The Tacoma Tsunamis opened up their Rugby Washington season with a somewhat humbling loss to Chuckanut, but finished it this past weekend with a convincing 41-18 defeat of Liberty to win the 2017 Rugby Washington Boys DI HS championship.
The Tacoma U19 team defeated Liberty HS 29-26 on Wednesday to secure 1st in the Rugby Washington league.
The two teams were guaranteed to be the top two in the league going into the playoffs, so this was as much about pride as anything. Tacoma had beaten Liberty 39-34 in a non-league game. But this game had more meaning.
Liberty HS moved to 3-0 in Rugby Washington boys DI action, and in doing so, defeated the defending state champs.
Liberty edged the Rainier Highlanders 22-19 Saturday, after having defeated Eastside 42-12 and Seattle 68-5. Head Coach Jeff Candler said he was expecting the Highlanders game to be a difficult one.
Week two in Rugby Washington and Budd Bay hosts Eastside while Chuckanut and Liberty are on the road.
The USA national team programs can never have enough props, and one who seems set to be a big part of American rugby's front row is David Ainuu.
The Rainier Highlanders and Liberty Patriots will face off for the Rugby Washington DI final after both somehow survived tense semifinals this weekend.
Liberty opened the Rugby Washington HS season with a 15-10 defeat of Budd Bay at Budd Bay.
For Liberty, it was a gratifying win, albeit one that came about eight months too late.
Liberty was 10-2 in Rugby Washington league and playoff competition, but those two losses - one in the regular season and one in the state final - came against Budd Bay.
The Liberty HS boys team won the U19 boys bracket of the first leg of the Rugby Washington Subway Summer Sevens Series.
Paced by a strong day from Michael Thomson, in his last game with the team, and with Austin Liddell also test defenses, Liberty defeated Seattle 31-19 in the final.