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Dartmouth beat Harvard 52-3 Saturday in Hanover, NH to win its fifth-straight Ivy Rugby Championship. The Ivy Rugby Conference was formed in 2009, but for 41 years prior, Ivy League schools crowned an Ivy champion via a tournament. Counting those, Dartmouth’s won seven-consecutive Ivy titles.
The Big Green led 33-0 at halftime and were never in danger. Dartmouth pumped in eight tries in the contest, four of which were scored by senior Kevin Clark.
“I felt all the seniors really stepped up today. I put it to the seniors that this was one of their last games defending Dartmouth, and they took that on board,” said Dartmouth coach Gavin Hickie.
“Lock Dylan Jones, No. 8 Neil Greene, scrumhalf John Descalzi and Kevin Clark really stepped up, and we’ll miss them moving forward.”
The win was also Dartmouth’s second in a row following a rough tour of California, on which the Big Green lost to both Cal and Cal Poly.
“The tour, from my standpoint, was a complete success. It would have been nice to string some wins together, but that’s not what it was about,” said Hickie.
“It was about getting us ready for the remainder of our season. We had a lot of guys on internships and a lot of guys we hadn’t seen for a few months, so to be able to go on tour and play the high caliber teams we played against with the intensity they play at week-in, week-out was massive and really why we we’re at a pretty good place right now.”
The next hurdle for Dartmouth is a home match against Atlantic Coast champion Clemson in the first round of the Varsity Cup. If the Big Green win, they’ll face BYU in the Varsity Cup Super Regional in Annapolis, Md. April 19.