In news that will not surprise anyone, California's Golden Bears rugby 7s teams are PAC conference champions! This is the seventh victory in the last eight years for Jack Clark's legendary team.
The Bears started the game Saturday by sweeping all three of our games and advancing to the semifinals on Sunday against UC L.A. Bruins. Plagued by injuries, things looked rough for California as we drew 12-10 at the break, but were able to run back with a last-minute attempt at the 20-19 victory. (Mirror the end result of our football victory over the Washington Huskies.)
The Finals have the same match-up for three years running now – the Bears against the Arizona Wildcats. With a new strategy and line-up to meet our injuries, California was able to walk away with the 24–7 victory and the title of conference champions.
"One of the biggest things that helped us win this tournament was the inexperienced guys who emerged and became comfortable in their roles," (junior Sam) Golla said. "In the final, we were able to outmuscle Arizona."
"It was a gutsy second day for us," head coach Jack Clark said. “Because of our injuries, we needed to field another team and play differently. The team was excellent at adapting. It was a great way to end the fall competition. "
The Rugby 7s team ended the season with a 15-4 record and the PAC 7s championship. Clark and the Bears will certainly be looking to continue this success with the traditional 15-player game of the spring season.
Congratulations and go bears!