, with senior props Dahlton Brown and Uche Omegara out with injury, and fellow senior front row Chris Herries having to leave the contest early with injury, the Stanford scrum was inconsistent.  Stanford will look to build on the win, and improve their performance in multiple facets, when they continue Conference play next Saturday when San Francisco State comes to Steuber Field.

In the reserve team game, Stanford showed flashes of brilliance, spreading the ball around and scoring from all over the field, while simultaneously showing defensive resoluteness, in route to a comprehensive 80-0 victory.  A strong performance from sophomore Jonnie Kipyator saw him tally 20 points, while senior Jimmy Callinan, a recent addition from the Stanford soccer team, showed outstanding elusiveness and finishing ability in completing a hat trick of tries within a ten minute period.

Next Up: Stanford (3-1/1-0) continues Pacific Western Conference play on Saturday 1/31 vs. San Francisco State at Steuber Rugby Stadium at 12pm.  Stanford will play a double header next weekend, welcoming in Colorado on Sunday 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. UC Santa Cruz:  1: Mitch Hokanson  2: Jeremy Kim (Captain)  3: Chris Herries (Patrick Crowley) 4: Alex Barron  5: Nick Perkins  6: Ian McColl (Sean Means)  7: Jovi Ripert  8: Rory Houghton-Berry 9: Alejandro Sanchez  10: Oscar Sandoval  11: Nino Abundes  12: Nico Sanchez 13: Wesley Greiner  14: Jack Chabolla  15: Sam Falkenhagen

Scoring Summary:  2: Stanford McColl Try ,  5: Santa Cruz Penalty, 21: Stanford Abundes Try (Falkenhagen Conversion), 34: Stanford A. Sanchez Try (Falkenhagen Conversion), 44: Stanford McColl Try, 49: Santa Cruz Try and Conversion, 53: Stanford Barron Try, 61: Santa Cruz Try and Conversion, 65: Stanford Hokanson Try (Falkenhagen Conversion), 70: Santa Cruz Try and Conversion, 74: Stanford Barron Try (Falkenhagen Conversion), 80: Stanford N. Sanchez Try (Falkenhagen Conversion)