December 6, 2008— Saint Mary’s beat Sacramento in the opening round of the Northern California season on Saturday. “It was a 36-14 win for the a side, and a 22-17 win for the bside,” reported team president, Blake McGhan.
American Rugby News reported on the game-- In the California capitol, the Gaels opened a 19-7 halftime lead over the Hornets and didn’t let up through the second frame.
The home team made too many costly mistakes that allowed the visitors to stamp their authority on the game. “Saint Mary’s is the only team that I haven’t beaten in our Division I competition in northern California, other than Cal of course, since I’ve been coaching,” Sacramento State head coach Chris Miller told ARN. “They’re smart, they know when to take risks, and they just capitalized on our mistakes.”
Saint Mary’s put in three tries in each half, while Sac State scored a try in each period, one by flanker and captain Joe Romo, and the other by hooker Christopher Turner. It was the first loss of the season for Sac State, which had earlier beaten Arizona 22-5 and then San Francisco State 137-0 in the preseason. -ARN
The Gaels return to Moraga to prepare for academic finals and their December 13th match up with Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.