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Atlantic Coast: Tarheels Get Big Win Over Clemson

by Ted Hardy, Editor, Rugby America

The Atlantic Coast Rugby League continues to produce good games on a weekly basis and this weekend most eyes were on South Carolina where the University of North Carolina took on Clemson in a battle of two undefeated teams.

The two teams had both come off big opening conference wins with North Carolina defeating Maryland in what many considered an upset and Clemson surprising with their margin of victory over Wake Forest. With the Tarheels on the road, many figured Clemson to be a safe bet.

However, North Carolina had other plans and defeated Clemson 29-17. The win boosts North Carolina (2-0) to the top of the early season ACRL standings and send out a message to the rest of the conference. With UNC coming through the opening two weeks unscathed, that may set up a run to the conference finals for the experienced squad.

Clemson (1-1) gets to bounce right back as they play in the only ACRL game next weekend as they hit the road to face Georgia Tech.

The University of Virginia played their first conference game of the season on the road to face North Carolina State. The Cavaliers take home a comfortable 41-3 win over the Wolfpack and start off conference play on the right foot.

In the final ACRL matchup of the weekend, Maryland and Wake Forest locked horns in a battle of two teams that suffered opening weekend losses in conference play. Maryland ensured that Wake Forest will have to wait a little longer to get into the win column with a solid 33-10 road victory.

The Demon Deacons (0-2) may have some time to go before they pick up their first ACRL win. The squad does not play another conference game until March 26th when they face conference favorite Virginia Tech.

Atlantic Coast Rugby League Standings

Team W L PF PA Diff
North Carolina 2 0 52 37 +15
Virginia Tech 1 0 56 3 +53
Virginia    1 0 41 3 +38
Maryland 1 1 53 33 +20
Clemson 1 1 51 39 +12
NC State 1 1 37 47 -10
Georgia Tech 1 1 26 49 -23
Wake Forest 0 2 20 67 -47
Duke 0 2 18 76 -58

5 comments on “Atlantic Coast: Tarheels Get Big Win Over Clemson

  1. Andy Richards
    March 6, 2011

    Thanks once again for covering our league Ted.
    With the CPD starting up its now going to be hard to get coverage for us lesser mortals!

  2. Rugby America
    March 7, 2011


    I’m happy to be able to cover the ACRL and you don’t have to worry about getting bumped out here.


  3. Claude Hughes
    March 7, 2011

    Did these universities change rugby codes from union to league this year? The name of the conference imples that change did occur. If such a change in code did not occur, it seems an odd choice as “rugby league” surely has its own long history.

  4. Rugby America
    March 7, 2011

    There was not a change of codes, although I can see how someone from outside of American rugby circles could be confused. The conference leaders simply chose to name it the Atlantic Coast Rugby League. I’m sure they had their reasons.

    The Union/League issue isn’t the same battle in America as it is in other countries. Outside of a handful of men’s teams, no one plays Rugby League in America. So, in America, the term “league” is used by it’s traditional definition which is synonymous with competition or conference and not in reference to the actual code of rugby played.

    I hope this helps clarify it a bit.

  5. Andy Richards
    March 7, 2011

    We understand that some on the outside looking in might get confused but we really have no choice.

    We cannot call it the Atlantic Coast Conference in any way shape or form because we’d be in hot water with the ACC and this is the reason we have a big disclaimer at the bottom of our website. So we to call it a league.

    We cannot call it the Atlantic Coast Rugby Union because it would be confused with a governing body like an LAU.

    And calling it the Atlantic Coast Rugby Union League is a bit of a tongue-twister!

    But if any rugby league players want to come and join us and learn how to play rugby properly, then we’d sure be happy to show them!

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