Bears' Underclassmen Notch 35-7 Win Over Sierra

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Hat tricks have not been hard to come by for the Cal rugby team. In last week's shutout of UC Davis, seniors Tom Rooke and Blaine Scully crossed the goal line thrice.

On Saturday against Sierra College with the veterans not playing, sophomore back Jared Braun very quickly joined the hat trick club.

Braun made his trips to the try zone within the first 23 minutes of the game. No one else managed to score during that span, aside from sophomore fullback Andre Coquillard, who converted all of Braun's tries. Through the rain and wind in Rocklin, Calif., Coquillard logged a perfect 5-for-5 conversion rate.

Points were hard to come by outside of Braun's contributions, but the Bears overcame the Wolverines, 35-7, in an exclusively underclassmen match.

Sophomore prop Tanner Mohr joined Braun as the only player to find the try zone in the first half, crossing the line in the 34th minute. After Coquillard put the ball through the uprights, Cal had a 28-0 advantage.

The Bears retained that lead until the 44th minute when Sierra's Jeremy Janke notched the Wolverines' lone try of the afternoon. Keenan Mayfield converted to cut the deficit to 28-7.

Match day captain Jason Fry logged more than just participation with his 59th-minute converted try to produce the final score.

Sierra's seven points were the first points that Cal has allowed since the first half of the game against British Columbia on Feb. 19.

The Bears will now trek to Vancouver for a rematch of that 21-13 thriller to take place on Thursday at 3 p.m. The match will decide the World Cup between the two schools, with Cal holding an eight-point advantage over the Thunderbirds.

Christina Jones covers rugby. Contact her at [email protected]

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