Gauchos Can't Break Mustangs

This article was written by Cal Poly's Trenton Yackzan.

Cal Poly Rugby made a statement this weekend, beating their rival UCSB 36-0 on Friday night. The rainy weather originally gave Poly slim hopes of playing on their home pitch, yet the elements aligned to allow for this greatly anticipated match to take place.

After warming up amidst the background music of a warm-up CD that included such hits as "One Night in Bangkok" and "Born to be Alive," the Mustangs were noticeably amped to begin the match. Within fifteen minutes Poly manufactured their first try of the match after Inside Center Luke Council dished the ball to Outside Center Jeff Van Meter, who hit a sizeable gap to high-step his way in for the score.

The score at half was 26-0.

The second half saw more scores, yet the game seemed to slow down a bit in pace. Van Meter added two more trys to the mix, Council added one of his own after pouncing on his own pop kick in an exciting score, and Kris "Osty" Osterloh posted a try of his own on the board. It should be noted that Wing Martine Phelan converted 4/5 kicks after trys scored and also added 3 more to the board on a kick for points.

Poly played a great game, especially in the forwards, considering the muddy conditions of the field. Even the ref complemented the forwards on a solid mauling game. Kudos to Poly on the win and big thanks to all of the parents who visited and/or donated this past weekend! Poly’s next match is in San Diego this weekend against UCSD.

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