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Maryland rejoins North Carolina atop the Atlantic Coast Rugby League standings after a 45-40 victory over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. Saturday.

The Terrapins had a tough time adjusting to the referee and were pinged for a bundle of penalties, mostly at the breakdown. That allowed the Hokies to kick to the corners and use their larger pack to push Maryland around.

“Tech has a big group of forwards, and the driven lineout looked like their bread and butter, so all those penalties turned into lineouts,” said Maryland coach Jeff Soeken. “It was difficult to keep our heads above water there at times.”  

Terp flyhalf Matias Cima slotted three penalties and three conversions, and his kicking proved to be the difference, as Virginia Tech matched Maryland’s six tries.

Leading the Terps in tries was lock Keith Sneddon with two.

Elsewhere in the ACRL, Virginia trounced Georgia Tech 79-5.