REMATCH IN BERKELEY FOR FINAL FOUR BERTH

Arizona vs Cal

National Quarterfinal

1:00 PM

Witter Field

 

 

Robert Figley hopes to continue his strong form in Berkeley this Saturday. (Photo credit: Maureen Hulsey)

April 18- The Wildcats have named the side for Saturday's national quarterfinal in Berkeley where they will take on Cal in a rematch from last month's regular season clash.

Arizona will be led by Captain Bronson Teles, who moves in to the captaincy for the injured Matt Rogers. The Wildcats have made few changes from last week's victory over Central Washington in the first round as they hope to continue their playoff form.

Up front, Head Coach Sean Duffy has kept the Forwards lineup together, relying on the experience of Teles, Fabian Lumsden, and Sinclair Clinton to lead the way. "Those three are huge for us, from the dirty work they do, to their set piece, to the tempo they bring to training, they're setting the right example" said Duffy.

In the backline the dangerous Kyle Fulton moves back in to the lineup after a strong few weeks, while Robert Figley pairs with Jonah Eldridge in the halfbacks. Lou MacLaughlin moves in to the Vice Captain's role and looks to continue his strong form from the season. A number of players played key roles off the bench in last week's victory and many are again ready if called upon, including Lock Tyler Hansen and Flanker Zach Heisterkamp. 

 

For the Wildcats, Saturday marks a chance to avenge one of their two losses on the season and their third appearance in the quarterfinals in the past four seasons. "Look Cal is a good team, but we felt we underperformed against them and they exposed weaknesses that we hope to have fixed. Now we roll in with a rare chance to see if we've been successful in fixing those weaknesses" said Duffy. A victory on Saturday would advance Arizona to their first national semifinal since 2017. 

Saturday's match will be carried live by FloRugby and be the first of two regional finals. #2 seed Saint Mary's will clash with #3 BYU immediately following Arizona-Cal. In the east regional, #1 Life meets #4 Navy while #2 Lindenwood takes on #3 Arkansas State. The national semifinal and final will be carried by CBS Sports Network.

Arizona First XV vs Cal

1. Braeden Looper

2. Zach Biggs

3. Theo Smith

4. Billy Esposito

5. Bronson Teles (C)

6. Sinclair Clinton

7. Ben Scoular

8. Fabian Lumsden

9. Jonah Eldridge

10. Robert Figley

11. Garrett Walker

12. Lou MacLaughlin

13. Lucas Bartzis

14. Kyle Fulton

15. George Niethammer

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16. Chris McBride

17. Chaz Huntsman

18. Ryan Thompson

19. Tyler Hansen

20. Zach Heisterkamp

21. Sidney Shoop

22. Matthew Start

23. Jack San Pietro

 

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