Darien rugby team captures New York Metropolitan Championship
Updated 2:19 pm, Thursday, May 19, 2011
In its final game of the New York Metropolitan League season, the Darien High School rugby team scored an emphatic 31-14 victory over a strong St. Peter's Prep at Jersey City, N.J. on Sunday. The win allowed Darien to finish on top of its division with a record of 4-0-1.
Following on the heels of notable victories over Keio, Xavier and Delbarton -- schools with long-established and powerful rugby traditions -- Sunday's victory firmly established Darien as a contending rugby team in only its fourth season of competition.
Darien started slowly against St. Peter's Prep, unable to find any rhythm in attack. Darien had the better of territorial possession and was able to neutralize the St. Peter's Prep forward strength, but the Blue Wave failed to press their advantage in the running game, making several unforced errors which denied them a number of chances to score.
St. Peter's Prep scored first with a converted try making the score 7-0 at halftime.
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Darien began the second half by leveling the score within minutes of the restart with a Sam McCarthy try, which he also converted. The Wave scored again shortly thereafter with Andrew McGarey crossing the St. Peter's Prep line, a try which was again converted by McCarthy making the score 14-7 in Darien's favor.
St. Peter's Prep answered to tie the game at 14-14 with a converted try midway through the second half.
The Blue Wave redoubled their efforts into the final quarter of the game, applying enormous pressure on St. Peter's Prep, whose heavy pack began to tire. Following a strong drive by the Darien forwards to their opponents' line, Chris Brook went over for a try which was again converted by McCarthy for a 21-14 lead.
Will Weinstock scored an unconverted try from a quick turnover close to the St. Peter's Prep line, and McGarey dashed over for his second try of the game within minutes of the close, giving Darien the 31-14 win.