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B.A. Baracus Tournament Report

posted Jan 10, 2015, 8:02 PM by Timothy Cohen

The Stanford GSB Rugby club began the 2015 campaign with a quality start by participating in a friendly tournament hosted by B.A. Baracus club in San Francisco today. Working off a two month break and with only one week of practice, the GSB team went 1-1-1 with a squad of only 17 players and a great turnout from some old boys.

Special thanks to Paul, Hoffman, Benton, Doctor Mike, and Lippert.

Stanford 14 - B.A. Baracus 14

Dusking off the cobwebs from the winter break, the team had a slow start with some quality back play and hard play from the forwards. Despite an unheralded mental error by Ian Osband which cost a try, GSB was able to go into the half up 7 - 0 as newcomer Kenny Healy scored an electrifying try in the corner off an Osband kick.

In the second half, Baracus pushed it to their forwards and were able to take a 14-7 lead with only a few minutes to play. However, some great back play and some last minute heroics by Osband led to a a try right before the final whistle resulting in a 14-14 tie.

Chico State 29 - Stanford 19 

Forced to play right after the first match, the GSB took on a young Chico State squad with size in their second match of the day. Despite being undersized, the GSB pack played the younger Chico State squad hard coming up with several try line stands. The match was a back and forth affair with the final score being determined in the last ten minutes. The match was highlighted by a beautiful run by inside center-turned-second rower Peter Chadri.

Stanford 24 - B.A. Baracus 17

In the final match of the day, the GSB once again took on the B.A. Baracus squad with only 15 players fit enough to enter the pitch. Despite some fatigue and age setting in, the GSB started off hot and never looked back during the match. Clean balls out of the scrums and rucks allowed the superior GSB backline to wreak havoc on Baracus. Baracus attempted a comeback at the end as GSB was down to 14 and then 13 players, but the GSB was able to hold them off to secure the win and end on a promising note.

Overall, the day was a great step forward for the club as we advance onto the Vegas Sevens tournament in February and Duke in April.