Rugby Bits & Bites

• Two articles on our recently crowned collegiate women’s rugby champions, UC-Santa Cruz (pictured) and Stanford

There may be no crying in baseball, but there were tears on the field at Stanford’s Steuber Rugby Stadium on Saturday. And they didn’t start out as tears of joy.

“I was already crying because I thought we had lost,” said Stanford junior Jennifer Hernandez.

With only seconds remaining in injury time and 0:00 showing on the clock, it appeared as though Stanford’s reign as national champion was over. The Cardinal trailed Penn State by two points and was down to its final play in the USA Rugby Division I Women’s College Championship finale.

In baseball, this would have been the bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded, two outs and the count 3-2. A hit wins it while a strikeout ends it.

Fortunately for Stanford, there was no strikeout. Senior Victoria Folayan made a historic run through the Nittany Lions on the final play of the match and scored, giving the Cardinal a dramatic 15-12 victory and its second national title in as many years.

“It was all Vic,” said Stanford sophomore Jossy Tseng, a Palo Alto High graduate.

“The minute it (the ball) got in her hands, everyone knew she was going to score,” Hernandez told the Stanford Daily.

• An article on a HS boys team and its coach in North Carolina. I just thought it provided a nice example of the difference between coaching rugby here versus other countries, in addition to a positive example of a coach teaching safely.

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