Longtime Cal rugby coach Jack Clark talks in this video about Arizona, which will face the Bears in the national collegiate quarterfinal game at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Cal’s Witter Rugby Field.
The second quarterfinal game at Witter will pit Saint Mary’s against BYU, with Cal and Saint Mary’s expected to advance to face each other in the national semifinals next Saturday in Moraga. The winner of that game will face the winner of the East Regional tournament in a May 4 national championship game in Santa Clara.
The Bears are expected to get past the Wildcats since Cal defeated Arizona 55-13 on March 23 in Berkeley. Cal (16-1) is unbeaten against American college teams this season, but Clark does not expect his team to be overconfident against Arizona.
Clark said he plans to shake up the lineup against the Wildcats, partly to give more players an opportunity to participate in a meaningful game, but also to allow several would-be starters to rest for next weekend’s expected clash with the Gaels.
Cal won its round-of-16 game against UC Davis 141-3 last weekend, while Arizona advanced with a 28-19 victory over Central Washington.
Cal has been the nation’s dominant college rugby team for years, winning 33 championship since the national collegiate championships for rugby began in 1980. However, the Bears did not win last season, losing in the title game to Life, one of the favorites in the East Regional.
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