Rugby: Bears set for national semifinal at Witter

Fourth-ranked Cal (17-2) will face No. 8 Central Washington (14-0) on Saturday at Witter Rugby Field in the Varsity Cup National Championships semifinal.

The match will begin at 1:30 p.m., just after the Cal football spring game, allowing fans to take in both events.

The winner of the Cal-CWU game will advance to the national championship game, May 3 at Salt Lake City, Utah, against the winner of Navy-BYU.

Cal advanced to the semifinal round with a 41-0 win over UCLA in the Super Regional, while Central Washington edged Utah 25-24 to reach the semifinals for the second straight season.

“Central Washington has a strong side as evidenced by their undefeated record,” Cal coach Jack Clark said. “We’re not undefeated, we have flaws, but we believe if we get it right on the day, we can beat them.”

Cal has won 26 national titles in rugby 15s since 1980, but BYU is the two-time defending champion, including a 27-24 victory over the Bears last season. Cal and BYU have met in the national title game seven of the past eight years, with the Bears prevailing in five of those.

Saturday’s game will be streamed live on Pac-12.com.

Tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $5 for youth 12-19 and seniors 65-plus, and free for Cal students and active military. A free shuttle will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., originating at the Underhill Lot on Channing Street between College & Bowditch.

Jeff Faraudo

  • sunshipballoons

    “Cal and BYU have met in the national title game seven of the past eight years”

    And people complain about the dominance of a few schools in D-I football.

  • Larry

    Go Bears!

  • GoBears49

    So what is the win – loss record over those seven years?

  • sunshipballoons

    Cal won all but two, assuming you’re counting the Varsity Cup as of 2013, instead of the USA Rugby Championship. (And it’s actually 9 of the past 10 years — every year back to 2004, except 2012, when BYU beat Ark. State.)

    Cal also won one of the two the 7s championships last year.