Dartmouth Women vs NSCRO All-Stars - Collegiate Rugby Championship

What looked on paper and proved in practice to be the most competitive of the women’s quarterfinals, the NSCRO All-Stars and Dartmouth battled back and forth for the entirety of the first half with neither side giving much. With a woman advantage, Dartmouth managed to work into the NSCRO half but struggled to find the goal. After the entirety of the first half, Dartmouth won a penalty directly in front of the NSCRO sticks and finally broke through for the lone score of the half. Dartmouth added the conversion to make it 7–0 at intermission.

Kicking into a stiff breeze, Dartmouth gifted the NSCRO come back a free kick at midfield. The All-Stars steamed ahead into shouting distance of the try line, but Dartmouth continued to stand strong. A pass outside to cash in on the pressure failed to go to hand, giving Dartmouth a scrum feed inside its own twenty-two. NSCRO soon won the ball by forcing Dartmouth into touch, but failed to secure its own lineout throw. With time becoming the enemy, NSCRO regained possession still inside the Dartmouth ten-meter. Again standing strong in defense, Dartmouth finally broke out of its own ten-meter and capped the movement off with a try under the post. The conversion combined with the time constraint meant the match was likely out of reach for NSCRO. The All-Stars pride shown through in the end with a late try to avoid the shutout. The very difficult conversion meant a chance for the upset still remained. In the end, it was not to be for the valiant All-Stars as Dartmouth did just enough to come away the 14–7 victor and advance to the semifinals.