UC-Irvine opened its Pacific Mountain West league campaign with an impressive 43-7 win over USC Saturday. Irvine led 26-0 at halftime.
The Anteaters were led by a pair of freshmen, Alan Roniss and John Cummins. Cummins scored a hat trick of tries from wing, and Roniss, scrumhalf, was solid with the boot.
“Did really well, hit some angles on our kicks that were pretty phenomenal for the wind condition, that I’m really happy with,” Irvine coach Vince McLeod said of Roniss.
Though McLeod is pleased with the lopsided win, he says there’s no shortage of things his team can work on leading up to a big league game against UC-Santa Barbara in a week’s time.
“We’ve got a lot of game film to analyze before Monday’s session. A lot of backs stuff we need to work on, and our forwards need to spread out a little bit and do a little better defensive sliding.”