Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
by Ted Hardy, Editor, Rugby America
The University of Maryland inched one step closer to the Atlantic Coast Rugby League title game with a hard fought 27-18 win over the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies. Maryland (4-1) are tied for second in the conference with the University of Virginia, but hold the tie breaker with their win over Virginia last weekend. The Terrapins face Duke next weekend and should have little trouble securing a victory and a trip to Charlotte for the championship game.
Virginia Tech (2-3) take on North Carolina State next weekend at home with the hopes of evening up their conference record and finishing the season on a high note.
Speaking of the Wolfpack, North Carolina State and Wake Forest put on a display of offensive output for fans today in Winston-Salem. The two teams combined to score 79 points and kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the very finish. NC State (2-3) scored on the final play of the game to take home a 43-36 victory over Wake Forest (1-4).
The Wolfpack took a 14-0 lead into the half, but the offenses broke loose in the second half as the two teams locked into a seesaw battle.
It has been a learning year for the young Wake Forest squad, but they have plenty to look forward to in the future. Sophomore Johnny McMurray scored 19 points in the game with two tries, three conversions and a penalty goal. Freshman center Ryan Tacon delivered his second straight two try performance and junior wing Brandon Turner scored his first try of the season.
The final ACRL game today saw the University of Virginia (4-1) sneak past Clemson 10-7 at home. The win keeps the Cavaliers championship game hopes alive, albeit it very slim hope. Virginia are going to need a major upset from Duke over Maryland next weekend to reach the finals. Clemson (4-2) closes out a very successful first season in the ACRL on a bit of a down note, but the future is bright for the Tigers.
Atlantic Coast leaders, the University of North Carolina, are in action tomorrow as they face Georgia Tech at home. The Tarheels have already secured their place in the ACRL Championship game but their undefeated record is on the line tomorrow.
Atlantic Coast Rugby League Standings as of April 9th, 2011