USA Rugby Club Championships: Austin Blacks Lose Narrowly to NYAC

Austin Blacks USA Rugby Club ChampionshipsNew York Athletic Club finished second in the inaugural American Rugby Premiership to Life University, but ended the season with hardware with a 44-39 defeat of Austin Blacks Saturday in the 2015 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Men’s Division I Club National Championship at Infinity Park.

Timothy Howard, David Comerford, and Riekert Hatting scored tries to give the Blacks a 21-0 head start before the midway point in the opening frame, to which NYAC responded with two tries to bring the score to 21-14.

A Patrick Sullivan penalty kick helped Austin’s cause before Kyle Granby added another try to NYAC’s account for a 27-24 lead to the east coast club at halftime.

Austin held a 12-point lead at 34-27 going into the 64th minute, when NYAC closed the gap with an Alastair McFarland try. McFarland added another in the 71st minute to give NYAC a 41-39 lead, and Justin Hundley added the insurance marker with a penalty kick to bring the final score to 44-39.

Men’s Eagles and NYAC scrum half Mike Petri was given the Men’s Division I Club Smith and Forge Hard Cider Most Valuable Player award in the victory, which marks their first championship for the club since the 2012 Rugby Super League triumph.

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