Royal Irish scored on the final play of the game to defeat Rugby Indiana Super League rivals Penn HS 15-12 Saturday.
Royal Irish led 8-5 in a typically low-scoring game between these two teams made more so by the hard rain.
Royal Irish needed a late try to come back to beat St. Ignatius 10-8 in a non-conference clash between two highly-ranked teams.
Indianapolis-based Royal Irish is ranked #2 by GRR among HS club teams, and Cleveland-based St. Ignatius is ranked #8 among single-school teams.
Penn HS and Royal Irish started the Rugby Indiana Super League on a winning note, as once again the league of four ranked teams kicks off.
Royal Irish played two games, one in-league and one not, beating Brownsburg 25-10 and then on Sunday defeating Ohio-based Archbishop Moeller School 41-9.
It was a good weekend for the defending HS club NIT champs.
Penn HS ran the table in the Lindenwood High School tournament held at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo. this weekend.
The tournament was a good kickoff for teams in the Midwest, and mercifully, it wasn’t a snow-fest like last year.
Eight programs entered varsity teams, while six also entered JV teams. Indiana-based Penn won both brackets, not losing a game.
On Day One of the two-day Lindenwood High School tournament, Penn HS of Indiana has looked very strong.
In a meeting of the two defending Boys NIT champions, 2015 single-school winner Gonzaga HS defeated 2015 HS club winner Royal Irish 15-13 at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia Saturday.
It’s another meeting of champions Saturday as, for the second year in a row, defending single-school NIT winner Gonzaga faces defending HS club NIT winner Royal Irish in an early game.
It may be a shade too early for both - we’ll see - as Gonzaga has just had a couple of scrimmages, and Royal Irish has not played at all.
St. Edward won two Midwest Boys HS championships Sunday, and Royal Irish did what was expected in the Midwest championship tournament in Elkart, Ind. Sunday.
Royal Irish won the multi-school club bracket with a 62-17 defeat of Fishers Sunday. The Indianapolis team finished the two-day, three-game tournament with 138 points for and 22 against.
The early-season meeting of the two defending NIT champions lived up to expectations as 2014 single-school champs Gonzaga edged 2014 multi-school club champs Royal Irish 27-25 on the final play of the game.
It’s not often you get two major champions playing each other in a weekend. This weekend, we actually have that happening twice, as the men’s DIA and Varsity Cup defending champs are playing each other, and in Boys HS rugby, the HS Club and Single-School NIT winners face off.