Sacramento Jesuit beat defending national champions, Xavier, in the Emirates Airline USA Rugby 2011 Boy's High School National Championship on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Matt Chipman, Jesuit's wing, was named the team's MVP and helped his team claim a National title with two exhilirating tries.
Xavier came out swinging against Jesuit in the first half and went punch-for-punch in the first half, but fell a bit flat in the second perhaps due to the emotional fatigue that followed a hair-raising penalty kick-off. Jesuit cruised through their quarterfinal and semifinal matches, and looked a bit sharper and a little more dangerous than Xavier.
Jesuit's dangerman, Chipman, the electric winger who made Xavier pay everytime he had the ball and showed that he had an uncanny ability to create something out of nothing. Chipman's efforts were complemented by his scrumhalf, Nick Boyer. Boyer assumed the kicking duties for James Poindexter who went out early in the game to injury.
In a true team effort, Jesuit's defense was ruthless and caused Xavier to hesitate and second-guess themselves, creating a very off-rhythm offsensive effort.
Chris Fry, the fiery (in both hair and temperment...) lock was a force for Jesuit and made some crunching tackles and destructive runs to help move his team down the pitch.
Jesuit finished with a comfortable 50-27 win and a National Championship that they can take back to Northern California.