In a result that has many raising some eyebrows, defending Virginia champion West End defeated West Shore United out of Pennsylvania 51-5 in a preseason game.
Both teams were missing top players who were with select sides playing at the Las Vegas Invitational - several of them the teams’ most electric attackers. So maybe this was a test of depth, and if so, West End passed.
One of the top Rugby Pennsylvania teams will be facing a stent test at one of the top Virginia HS teams as West Shore United travels to West End.
For West Shore it will be an even sterner fast as they won’t have several starters - some of whom are off playing with Atlantis in Las Vegas, and others finishing up winter sports.
Rugby Virginia's West End beat a tough Doylestown team out of Pennsylvania 43-35 in a preseason match for both accomplish HS teams.
West End took an early 14-0 lead, but Doylestown replied with a try to make it 14-7. West End continued the pressure, though, and the teams entered the break with the Virginians up 26-14.
West End completed an undefeated season Saturday with a last-minute 22-20 victory over local rivals Fort Hunt to win the Rugby Virginia state championship.
West End ended its third-ever 15s season with a DI Virginia state championship.
Some state playoffs are are either underway or about to wrap up this week.
In Michigan, Grandville defeated Troy Athens HS 10-0, then beat West Ottawa in overtime to make the state final. Grandville and Ottawa tied 33-33 after overtime, and it went down to penalty kicks, with Grandville prevailing.
The Hampton Rugby Club plays in the little-noticed Peninsula conference in Rugby Virginia.
Overlooked thanks to more established teams such as West End and Fort Hunt in the North, and other heavy-hitters from DC and North Carolina, Hampton has just been steadily chugging along - perhaps we should say dominating.