The Woodlands scored an unconverted try as time expired to put a exclamation mark on the hardest hitting and most tightly contested game of the of the Texas High School Rugby Championships in its 8-0 win over previously undefeated Plano. The win earned The Woodlands, which slotted its penalty kick in the opening minutes, the winners cup in the High School-Club Conference.
In the High School Conference, St. Thomas of Houston defended its title, rolling to a convincing 47-7 win over Austin Westlake, a scoreline that does not do justice to the intensity of the match which Westlake actually led early on. The Eagles have now claimed three of the last four state championships.
Stony Point rallied for a 22-11 come-from-behind win in the Plate Championship over first-year program Lake Travis in a battle of Austin-area teams.
Alliance of North Texas defeated the El Paso Spartans for third place in the Club Conference; Jesuit Dallas claimed third in the School Conference with its win over El Paso Cathedral, and Kingwood (Houston) overtook Allen (Dallas area) late in the match to take third in the Plate Division.
In action on Saturday, Plano defeated El Paso Spartans as The Woodlands dispatched Alliance. St. Thomas schooled El Paso Cathedral and Westlake trumped Jesuit Dallas. Kingwood fell to Lake Travis, while Stony Point scored at the death to defeat Allen.
The North Texas City of Irving, the Plano and Alliance clubs, and Tournament Chairman Nick Marketos are all to be congratulated for hosting a great event at a terrific venue.