March 2, 2011 - On Friday night, Saint Mary’s Gaels made a four hour drive to go face Cal Poly. Going into the game Coach Tim O’Brien told RugbyMag, “I don't see Cal Poly as an easy game at all, even if they are 1-2. Their pack is huge and they are very physical. They can cause you a lot of problems. I wouldn't look past them at all." With that in mind the Gael Ruggers went on head strong.
Returning to the game after a knee injury, Anthony Suzio joined the starters. Within ten minutes of playing time Tim Maupin made the first try followed by Max Heath’s kick giving the Gaels the upper hand to start off the game 7-0. Not long after Heath continued to kick the Gaels in better shape with his three point kick. Gael Ruggers continue head strong toward the win with Chad’s assisted kick to Mike Haley for his first try. With great team work Joe Brophy made a try off a ruck. The Gaels made their first line-out on the five with a drive from the whole team supporting Matt Crawford to his try. Before the half, Mike Haley made his way into the try zone for the second time off a scrum. At half the Gaels were leading 30-0 and ready for more in the second half.
Jake Holguin came out from second half ready for action by scoring his first try. Later on, Cal Poly managed to get themselves on the scoreboard by their first try. Jordan Bouey did not let that one try get into Cal Poly’s head, a few minutes later he scored for the Gaels as well. Not sure of who scored the last tries, but Gaels ending the game with a great win 57-12.
On Sunday, April 10, Saint Mary’s goes against their biggest rival, University of California. With the home court advantage the Gaels hope to get a big win!
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By Gabriella Gaytan - Mares