The USA Rugby South may have fallen short in the team's quest for a NACRA U19 championship, losing 24-0 to Mexico in the final, but they did their region, and the country, proud.
Mexico dominated the final of the NACRA U19 Championships, not letting the USA South A team getting anywhere and winning 24-0.
The South kept up the fight but could not crack the Mexico defense.
In other action Saturday, Cayman Islands beat Turks & Cacos 29-26 in a thriller to take 5th, or the Plate.
So the final placements in the NACRA U19s Championships are:
Live stream of the NACRA U19 final
USA South v Mexico
The USA Rugby South U19 Red team defeated Bermuda 17-0 Friday in Orlando to secure 7th in the North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) U19 Championships.
Many of the players on the USA Rugby South team playing in the NACRA U19 15s remember last year.
In the 2014 tournament, a 15-10 loss to Mexico in the semis relegated the Panthers to the 3rd/4th game, where they won 32-10. That was a nice ending, but that loss in the semis stuck with them.
The USA Rugby South U19s may not be a national team, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t representing their country.
The USA Rugby South B team lost 20-8 to Cayman Islands in the NACRA U19 Consolation semis Wednesday in Orlando, putting them in the 7th/8th game on Friday against Bermuda.
USA South A is into the final of the NACRA U19 15s Championships after defeating Barbados 32-7 on Tuesday in Orlando.
In a game delayed by lightning, the South took a 6-0 lead early on thanks to some concerted pressure and two penalty kicks from Arkansas State flyhalf Dylan Boast.
The USA Rugby South A team finally got on the field at the NACRA U19 Championships with a 24-0 shutout of Bermuda.
After some early jitters, the South team dealt with the big, physical Bermuda team. Flanker Brennan Falcon led from the front and inspired the senior South players to front up.
The North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) U19 Boys 15s championships kicked off Saturday in Orlando with two first-round games.
USA Rugby South has named two teams to participate in the North American Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) U19 championships to be held July 11.
Both teams were named after a series of camps and tryouts through the spring. Only about four college players are on the squad, with the rest coming from high schools throughout the Southern states. Nine states are represented.