Darien continues unbeaten run in New York Metropolitan League
The game started well for the Blue Wave, with a thrusting attack shortly after kickoff resulting in a Max Kiplinger try in the opening minutes. This was converted by Sam McCarthy to make it 7-0 in Darien's favor.
Xavier scored a converted try to tie the score at 7-7 by the middle of the first half.
A second try by Kiplinger, which was again converted by McCarthy, put Darien ahead by a score of 14-7.
Xavier closed Darien's lead to 14-10 through a successful penalty attempt.
Despite sustained pressure from Xavier, Darien's Chris Brooke successfully scored a further try just before halftime. It was converted by McCarthy, leaving Darien with a comfortable 21-10 lead at the interval.
Xavier opened the second half in aggressive form, getting the better of ball possession and making penetrating runs at the Blue Wave line. Darien resisted and took advantage of an opportunity against the run of play. McCarthy scored a further, unconverted try making the score 26-10 by the middle of the second half.
Xavier continued to fight back, replying with a converted try and, shortly thereafter, a penalty score to cut Darien's lead to 26-20 with 10 minutes to go. The closing phase featured relentless pressure by Xavier in a desperate attempt to turn the game in their favor. But Darien remained resolute in defense of their lead, and hung on for a 26-20 win.
The Blue Wave remain undefeated in the New York Metropolitan League. Its latest victory over Xavier is particularly significant in view of Xavier's status as a national rugby power -- its senior side were last year's United States high school champions.
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The Blue Wave go on to their final game of league season against St. Peter's Prep of New Jersey on Sunday.