The Eastside Lions wrapped up the regular season in Washington State 7-0 after beating Liberty 46-19 this past weekend.
Eastside went 7-0, scoring 351 points (just over 50 per game) and gave up just 53 (about 7 1/2 points per game) and now look ahead to the Boys HS Rugby National Championships in a little over two weeks.
The Washington Loggers Boys U14 State rep-side traveled to Vancouver, BC in August to face the British Columbia U14s.
The match, hosted at Capilano RFC’s Klahanie Park, served as a curtain-raiser between the BC Bears vs Wolf Pack, for the senior men’s Canadian Rugby Championship fixture.
The Eastside Lions enjoyed one of their best seasons in the club’s history, and a big part of that was a tour to Ireland.
Eastside finished the regular season in Washington with an 9-1 record, and took 3rd in the Boys HS National Championships Tier 2 after a one-point loss in the semis.
Going into this past weekend's Rugby Washington state finals, you'd be hard-pressed to pick the winner.
With Eastside passing up the boys playoffs to play at nationals, most would have picked Liberty to take the final. But that didn't happen.
On the girls side, Kent has long been the queen bee - sometimes pushed but never really surpassed. But Kent didn't win, either.
The Tacoma U19 team defeated Liberty HS 29-26 on Wednesday to secure 1st in the Rugby Washington league.
The two teams were guaranteed to be the top two in the league going into the playoffs, so this was as much about pride as anything. Tacoma had beaten Liberty 39-34 in a non-league game. But this game had more meaning.
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Things are a little clearer in the Rugby Washington boys league after it's becoming clear two teams are struggling with numbers.
Liberty HS moved to 3-0 in Rugby Washington boys DI action, and in doing so, defeated the defending state champs.
Liberty edged the Rainier Highlanders 22-19 Saturday, after having defeated Eastside 42-12 and Seattle 68-5. Head Coach Jeff Candler said he was expecting the Highlanders game to be a difficult one.
Week two in Rugby Washington and Budd Bay hosts Eastside while Chuckanut and Liberty are on the road.
The Rugby Washington boys HS season kicks off this weekend.
This remains one of the most competitive high school leagues in the country. Two season ago Budd Bay finished 5-5 in the regular season and then ran through the playoffs to win the state title. Last year, the Rainier Highlanders won a year after being in DII.