ELON, NC - The first championship game in the short history of the Southern Rugby Conference didn't disappoint. App. State and UNC-Wilmington showed they were deserving of their No. 1 seeds as they got through the first round of competition to meet in the finals.
Wilmington started the scoring off early with a converted penalty at 1:00. That put scoring on hold for most of the first half as App. showed they could nullify the potent Wilmington attack by not allowing the ball outside. On the other side, the Wilmington defense kept App. out of the try zone, despite working from within their own 22 meter line for well over 20 minutes. App. added a penalty kick to tie the game at 3 at minute 32, but Wilmington responded in minute 38 with a try from their #1. The conversion was missed and the halftime score was 8 - 3 in favor of the Clamdiggers.
In the second half, App. started the scoring off with a try at minute 47, but missed the conversion. With the score tied 8 - 8, Wilmington converted a penalty kick at minute 50 to inch ahead 11 - 8. Shortly after, UNC-W's #14 scored an amazing try by recovering his own counter kick off of an App. State knock on, and took it under the posts. The conversion was good, making the score 18-8 at the 52nd minute.
App. State, however, decided to answer once more by putting across another try at minute 64 (conversion missed), making the score 18 - 13. The wrestling match continued after that until UNC-W converted a penalty kick from 45 meters at minute 74. That kick proved the difference as App. scored at minute 81 and made the conversion, making the score 21-20. The outcome of the game hung in the balance of one final kickoff. App. State committed a penalty on the ensuing possession which allowed WIlmington to end the game with a kick for touch.