In a game of beautiful intensity, if not always intense beauty, Cal defeated Kutztown University 10-5 in pool play at the 2013 CRC at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.
This game was between two teams that have championship aspirations, and it certainly brought all the fans at PPL Park into their seats to see the action. Kutztown shocked the other Golden Bears by running right down their throats early, and Jamie Gregory bulled through a couple of tacklers to score early.
But after that, Cal dominated possession, and only through some impressive defense did Kutztown keep it close.
Cal attacked doggedly throughout the rest of the first half, but thanks to a superb, try-saving tackle from Tim Acker, and some ill-advised runs into contact, California was held out and Kutztown led 5-0 at halftime.
In the second half Cal secured the ball and looked to have an overload on several occasions. But again the KU defense scrambled, and California set too many rucks, slowing their own attack.
Finally they did get on board, when Jake Anderson capped off a series where KU kept committing penalties. 5-5.
Kutztown got the ball back when Russell Webb's restart went out on the full, but Cal ramped up the intensity of their hits and jarred the ball loose. With time winding down Seamus Kelly and his backs orchestrated a run down the left side. No try but a scrum to Cal, and, again, a Kutztown penalty. Cal took the tap quickly, and Kelly bulled over in the corner.
That was it. Cal secured the ball and kicked it to touch when no more tries were on offer, and settled for a victory, if not a pretty one.
With this result, Cal moves to 2-0 and is in prime position to win their pool. Kutztown aren't out of it, and should expect a healthy points difference to carry them into the quarterfinals.
Tries: Anderson, Kelly