Match Report – SWR vs. Cal

Stanford 53 Cal 5
Tries – A. Park ‘20 X5, L. Mendoza ‘22 X2, K. Kidd “21 N. Edsall ‘20
Conversions – A. Tallman (‘20) x 4

 

This past Saturday, Stanford Women hosted Cal Women’s rugby on parents weekend at The Farm, in hopes of impressing their friends and family, and they certainly did not disappoint.
Cal were the first to strike when on their first possession they spun the ball wide and went in under the posts after only 5 minutes of play. This clearly woke up the Cardinal who responded almost instantly with a try by Junior # 8 Anna Park, this was to be the first of Park’s 5 tries on the day. In the first half the Stanford forwards put on a dominant display through strong runs, pick and goes and powerful scrummaging which made Park’s life easy and saw her score 3 more tries in the first half, Junior Avery Tallman added one conversion for a halftime score of 22­5.
In the second half it was more of the same from Stanford with the backs also getting involved with the scoring. A strong run by Park and a linebreak from Senior Jett Hayward saw Freshman scrumhalf Leilani Mendoza run an excellent support line to finish the break and go in under the posts. Five minutes later Mendoza was on the score sheet again when she took a quick tap penalty and went under the posts untouched with Tallman adding the conversions.
Junior Wing Nicole Edsall added another try, using her fancy footwork on the blindside to dance her way through a number of Cal defenders to get into the corner of the try zone. Sophomore outside center Kennedy Kidd rounded out the scoring, after passing to Mendoza she followed her pass and received the ball back on the loop, she accelerated away from the defense to dot down under the posts. Tallman added the conversion for a final score of 53­5
Stanford now finish the season with 2 tough away games. First up is the trip to UC Davis this Friday night where the Cardinal will seek to reverse the narrow 2 point loss from earlier in the season.

SWR vs. Cal Match Report

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Stanford 33 Cal 7
Tries – I. Jo ‘20, J. Hayward ‘19, A. Park ‘20, T. Balabanis ‘19, A. Hansen, ‘21
Conversions – A. Tallman (‘20) x 4

 

Stanford travelled to Cal this past weekend for a Pacific Mountain Rugby Conference fixture. The game was played in rough conditions with heavy rain, wind and low temperatures limiting the ability to play open expansive rugby.
The Cardinal adjusted their game plan to suit the weather and were able to control possession for large portions of the game. After only 10 minutes Stanford got their first try after a series of short picks from the base of the ruck. Junior Izzy Jo was able to power over from close range. Junior Avery Tallman added the conversion for a 7­0 lead. This was how the rest of the first half played out, neither team was able to move the ball very wide due to the extreme weather conditions. It was Stanford’s strong forward picks that gave them the upper hand and 2 more tries before the half from Senior Jett Hayward and Junior Anna Park. Stanford went into halftime break with a 19­0 lead.
The second half was more of the same with neither side able to move the ball wide. Stanford continued with their picking game and also with some well­timed and well­placed kicks to keep the pack moving forward. Once in the opposition 22 Stanford utilized the strong pick and go game and were rewarded with 2 more tries from Senior Tatiana Balabanis and Sophomore Aneka Hansen. Tallman added the conversions to bring the score to 33­0. Cal hit back with a late converted try and ended the game in the Stanford 22 exerting pressure.
Stanford have a big weekend ahead with a double header at home against UC Davis at 7pm on Friday evening (February 8) and then against Humboldt at 11am on Sunday (February 10).

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.