Navy vs St. Joseph's - Collegiate Rugby Championship

St. Joseph’s narrowly missed stealing the opening kick and left Navy in good position in the process. The Middies registered the opening score forty-five seconds in from Connor McNerney. The Hawks did not back down, earning a try to level the match two minutes later. The makeable conversion clanged off the post to keep the team’s level. Despite an error on the restart–kicking directly to touch–the Hawks got the next score as well, thanks to a cracking run and chip ahead. The long conversion was true for the 12–5 Hawks lead ahead of intermission.

The second half started much better for Navy than the first half ended. Early attacking position pulled the Midshipmen within two of SJU with more than four minutes left in the match. A penalty a minute later against Navy called back what would have been the go-ahead try. The Hawks extended their lead with a remarkable try from Daniel Tilghman. The conversion was no good, keeping Navy within striking distance with seconds left. There was certainly not enough time for a Navy win, but there was just enough for a draw. In the end, it was not to be for the men of the United States Naval Academy. St. Joseph’s 17, Navy 10.