Cal Rugby Video: Bears Advance to National Semifinals by Beating Arizona

Cal meets Bay Area rival Saint Mary's next Saturday in Moraga with a berth in the finals at stake

Despite Cal's dominating performance in a 61-16 victory over visiting Arizona in Saturday's quarterfinal match of the national collegiate rugby playoffs, Bears coach Jack Clark did not seem overly pleased with his team's showing in the video above.

"I don't know how good our discipline was," Clark said. "We looked like we were the only team refereed out there. We gave up a lot of penalties and played 13 on 15 for a stretch."

Perhaps he knows the Bears will need to play better next Saturday when they face Saint Mary's in a national semifinal game on the Gaels' home field. Saint Mary's blew by BYU 71-12 in Saturday's second game at Cal's Witter Field, and the Gaels will provide a stern test for Cal.

Cal defeated Saint Mary's 29-19 on March 30, but that game was in Berkeley.

Cal struggled at the start of Saturday's game against Arizona, a team Cal defeated 55-13 on March 23. The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead with the benefit of two penalty kicks. But Arizona did not score again until 16 minutes remained in the game. By that time, the Berears (17-1) had the game well in hand.

The Bears got on the scoreboard on a try by Troy Lockyear 20 minutes into the first half, reducing the deficit to 6-5. Three minutes later, Lockyrear scored another to to put Cal ahead for good 10-6.

Nic Mirhashem scored with 12 minutes remaining in the first half to make it 15-6, and Henry Poon's try made it 20-6. Nathan Zylstra added a try in the final minute to give Cal a 25-6 halftime advantage.

Sam Cusano scored a try early in the second half for a 30-6 lead, which virtually iced the victory.

(Click here for a video of Sam Cusano's assessment of the game.)