All Blues vs. ORSU (9/9/2017)

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This past Saturday, the All Blues took on Portland's ORSU at home. The match was hosted by the wonderful San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Club on Treasure Island. Kickoff was at 12PM, and conditions were much more favorable over the previous weekend, with a high of 75F and a forecast of partly cloudy skies. 

The game started a little slow for the All Blues, with ORSU scoring their first try within the first 5 minutes (no conversion). As the first quarter of the game continued, it was concentrated mostly on the home side of the field, leaving the All Blues on the defensive. A second try by ORSU was held up by the home team at the 10 minute mark, and the All Blues continued to try to fight back. Unfortunately, at 17 minutes, the All Blues succumbed to a second try by ORSU (still no conversion). Trailing behind 10 to 0, a great change of pace was made as number 6, Christina Ramos, took a 60-meter run for the first try of the afternoon for the All Blues. Shortly after, a second try for the All Blues was made by number 10, Bulou Mataitoga, ending the first half with a great deal of momentum for the home team.

As the second half began, the game was tied, 10 to 10, with no conversions made on either side. After the kickoff, it was clear that there had been a change in the direction of the game. Within minutes, Flyhalf Mataitoga ran in a third try for the All Blues (no conversion), her second of the day. This was followed immediately by two quick back-to-back tries for the All Blues. The first of these was touched down by number 8, Delaney Chapman, a former San Francisco Golden Gate player. It was converted by number 15, Sam Miller. A quick fifth try was run in after by the forward pack, including number 7, Cassandra "Tard" Tong, and touched down by number 3, Allie Byrne (no conversion). Ahead by 17, the All Blues continued to play hard against ORSU. A great run by Mataitoga with an offload to number 21, Emma Harbidge, scored the seventh and final try of the match for the All Blues.

The game ended with a final score of 32 to 10 for the All Blues. Particularly outstanding performances were made by number 8 (Delaney Chapman) and number 10 (Bulou Mataitoga).

Written by Elena Cuadros

Match Report: Home Opener vs. SFGG

 The Berkeley All Blues DII side played their second game of the season and first home game against San Francisco Golden Gate this past Saturday on Treasure Island. The All Blues started the game with fourteen players and were playing down four by halftime due to injuries and a lack of substitute players.

San Francisco Golden Gate scored within the first ten minutes and made the conversion, bringing the score to 0-7 early in the game. The All Blues slugged through the first half, suffering three injuries that left the team with eleven players on the field. Two more SF Golden Gate tries brought the score to 0-22 by halftime.

The first few tries scored after halftime were San Francisco Golden Gate’s, in spite of the All Blues efforts to maintain a strong and impenetrable defensive line. Berkeley’s first try of the day came late into the second half and was touched down by captain Bridget DeSantis. After another try by SF GG, center Bulou Mataitoga scored the All Blues’ second try. The last twenty minutes showed marked progress and extraordinary effort on behalf of the All Blues, with the final score at 14-48. Loosehead prop Kat Telles earned forward of the match for her high work rate and sense of urgency and wing Jessica Oya earned back of the match for her try-saving open field tackles.

Despite injuries and numbers, the All Blues put up a tenacious fight for the duration of the 80 minute game, showing strength of character and heart. The score was ultimately not a reflection of the relentless spirit of the team and if the improvement between the All Blues’ first and second games of the season is any indication, there are better games ahead.

 By Daniela Bernstein

Match Report: Berkeley All Blues vs. Sacramento Amazons, 0-74

On Saturday, the All Blues travelled North to play the Sacramento Amazons in the first match of the All Blues’ inaugural D2 season. The game was a tough loss but great learning experience overall for the new team.

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The Amazons started strong, making their first try quickly. They continued to rack up points despite the All Blue’s best efforts to make strong tackles and be aggressive around the breakdown. The All Blues never stopped pushing back but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to stop the Amazon’s powerful forward pack from consistently making punches through their defensive line.

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The score at halftime was 0-43. The All Blues didn’t gave up, continuing to challenge the Amazons at every turn. The overall team mentality remained positive throughout the entire game as the team continued to have moments of individual brilliance even in the final minutes.


It was a tough game but taught the team a lot about what they need to work on for upcoming matches. The forward of the match was Kerrie Kubo for consistently challenging the gain line and making massive hits throughout the game. The back of the match was Tisha Waki for great decision making and communication throughout. The final score was 0-74.

Photo Credit: Emily Van Gulik

Match Report by Kat Telles