USA Rugby has come out with their selection of their “All Forwards & All Backs Playoff Team”
The two teams continued to batter each other, neither one able gain any real type of edge. Penalties galore on both sides stopped several drives and in fact were responsible for all the scoring in the first half. Life went up 3-0 with a penalty kick but the score was quickly tied when Dylan Audsley slotted one of his own for Saint Mary’s. Life would add one more penalty directly before the half and the score stood at 6-3 Life. Read more here.
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Men's Division I-A National Championship Information
Saint Mary's College vs. Life University 7:00pm
Venue: Steuber Rugby Stadium 667 Masters Mall Stanford, CA 94305
Tickets: $10 Cash - Tickets only available at the gate
The rematch to decide D1A’s 2014 National Champion will kick off at 7:00 P.M. PT at Stanford’s Steuber Rugby Stadium on May 10, and will be streamed live on USA Rugby TV.
May 3, 2014 | SMC vs Lindenwood | Win 72 -7
Saint Mary’s has been putting up monster numbers and beating teams by wide margins all season. That trend has continued into the playoffs, as the Gaels demolished fellow California Conference member Santa Clara 103-10 in last Saturday’s second round matchup.
Lindenwood is hoping to buck that trend when it rolls into Moraga, Calif., for its May 3 Semifinal match against Saint Mary’s.
SMC vs. Lindenwood | May 3, 2014 | 1:00pm | Pat Vincent Rugby Field
The Gael's won 70-5 against Santa Clara to wrap up their season. Santa Clara came out strong, scoring the first points of the game but our superior skill soon won out. Read more here.
Saint Mary’s was steadfast in defense and critical in attack — taking its chances when they came and ensuring that the Bears were unable to convert possession into points. Read more here.
In what was undoubtedly their best performance of the season so far, the Saint Mary’s Rugby team dominated previously #1 ranked Cal Saturday afternoon, winning 55-31. In this highly anticipated matchup between the #1 ranked Golden Bears and the #4 ranked Gaels, Saint Mary’s scored early and scored often to jump out to a huge lead that proved insurmountable. “This was a huge game for Cal Rugby.” said Saint Mary’s Coach Tim O’Brien. “Coming off their loss to University of British Colombia we knew they really wanted this game so for us to play as well as we did was very impressive. Cal is a team that score on you in a second, and I thought we did a great job of playing solid team defense and competing. Our guys hung in there and whenever Cal made a play we were able to answer.” Read more here
Forced to play a man down for 10 crucial minutes, Saint Mary’s fought valiantly and actually gained ground cutting the lead to 11 at 27-18 on a try by Michael McCarthy. This would be as close as the Gaels would get however, later adding a penalty kick by Audsley but never again making it a one score game. Read more here.
On a cold and muddy day in Moraga, the Saint Mary’s Rugby team continued their great
start by defeating Cal Poly 36-5. With the win the Gaels improve to 2-0 in Division 1-A matches
and to 9-0 since the start of 2014. Read More here.
Gael's Struggle Early but Finish Strong in Dominant Win
With the win Saint Mary’s continues their great start to the season, which has now included wins over three very tough men’s club teams as well. They will look to keep their streak of solid play going next week in a showdown at home against Cal Poly. Read more here.
Saint Mary's moved up to #1 after toppling defending Varsity Cup champ BYU. The Gaels have earned the top billing, not just by beating the Cougars, but by beating two of the best men's clubs in the country. Read more here.
Saint Mary's Notches Huge Win Against BYU.
MORAGA, Calif. – The notable winning streak Saint Mary’s has been on thus far in 2014 became that much more impressive after posting a 30-24 victory over Brigham Young University Feb. 15.
The Gaels have repeatedly challenged themselves over the first month and a half of the new year, including wins against Division I clubs San Francisco Golden Gate and Olympic Club, but the visiting Cougars presented their biggest test to date. Read more here.
MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary’s rugby team wrote another chapter in its storied history Saturday, downing No. 1-ranked BYU 30-24 at Pat Vincent Field.
With the win, Saint Mary’s once again firmly established itself as one of the pre-eminent rugby programs in the nation. The No. 6-ranked Gaels avenged one of their three losses from last year, and beat the team that Rugby Magazine had ranked best in the nation coming into the game.
“There is a perception of us as a run and gun team.” said Gaels coach Tim O’Brien. “We are a punch you in the mouth type of team. We believe that we can play with anybody in the nation.”
Saint Mary’s is an elite rugby program, and its 2014 schedule reflects that. In addition to the Bay Area rivalry match against Cal, Saint Mary’s has added a home-and-away against BYU this season. The Gaels have been dominant thus far in 2014, and it remains to be seen if anyone from the California Conference will be able to give them a true test. BYU, on the other hand, will be giving Saint Mary’s all it can handle in its trip to Moraga, Calif. A split in the series would not be surprising, especially if the Gaels can hold serve this weekend playing on their own campus.
Head Coach Tim O’Brien’s squad is once again one of the best teams in the country. That is a statement rugby fans expect out of the 2013 D1A National Championship runner-up. Still, the loss of four graduated USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans could stall the momentum of even the sturdiest of programs.
Instead of taking a step backwards, it seems as though Saint Mary’s is as strong as ever. After winning the highly competitive Battle in the Bay Sevens Tournament, Saint Mary’s played its way to the Cup Final of the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship. Although they lost to Arkansas State, the Gaels’ extremely skilled backline was on display all weekend in Greensboro, N.C., and the rest of college rugby took notice. Read more here...
MORAGA, Calif. – Saint Mary’s College did not wait long into the new calendar year to show it is once again equipped to play for a USA Rugby Men’s Division 1A National Championship. During a three-week stretch beginning Jan. 4, the Gaels A side defeated five teams, all but one in a crushing fashion. Read more here...
This matched proved to be the most significant for Gael Rugby over the years. Dylan Audsley had a record performance converting 13 of the 14 tries during the match. Big plays were made by individual efforts as well as the offensive and defensive excellence. View the Game Day Program here.
The Gaels pulled one out of the fire! And believe me, it was hot on the pitch today with both sides giving it all they had in a hard fought battle between our Gaels and Olympic Club. Kingsley McGowan and Garrett Brewer combined for an 80 yard try with McGowan making the break for about 40yds, then passing at just the right moment to Brewer who once again headed for the corner try line, with two defenders in chase, to put it down with no time left on the clock, breaking a 29-29 tie. Check out photos here.
The St. Mary's Collegeof California Men's team completed their short tour of Arizona with a 59-19 defeat of Arizona State Sunday. The Gaels B side won 45-10 St. Mary's were once again out wide with Garrett Brewer, newly-installed as flyhalf this season, having yet another solid game organizing the attack.
The Gaels played two games against the Arizona Wildcats and dominated every second. The first game with Arizona JV team ended in a 46 -3 victory for SMC and the second game against the Wildcat Varsity team ended in a 76-10 win.
The first match was a full 80 minutes with mostly Gael B side players in the first half, and C Side players in the second half. Read more about all three games here.
Saturday's three matches for our Gaels provided opportunitites for all players to get some solid game action on a beautiful day. It was gratifying to see the bleachers full and plenty of folks on the sidelines enjoying the start of the 2014 season.
USA Rugby Article by Alex Solomon
Our Saint Mary’s College Gael 7’s team won the Long Beach State Tournament.
The Gaels beat San Diego State University. 40 to 0 in the Final. In the Semi, they dominated
Santa Clara University 17-5. The team went 6 and 0 this weekend. The 7's Rugby record for Fall 2013 is 21W - 2L
This team is finishing this season with two firsts place tournament championships , and two third place finishes.
This is a rreat record to take into the National Championships on Nov 23 and 24 in Greensboro, SC.