Morgan Hill – All last week the Live Oak Acorns rugby team was preparing to face Aptos in what many Acorn players consider to be a rivalry match. Little did they expect a call from coach Bart Nielsen on Friday night telling them the game was forfeited.
Aptos’ coach notified Nielsen late Friday evening to inform him there would be no match do to poor turnout at practice during the Spring Break for Aptos.
“It’s a bit of a rivalry, so it’s a disappointment,” said Nielsen. “They (the Acorns) were all up for it.”
Due to the late cancellation Nielsen was unable to schedule match with another rugby club, leaving the Acorns out of action for the weekend. Live Oak gets the win, to improve its record to 3-0 in Skyhawk Conference.
In its three-year existence, the Acorn club has never lost to the Aptos team.
Live Oak travels to Santa Rosa Saturday to take on the National Champion runners-up, Elsie Allen High School.
“The game should be a good test of our team’s mettle,” said Nielsen. “It’s a good opportunity.”
The Acorns will be adjusting their scheduled match with Valley Christian, also scheduled for this weekend, to accommodate the Elsie Allen game.
Live Oak will face Valley Christian on Friday night or early Saturday morning at Live Oak before heading to Santa Rosa.
Former Acorn Rugger:
Live Oak Alumni Rugger, Brian Crane, played Inside Center for Chico State’s rugby team on Saturday as they beat Stanford 16-9 at the Stanford Rugby Stadium. Brian is a 2004 graduate of Live Oak High School where he participated in track and football. He was the scrum-half for Live Oak’s first rugby team. The Chico Wildcats have suffered only one loss.