GRR: Rugby Oregon
Union HS out of Oregon moved to 2-0 in Rugby Oregon action with a 51-19 defeat of Prairie Saturday.
This follows on from 32-0 shutout of Lincoln in the league opener last week. Union was paced last week by sophomore prop Joshua Barber, who scored three tries and was player of the game. The Union forwards looked solid throughout.
Lightning intervened in at least three state championship high school games this season, and to us, this constitutes a major story for the 2015-16 season.
The response to each of the lightning incidents were all different, and resulted in some complaints, some shrugs, and perhaps a lot of questions.
Southern California dominated in the opening day of the Great Northwest Challenge Girls Varsity bracket.
The Griffins shut out Rhinos Training Academy and Montana in their pool games. In the other pool, Northern California ended the day 2-0, but it wasn't easy, as Rugby Oregon pushed them to the limit and, to a lesser extent, the Washington Loggers were tough.
The only major HS all-star tournament West of the Continental Divide kicks off this weekend in Corvallis, Ore, with a massive feast of rugby at the Great Northwest Challenge.
And the tournament is also an interesting experiment to see how splitting off of all-star efforts from their State-Based Rugby Organizations works.
The Union Titans repeated as Oregon single-school champions last week, defeating the Portland Pumas 49-38 in the final.
It was a dramatic and difficult final for Union as they had defeated Portland fairly easily in the regular season. But since then the Pumas had improved markedly, and studied Union enough to cause them some real problems.