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Charleston, SC - In an
epic rematch of the 2011 State Championship match, Chapin Eagles Rugby Club
(Chapin, SC) defeated Greenville’s Red Raider Rugby Club 12-0 for the 2012
Rugby South Carolina State Championship title Saturday at The Citadels’ E.
Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Chapin, ranked No. 1 in the state, No. 12 nationally and featuring two USA Rugby High School All Americans, Stuart Harr and Nick Richards, entered the Championship weekend undefeated.
Greenville, ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 22 nationally, came into the weekend having only one loss (to Chapin), earlier in the season.
The two teams battled through the first period until Chapin’s Pierson Haines pounded in for the first try (touchdown) of the game. A failed conversion attempt kept the score at 5-0. Then late in the first half Chapin was able to capitalize on a penalty try and Quintin Hayes followed with a successful conversion to end the period 12-0. This was the last time either team would see the try zone.
The Red Raiders played a great match, but ultimately failed to take advantage of their opportunities to put points on the board.
“It has been an honor to coach these young men this season and see them improve as a team each week, this is something they will always have and remember.” said Chapin Head Coach Neil Richards.
Chapin reached the championship match by defeating cross-conference rival Greer Spartans 37-5 in a playoff match on May 4th, while the Red Raiders defeated a very strong Wando team 21-14 in their playoff match on May 5th.
Earlier in the day, the Greer Spartans, making their second Championship Weekend appearance, went on to finish 3rd in the state with a hard fought victory over Wando 17-7. Greer will now head to Marietta, GA to represent Rugby South Carolina in the USA Rugby South Regional’s
Players from Chapin, Greenville and the other teams from around the state will now assemble May 20th in preparation for All Star competition against North Carolina and Georgia All Stars.