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Match Report – SWR vs. Humboldt State

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Stanford 48 Humboldt State 17
Tries – S. Eagan (‘22), A. Park (‘20), L. Mendoza (‘22) x3, J. Hayward (‘19) x2, I. Anderson (‘21)
Conversions – A. Tallman (‘20) x 4


Stanford took the long drive to Arcata to take on Humboldt State this past weekend, looking to bounce back from last weeks defeat to Chico State. The Cardinal came a way with a vital victory in league play, looking to this Saturday’s game against Cal with a 1­1 record.
The game started well for Stanford: After soaking up some pressure from the big Humboldt pack, Junior Izabel Jo managed to steal the ball at a breakdown near Stanford’s try line and make a 40 meter run back the other way. Freshman Sally Eagan was on hand to scoop the ball up from the ensuing tackle and go in for her first try.
Humboldt came straight back and after repeated bruising runs by their big forwards they were able to punch in a try and convert to take a lead 7­5 this was closely followed by a second try for Humboldt and a 12­5 lead. This seemed to wake up Stanford who controlled possession for most of the first half, but unforced errors consistently undid all their hard work. With 5 minutes left in the half Junior Anna Park picked from the base of a scrum and barreled over from short range, Junior Avery Tallman converted to end a competitive first half at 12­12.
The second half got underway with Stanford energised by the late try in the first half. Stanford were able to control possession for long periods of tim, reducing their unforced errors, and opened up the game through some intelligent kicking. Early in the half, Freshman Leilani Mendoza, former USA rugby high school All­American, scored the first of her 3 tries (her first collegiate hat trick!) after some strong pick and goes by the forwards. Stanford maintained the pressure throughout the second half scoring 4 more unanswered tries: 2 more for Mendoza and one each for Senior Jett Hayward and Sophomore Isis Anderson. Tallman added 3 more conversions for a final score of 48­17.
Once again a number of players got to pull on the Cardinal jersey in meaningful competition for the first time, and these players continue to gain valuable experience.

Match Report – SWR vs. Chico

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Stanford 19 Chico 43
Tries – J. Hayward (‘19), K. Juarez-Rico (‘21), S. Els (‘21)
Conversions – 2 x A. Tallman (‘20)


On Saturday reigning National Spring Champions Chico State made the trip to the Steuber Stadium to take on Stanford Women’s Rugby in both teams’ first game of Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference West division play.

The game started with both teams struggling to generate much on attack as early season rustiness was evident. On the 20 minute mark Chico finally got the breakthrough and punched in a try out wide which they failed to convert making the score 5-0. Stanford did not take long to answer back and after a line break by junior Anna Park the forwards executed a series of “pick and gos” which saw senior Jett Hayward power over from close range for the try. Junior Avery Tallman added the conversion for Stanford to take a 7-5 lead. The game continued to be a tight affair with Chico managing to add one more try before the break. Halftime score was 12-7 with Chico ahead.

At the start of the second half, Stanford showed some great attacking intent and were quick to regain the lead, following some good continuous possession. sophomore Kim Juarez-Rico was able to get over the tryline,Tallman was able to add the conversion and take the score 14-12 Stanford.

Stanford then went into a second half lull, struggling to maintain possession and failing to contain Chico State’s All-Star Hannah Westfall, who was able to penetrate Stanford’s defense and distribute the ball effectively. Chico went on to score four unanswered tries and stretched out to a 38-14 lead. Stanford managed to hit back with a try from sophomore Sam Els before Chico punched one more try in for a final score of 43-19.

While this was not the result Stanford wanted on week 1 of league play it was great to see so many rookies take the field in new positions, which gives the Cardinal a lot to build upon for the rest of the season.

Photo credit: Hector Garcia Molina