CAL PREVIEW: BEARS AND CATS MEET IN TOP TEN CLASH

 

 #10 Arizona vs #4 Cal

Saturday February 17

William David Sitton Field

2:00 PM MST

 

 

 

 

Karl Steffany and the Wildcats are on a roll heading in to this weekend's clash with Cal. (Photo credit: Nikki Adams)

February 15- Arizona puts their undefeated record on the line this Saturday, welcoming #4 Cal to Tucson for a major conference showdown at Sitton Field. #10 Arizona is riding high following last week, when they took down then #12 Utah 70-19 to move to 3-0 on the season. The Wildcats have named the side that will take on Cal, with an unchanged starting side from the one that ran in 11 tries last weekend.

Fresh off his selection as Collegiate Player of the Week by FloRugby, Fullback Kyle Rogers captains the team and leads a potent back line for the home side. Tom Molloy continues to make his presence felt and Inside Center, pairing with Ben Joseph to give the WIldcats a balanced attacking duo. In the Forwards, Vice Captain Sean Coleman leads an athletic group that will take on the Cal Forwards, with last week's strong performance from players like Sinclair Clinton and Karl Steffany key to the victory over the Utes. The reserves will feature two changes this week, as Flanker Zach Heisterkamp moves in to the 23-man side along with Center Luke Thayer. 

The match will see the first time in recent history that both teams are ranked in the top ten, with the inside track towards the conference championship on the line. "Great week of training, guys switched on, being professional on and off the field, we'd be daft to think that we can take a week off in this conference. Saturday will be fun" said Head Coach Sean Duffy. The last time the Wildcats took on the Bears was in the Sevens format, when Arizona defeated Cal to win their first PAC Sevens Conference title. 

Arizona Second XV will take on Cal Second XV immediately following the match, putting their own undefeated record on the line immediately following the first side match. 

Gates open at 1:30 PM with tickets $7 for adults, $5 for Arizona students with a Catcard, and free admission for children 12 and under. 

First XV vs Cal

1- Steven Branham

2- Zach Biggs

3- Karl Steffany

4- Sean Coleman (VC)

5- Bronson Teles

6- Sinclair Clinton

7- Ben Scoular

8- Fabian Lumsden

9- Matt Rogers

10- Anton Grigoriou

11- Dante Weeks

12- Tom Molloy

13- Ben Joseph

14- Ryan Hudson

15- Kyle Rogers (C)

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16- Chris McBride

17- Hector Ramirez

18- Cody Hunt

19- Tyler Hansen

20- Zach Heisterkamp

21- Jonah Eldridge

22- Luke Thayer

23- Lucas Bartzis

Second XV vs Cal Second XV

1- Hector Ramirez

2- Chris McBride

3- Cody Hunt

4- Alex Rayton

5- Tyler Hansen (C)

6- Riley Kerr

7- Zach Heisterkamp

8- Bobby Butchofsky

9- Jonah Eldridge

10- Robert Figley

11- Jack San Pietro

12- Luke Thayer

13- Lucas Bartzis (VC)

14- Lou MacLaughlin

15- Jon Rogers

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16- Gabe Coray-Dozier

17- Chaz Huntsman

18- Reed Hirshman

19- Carter Harris

20- Steven Rohde

21- Tanner Davison

22- Kyle Fulton

23- George Niethammer

 

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