Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
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