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Buffalo Rugby Club D2 Wins Empire GU Title in Overtime

Posted Sunday April 14, 2019

Buffalo Rugby Club D2 Wins Empire GU Title in Overtime

D3 Loses Final to Long Island on Long Island

The BRC D3 side traveled to Long Island to take on the very strong Long Island Rugby Club in the EGU D3 final.  The D3 side struggled as Long Island banged out a 89-0 win.  While this result was disappointing, the D3 side had a great 2018-2019 competitive cycle going 10-1 vs other EGU teams.  
The BRC D2 side played an amazing game vs NYRC.  BRC scored first as Luca Wrabetz made a penalty kick at the 9 minute mark.  NYRC struck back with a penalty kick of their own to level the score at 3-3.  NYRC then dominated the rest of the first half as their defense put pressure on BRC.  During that time, NYRC scored two tries and a conversion to take a 15-3 lead into the half time. After repeated attacks into the NYRC end, BRC finally broke through the defense and Chris Wier scored a try in the corner.  The difficult conversion was missed (15-8 NYRC). With time running out, BRC threw everything at NYRC but either handling errors or penalties undid all the hard work.  Finally, with less than a minute left, BRC got within a few meters from the NYRC goal line.  After several pick and go moves, Mike Lang dove over for the try (15-13 NYRC).  With no time left in the game, Wrabetz lined up for the conversion.  He struck the ball cleanly and it sailed over to tie the game.  After a two minute break, the teams were back on the field for two 10 minute overtime periods.  BRC scored four minutes into the first overtime as Grant Currey stole a lineout a ran hard with support from his back row partners, James Stewart and Maninderjit Singh.  Currey off-laoded to Stewart who, in turn, passed to Singh and Singh legged out to score the try that was converted by Luca (22-15, BRC).  BRC continued to dominate in the overtime and in the second 10 minutes a second BRC try scored by Colton Kells and converted by Wrabetz gave BRC a 29-15 win.  BRC now waits to see who the will play in the North Atlantic cross-over on May 4th for the right to go to the USA Rugby elite 8.
It should be noted that BRC was the only club to have two sides make the EGU playoffs, an accomplishment of which the club can be very proud.

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