Can Cal Rugby complete its postseason revenge tour by beating undefeated Navy for the 2023 D1A College Rugby 15s National Championship today?
Golden Bears have already defeated SMC and BYU (after breaking the three-match losing streak against Cal Poly) to win the West. Navy gave Cal its first loss of the season in a tight match in Annapolis, MD. Cal Bears have since played better, particularly in the second half in this postseason run, and even got healthier.
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ROLL ON YOU BEARS!
Sadly, CAL was the more powerful team but committed WAY too many unforced errors (leading to turnovers) inside of 10 meters of the end zone. Whether we had untimely fumbles, knock ons, or committed penalties, it was the difference in the game. I've said this year that Navy plays a more disciplined and smarter game, but even they had their share of unforced errors yesterday, just not near as many as CAL.
I got to watch the last 25 mins of the game w my son who played football at Navy and is now learning to fly Navy P-8s (737s), during my visit to him in Jacksonville, FL. So even though Cal lost, I still won….
It's over...Navy wins
78' huge Cal mistake on the lineout and it's a turnover
75' Cal got the ball on the attack inside Navy's 22-meter
69' Navy goes ahead with a try
67' It looks like Navy was going to score a try but was just short. Cal then was able to hold the ball up.
65' Bad turnover by Cal but able to defend aa counterattack just in time
62' Navy got a try via the rolling maul
20 minutes (last quarter essentially) left
57' HUGE try line stand by Cal!
52' Joe Kirsten (who appeared to be hurt in the BYU match but back in the starting lineup) scored the try. Max Schumacher made the tough conversion.
Cal 22, Navy 14
47' Another Cal turnover while deep in Navy territory
45' ugh, Cal let a golden opportunity go to waste...a knock-on (turnover) right at the try line
2nd half is underway
Um...Cal's logo is gold on RED? WTF Rugby Network?
Coach Clark is not amused.
At the half: Cal 15, Navy 14
Navy got a try and conversion just before the half
36' Penalty kick opportunity for Navy but they missed it
30' Navy answers with a try and conversion. It's now 15-7 Cal.
23' Schumacher converts a penalty, Cal is now up 15-0
Cal is ahead 12-0 in the 23rd minute on two tries. The match started a bit late.