Men’s Rugby Defeats Cal

 

 

The Saint Mary’s Gaels defeated the Cal Bears 21-12 in a gripping finale to their regular season. The No. 1 ranked Gaels matched up against their longtime rivals. Despite the matchup not being a conference game, it did determine who would most likely hold the No. 1 seed leading into the Round of 16 portion of playoffs.

Without forward Anthony Rodriguez and arguably their best player, 8-man Vili Helu, the Gaels fourth victory over the Bears in the past seven years is one of their biggest achievements of the season. Tavite Lopeti and Tom Brusati scored one try each for the Gaels, while Sean Yacoubian helped the Gaels with three penalty kicks and one conversion.

With the Gaels’ strong win over Cal, they secured the No. 1 seed and will match up against No. 16 seed Cal Poly on Saturday, April 14.

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