Los Angeles – The University of California capped off their fall 7s season with a victory at the PAC Sevens Tournament Sunday.
Over the two-day tournament, Cal finished 6-0, including a 22-0 shutout of UCLA in the final.
"I am very proud of our boys,” said Head Coach Jack Clark. “So many excellent individual performances. I told them afterwards how pleased they should be with their mentality. They were really focused operators over the two days. We targeted the conference tournament as the championship we wanted. All of our planning and preparation were aimed at this weekend, so it's gratifying to pull it off."
California got two tries in the final from fall 7s captain Jake Anderson and shut down a Bruins team that had entered Sunday with the tourney's best points differential. Over the course of the tournament, Cal scored 233 points and gave up 24, while UCLA scored 184 and gave up 32 - all 32 points were in the final two matches.
Oregon State defeated Arizona State for 3rd. The final placings were:
1. Cal, 2. UCLA, 3. Oregon State, 4. Arizona State, 5. Colorado, 6. Washington, 7. Oregon, 8. Arizona, 9. Stanford, 10. USC.
"It was a really determined weekend overall, a strong and positive performance topped off by a very good defensive effort in the final," said Anderson. “We left a couple of tries unscored with errors of our own, but we tackled very well and stayed determined.”
Among those determined efforts was Josh Tucker’s, whose unflappable defense out wide stymied his winger counterpart Seb Sharpe and other Bruins on multiple occasions.
“I had great help inside and was happy to be successful in those moments,” Tucker said.
"We knew it would be a highly spirited final," added coach Tom Billups. "The goal coming in this fall was to win this tournament."
To reach the final, the Bears dispatched Oregon State, 42-7, on the semifinal on six tries, including a pair from Andre Coquillard.
The next 7s competition for Cal will be at the 2014 Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia, held May 30-June 1 at PPL Park and televised by NBC. The Bears will be making their fifth trip to that event having won their first national 7s title at last year's CRC.
Cal will resume team training this week on Witter Rugby Field in ongoing preparations for the spring 15s season, which commences in January and concludes in May at the Varsity Cup national championships.
"On this team it's always on to the next job," Anderson said. "We'll be back to work soon getting ready to open our 15s season."