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GHS rubgy team defeats Simsbury

May 6, 2018

Like last season, Greenwich’s rugby match against Simsbury on Saturday was a high-scoring affair. And like last season, the Cardinals came out on top.

Senior captain Eddie Schmidt’s two tries helped lead Greenwich to a 37-27 road win over Simsbury in a rematch of last season’s state championship game.

The victory raised Greenwich’s record to 12-2. The Cardinals have won the state championship 10 consecutive seasons. Greenwich entered halftime of Saturday’s matchup against Simsbury with a two-try lead.

“They (Simsbury) needed to win this game or they would be out of the playoffs, so this was their last stand and they played like it,” GHS coach Joe Kelly said. “It was a very good win by our team.”

Schmidt capped the Cardinals’ first half by running 50 yards for a try. Senior captain Sebastian Villani, junior Larry DeLuca and Schmidt scored one try apiece in the second half for Greenwich.

“Our opponent was great, it was a state final rematch, so we knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Bennett Tiedy, also one of the Cardinals’ senior captains. “We’re happy to pick up the win against a strong opponent like Simsbury.”

Up next for Greenwich is a Senior Night game against in-state rival Staples on Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

“That will be a game between two undefeated teams in the league, we are both 4-0 in the state,” Tiedy said. “Staples has always been a good opponent.”