Edina defeated Eagan 22-17 to win the Minnesota Youth Rugby Boys HS title this past weekend.
After running through the season undefeated, Edina was the favorite here, but, as head coach Chris Babiash said, "you always hear the cliché that beating a team three times is a tough task."
And that's how it ended up.
After a regular Minnesota Youth Rugby season where Eagan seemed to be in control, Edina emerged as state champs with a 22-10 defeat of Eagan in the MYR playoffs this past weekend.
Eagan HS is the #1 seed going into the Minnesota playoffs.
After defeating Mounds View 55-0 over the weekend, Eagan topped the Minnesota DI league with 30 points, just ahead of Edina, which beat Minnetonka 27-14 over the weekend, but failed to get the four-try bonus points.
Eagan's JV team also took the #1 seed to the playoffs.
Minnesota Varsity playoffs seeds:
Eagan and Minnetonka High schools kicked off the Minnesota high school rugby season in a big way last wek, with Eagan coming away with a 66-22 victory.
It was a good weekend for the Wisconsin-based Chargers team, as they swept their four Border Battle games with Minnesota teams Eagan, Minnetonka, Edina, and Hopkins.
Chargers Head Coach Neil Mattek was especially gratified at how some newer players showed in place of some more experienced athletes.
Minnesota's Eagan High School boys rugby team recently finished up with an overseas tour of Wales, Scotland, and England to begin their upcoming 15s season.
The boys began the tour playing games against St Peters, Llanishen, Fishguard, and finally finishing with Bilton School. Eagan began their tour in Wales and finished their tour in Rugby England at the Old Laurentians RFC.
Edina and Minnetonka will meet in the final of the Minnesota Youth Rugby Boys HS championship next week after both won semifinals Saturday.
For Edina, the favorite and defending champs, it was a scary day. Edina ran out to a 12-0 lead, but were stifled by a strong Duluth forward pack and the game ended 12-12.
Edina has been plowing through the Minnesota Youth Rugby season, but they didn’t so much plow this week in the MYR quarterfinals.
Up in the frozen north the top teams out of Minnesota are starting to show their hand.
Leading the way may well be Edina, which has started 5-0, including this past weekend’s 39-7 win over Duluth. Edina has scored 299 points and given up 19. Faribault is also 5-0, although two of those wins - 10-7 over Eden Prairie and 8-0 over Western Warriors - have been close.