Providence Women Advance to USA Club Rugby Final
The Providence Rugby Women traveled to Atlanta, Georgia this weekend for USA Club Rugby Nationals. The competition began with Saturday's Final Four matches to determine which teams would move on to their respective finals on Sunday. Providence, champions of the Atlantic Rugby Super Regional, were slated to face off against Northern Super Regional winners Palmer College at noon.
Providence's squad hit the ground running with an early try against the Dragons, setting the tone for the match. Though Palmer proved to be a fit team with excellent skills, but Providence's experience and cohesion brought them ahead. The Dragons found themselves stopped every time by relentless defense. Palmer's only points in the first 40 came from a penalty kick near the uprights. The first half of the Final Four closed out with Providence ahead 12-3.
The second half saw Palmer collect themselves for a more effective attack, scoring twice. But Providence's momentum couldn't be stopped. The team from Rhode Island maintained their lead, winning the game with a final score of 27-13.
As Providence played Palmer on Field 4, their competition for Sunday was being decided in a match between the Berkeley All-Blues II and the Knoxville Minx. The Minx put on a spectacular showing, earning a lopsided 70-10 win against the All-Blues, a historically strong side. Providence will play the Minx at 10:45am in the main stadium.