Highlanders gear up for 2014

February 7, 2014 

Thomas Reynolds (center) of the Highlanders tries to break through the line against Southern Pines last weekend.

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The all new Cedar Falls turf field saw its first live rugby action last weekend, when the Chapel Hill Highlanders hosted a double-header on Feb. 1.

Now in their 10th year as a club comprising players from all the local high schools, the Highlanders defeated the 2013 state finalist Raleigh Rattlesnakes 19-12 and went on to defeat Southern Pines 12-5. Following the Highlanders’ game, the Chapel Hill Warriors men’s club defeated Triad Rugby Club 50-20.

“Although early in the season and only friendly games, the Highlanders have put down a marker of intent for the season with these early wins against strong opponents” commented Highlanders Head Coach Robert Joseph.

The facilities at Cedar Falls easily accommodated four teams, their coaches and supporters, all of whom were impressed with the quality of the new playing surface. The fact that everyone could plan for the games safe in the knowledge that, despite recent bad weather, the all weather turf would ensure that the games would be played is a huge advantage for rugby in the Chapel Hill area.

Chapel Hill Highlanders train 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings under the lights at Cedar Falls. The club welcomes new recruits of all sizes, abilities, with or without prior rugby experience, Joesph said. Further information about the club, including the Under 15s and Junior teams, can be found at www.highlandersrfc.org or www.facebook.com/HighlandersRugby.

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