Cal Poly Humboldt

Cal Poly men shut out their long-time nemesis

Submitted photos – Action from Saturday’s game under the lights at the Redwood Bowl.

The Cal Poly Humboldt men’s rugby team took care of business and then some against one of their biggest rivals under the lights at the Redwood Bowl on Saturday night.

The Jacks have ambitions of winning a small schools national title this year and the first step on that potential journey was to beat long-time nemesis, Cal Maritime, which they did by a score of 33-0.

The win was the team’s first over the Keelhaulers on home soil since the 2008 season, although it was their second straight over them after a road win last season.

Tries from Jason Uipi, Isaac Khelo, Latu Kolopeaua, Justin Celotto and Dante Cappellano helped seal the shutout victory.

The Jacks had to overcome a slow start and didn’t open the scoring until midway through the first half, but once they did they quickly pulled away and led 21-0 at halftime.

The size of the forward pack appeared to wear down the Keelhaulers, although the Humboldt coaches feel there’s still plenty of room for improvement after slowing down in the second half.

“We’re happy, but there are things to work open,” assistant coach Vincent Celotto said. “We have higher goals.”

The Jacks will continue their season at Sonoma State this Saturday.

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