GRR: Red Mountain
May 8 saw the Rugby Arizona Boys U16 final between longtime rivals Red Mountain and Tempe, and the game did not disappoint.
In a thriller, Tempe won 38-36.
Tempe secured the Arizona boys state championship Saturday with a convincing 45-15 win over rivals Red Mountain.
In an impressive showing in Arizona, #9 HS Club Tempe defeated #2 HS Club Red Mountain 27-19.
Tempe started strong and scored two minutes into the game, but Red Mountain replied to take a 7-5 lead before the game was six minuted old. Red Mountain punished Tempe for a poor restart and a series of penalties.
Slowly teams in Utah Youth Rugby are getting going and the traditional kickoff event has for years been the Ra Puriri Invitational in St. George, Utah.
In a meeting of the top two high school teams in Arizona, Tempe edged Red Mountain 20-17 in a physical early-season encounter.
Tau Pauga's penalty goal was the difference in a tense game that will create plenty of baggage for the rematch.