Hermits Capture Program’s 1st Rugby State Championship

May 27, 2017


View photos from the memorable match by clicking here: 2017 Rugby State Final

(Originally Printed in the Press of Atlantic City)

By Guy Gargan for the Press

The St. Augustine Prep rugby team turned a third shot at the state championship into a big win Saturday.

St. Augustine beat Delbarton School 41-13 in the state championship game at Rumson-Fair Haven High School. Senior Adam Borai scored four tries for the Hermits and was named the Man of the Match. A try earns five points, and it’s the rugby equivalent to a touchdown. The Prep led 29-0 at halftime.

Statewide, there are five varsity rugby teams, and they play in the Single School, or Gold Division. Delbarton, of Morristown in Morris County, beat St. Augustine the past two years in the state final.

“The guys did a tremendous job,” said Brendan Towell, who is in his first year as St. Augustine head coach after assisting for five years. “It was great to get there the last two years, but we needed to seal the deal. We hope to keep this rolling. There are four North Jersey teams, and we’re happy to bring the championship to South Jersey.”

Borai, who plays the prop position, gave a lot of credit to teammate Jared Hannah, a scrum half. Borai is a four-year varsity starter.

“I think this year we played more cohesive as a team and that led to the win,” said Borai, a 17-year-old Mays Landing resident. “This year was our best chance of winning, and we took advantage of it.”

St. Augustine’s John George, Devon Matthews and Sean Lenzsch, all juniors, each scored one try. George also had three conversion kicks (a conversion kick is worth two points).

Borai will play rugby for the University of Miami (Florida) next year. Senior Shane Goldsmid will play for St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia), and senior Patrick McMaster will play for St. Mary’s College of California.