Stanford Men’s Rugby traveled to take on University of Arizona on Saturday, January 20. It was the first hit out of the season and the Cardinal were looking to develop their squad before heading into Pacific Western Conference play. The match started well with Cale Williams ’19 making the best of a rushing Wildcat defense to pick his way for an early try. Unfortunately, this was the bright spark of the first half, as Arizona was able to apply pressure with strong running forwards and long kicking backs. The halftime score was 37-7.
After the halftime, break Stanford played strong defense forcing Arizona to use the boot to keep the scoreboard moving. Throughout the game, Stanford had patches of strong play mixed with early season struggles. The inconsistency allowed Arizona to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Although down, the Cardinal never gave up with Charles Vidrine ’19 punching in a try from a patient build-up and rookie Victor Yin ’21 rounding out the game with a try in the corner.
First XV 17 – 74 University of Arizona
Tries: C. Williams, C. Vidrine, V. Yin
Conv: C. Williams
Stanford rookies got their first opportunity to pull on the cardinal jersey this past Fridayas they hosted Point Loma Nazarene University.
It was great to see the new players putting all their hard work at practice into action on the field. In all 12 players got their first taste of action on Steuber field. It was a great contest with Stanford going down 10-0 at the half. Stanford used the halftime to regroup and 2 quick tries in the second half from Ryan Crowley and Charles Vidrine saw them take a 12-10 lead. The game was back and forth for most of the second half but with 10 mins left Point Loma managed to punch in another try. Stanford hit back instantly with a try from Cale Williams putting the score at 17-15 with only 5 mins to play, however with Stanford piling on the pressure near the point Loma Tryline and looking like sealing the game a loose pass was pounced on by Point Loma and they were able to break away and score a last minute try to seal the game at 20-17.
This was a very competitive 1st match match for our new players and their performances bodes well for the future.
At a very wet Steuber Stadium, Stanford Rugby hosted the University of Arizona as they look to develop relationships with PAC Rugby teams. With both teams adapting to the wet weather, there was some open and expansive rugby that was matched with strong defense. Stanford looked to build the pressure, but faced a torrid time with an Arizona defense adept at contesting the ball. In the end, the spirited affair finished with Arizona running out winners 25-12.