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PHILADELPHIA — Doylestown romped over the New Jersey Blaze 36-5 Friday in pool play of the Girls High School Rugby Challenge and seemed on track to do the same early in Sunday's championship match at PPL Park.
Doylestown built a 10-0 lead before allowing a Tess Feury score and the go-ahead try from N.J. Blaze's Jordan Cowan off a botched scrum deep inside its own territory just before the first half ended.
"(The Doylestown scrumhalf) passed the ball and the girl behind her ran up too fast, so it fell," Cowan said. "I ran onto it and it bounced up, so I placed it down for the try."
Kat Ramage and Mel Marrotta added tries in the Blaze's 26-15 Girls High School Rugby Challenge title game.
"I kept telling the team just to 'relax, play our game, and not adjust our game to theirs," Feury said. "We wanted to relax, stay confident and the tries will come."
Dana Alimena, Sophie Pyrz and Marissa Kuhnz scored for Doylestown.
"We were bunching in the second half on defense and we weren't following the ball," Alimena said. "When they would take a step and go out, weren't going back out with them."