1/15/2011--Three action packed rugby games added to the electricity of the spring like day in Moraga on Saturday. In the first game, between SMC's C Side and Stanford's B's, the Cardinal looked to be the stonger of the match up in the first ten minutes, but then the Gael youngsters got themselves together and began to take charge, leading to a 24-5 halftime advantage.

The second half both teams scored several times but the Gaels were in good stride by then and won handily, 48-24.

The second match pitted the Saint Mary’s A Side against Stanford's Division 1 A Side. With lots of breakaways by our backs, several players participated in the scoring spree, beating the Cardinal 77-7. Tim Maupin, playing at wing, made two tries (at least) on long runs, and added lots of additional yardage for the Gaels.

The final match of the day, which I expected would be a real barn-burner, didn't disappoint the fans, in terms of excitement.  Sierra College, a community college in Rocklin outside of Sacramento, has given our Freshmen and Sophomore teams more than we could handle for three years. They have steadily built a Division II powerhouse that is clearly now ready for Division I entry, probably next season. They had already beaten Stanford themselves, and yesterday's match against our successful B Side meant a lot  to both teams.  Sierra College scored two tries in the first thirteen minutes to take a 14-0 lead.

The Gaels scored  two unconverted tries to bring the halftime score to 10-19. We all looked for a big second half for the Gaels, but Sierra came out of the break hungrier than the Gaels and scored two quick tries in the first five minutes, to increase their lead to 33-10. The hole looked too deep to climb out of, and it was.  While our guys made a valiant, last ten minute surge with three tries, they still lost it 33-29.

Next week the Gaels travel to Sacramento State for B and C Side games, and an A Side game against the San Jose Seahawks, a men's club.

Story Excerpts from Game Notes, by Bob Schnetz, Gael Photo by Sheri Batten

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