SGA Rugby: State Championship News/Highlights

Here is an article from the Scranton Times-Tribune: http://thetimes-tribune.com/sports/st-gregory-s-relishes-in-state-rugby-title-1.1319256

A snippet from the article:

Winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union state championship meant more than a title to a school that will close at the end of the semester.


Those cold tackle practices pay off

Ben's gnarly battle wound (reminds me of cartoon character bump on the head)

"The scrum has Wheeeeeeeled...save your energy lads!"

2012 Boys High School Rugby Pennsylvania State Champions

A play by play from the Harlequin’s Rugby website: http://www.pittsburghharlequins.org/news/2012/05/22/high-school-championship

HS Boys Division (St. Gregory’s Academy 24, St. Joe’s Prep 18)

In the high school single school division, St. Gregs faced off against their East Penn East division rival, St. Joes Prep. In Saturday’s semifinals, Prep got up early on Bishop Shanahan and maintained their lead against a Shanahan squad that kept pressing to the final whistle in Prep’s 45-36 win. The same was true in the other semifinal as St. Gregs jumped on Burrell 21-0 before the Burrell boys began to march back only to fall short in the 34-31 St Greg victory.

In Sunday’s final, the teams kept each other between the 22s as St Gregs succeeded on three long PKs to get out to a 9-0 lead. St Joes answered midway through 1st period with an 8 take under the posts to close the lead 9-7. Prep took its first lead shortly thereafter with a penalty kick, 10-9, however, that lead was short lived as St Gregs finished the 1st half with a try in the final seconds to go up 14-10.

The second half ensued as a defensive struggle as the teams played to a stalemate for the first 15 minutes of the half. After notching a PK earlier in the half, St. Joes retook the lead 18-14 with another strong plunge from their powerful 8-man. With about 7 minutes to play the lead switched for the fourth time in the match as St Gregs ran a creative and well executed misdirection penalty play for a try under the posts to nose ahead of Prep 21-18. A PK by St Gregs later made it a 6 point margin with 4 minutes to play. St Joes remained determined to regain possession, but St Gregs kept the ball in hand and held on for the 24-18 final. Congratulations to the boys from St Gregs who ended the season undefeated and who may have just played their final match as a team due to the recently announced closure of their school. If so, they certainly went out in great style. In the third place match, Bishop Shanahan defeated Burrell.

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