Hudson Rugby Club Division 1 boys team stomps Avon

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The Hudson Rugby Club Division 1 boys team earned a lopsided 50-7 victory over Avon May 9 at Lavelli Field.

With the win, Hudson secured a spot in the state playoffs. Center Jared Ruffing led the team with four tries. Fullback Jason Eulberg scored one try and added five conversions.

Forwards Derek Hess and Dominic DeGeronimo each scored one try as did forward Steven Dine, who powered through the heart of Avon's forward pack.

Hudson's Division 1 team now prepares for the state playoffs.

Hudson was scheduled to play Pinkerington May 17 at Portman Park in Canal Winchester. Results were not available at press time.

"The kids have played hard all season," head coach Mike Johanson said. "They learned to play high-quality rugby. They are able to score a lot of points. If we can keep mistakes to a minimum, Hudson is capable of beating any team in the playoffs."

Ruffing led Ohio Division 1 players in tries and points scored as of press time. Jason Eulberg led the league in conversions and was second in total points scored.

The Division 2 team lost a 34-24 decision to Akron Coventry May 1 at Lavelli Field.

Center Sean Hill had 3 tries, while scrum half Caleb Bentley added one try. Danny Bruce contributed two conversions.

Hudson tied the match at 24 with less than two minutes remaining, but Coventry rallied with two quick tries, ending Hudson's playoff hopes.

Information regarding state qualifying can be found at www.rugbyohio.com/page/show/1009312-hs-boys-d1-2014-.

For details on the Hudson Rugby Club, visit its facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/Hudsonrugbyclub/.

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