CHAMPS! Unionville rugby wins state title

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Thrilling 21-14 win over St. Joseph’s seals the deal for Indians

The Pennsylvania State Champion Unionville Rugby team poses with their trophy and medals after winning the title in thrilling fashion over St. Joseph's 21-14, Sunday.

The Pennsylvania State Champion Unionville Rugby team poses with their trophy and medals after winning the title in thrilling fashion over St. Joseph’s 21-14, Sunday.

MECHANICSBURG — Winning a thrilling game — one that finished with a game-winning defensive stand — against one of only two teams that defeated it in 2013, the Unionville rugby team powered its way to the Pennsylvania Single-School rugby championship, Sunday, defeating St. Joseph’s, 21-14.

Winning any state title is exciting, but doing so in such thrilling fashion made the win all the more emotional.

“It was as exciting a rugby match as I have seen in my more than 20 years in the sport,” said Unionville head coach Curt Baker.

The Indians (13-2) had the best of the the play early in the tight contest, when Ryan Ford scored the first try of the game. With a Chris Baker conversion, Unionville grabbed an early 7-0 lead.

After St. Joe’s tied the game, Baker scored and converted to give the Indians a 14-7 halftime lead.

In the opening minutes of the second half, Tim Christopher scored for Unionville. With Baker’s conversion, the Indians had a solid, but far from safe 21-7 lead, with 16 minutes left in the match. But again, St. Joe’s responded, cutting the lead to 21-14.

The contest went down to the final seconds of the match, with St. Joe’s pushing the ball right to the door step of Unionville’s endzone, but the Indians hanging tough on defense as the clock expired to seal the victory and the state title.

Saturday, Unionville needed to defeat a tough Burrell team and did do, grabbing an early 43-0 lead, and holding on for a 43-19 win. Ford scored three tries, while Christopher had a pair.

For the season, Unionville’s best ever, the team outscored its opponents 645 to 188.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Scott Litzenberg says:

    Congrats to the Rugby team. Awesome! Well deserved by all!!

  2. Rugby mom #2 says:

    The boys from Unionville were unbelievable in their intensity. Unionville should be extremely proud of these young men and how they represented “the U”. This will be a memory no one will ever forget that was at that field. Thank you to Curt Baker and what he has done for rugby in Unionville .

    • Vidya Rajan says:

      I agree wholeheartedly. It was an extraordinary match – our boys were tenacious and played a great game against a worthy opponent. It was a win to be proud of. The memory of that match will live long – especially the last 4 minutes!

      Great job, Curt Baker and the other coaches. Great job, U Rugby Team!

  3. Rugby Mom says:

    Awesome Job Gentlemen!

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