May 18, 2013 - Greensboro, North Carolina - The stage was set for the USA Rugby Division 1A National Championship. Greensboro government officials were there. The military was honored and were present. The fans were excited. The teams were ready and prepared for what proved to be an epic battle. The preceding days were filled with anticipation and excitement. The weather was beautiful, although took a turn for the worse in the second half, and the College students participated in community service activities, had training sessions, and took time out for their studies.
The match itself was a tale of two halves. The Gaels dominated Life in the first 40 minutes, and showed their offensive skills by scoring two well manufactured trys. With that said, the most impressive moment of the match was the defensive stand by the Gaels in the closing ten minutes of the first half. Life University has a great team made up of big, strong, athletic rugby players who have out muscled their opponents when within reaching distance of the try zone. For those ten minutes the Gaels stood strong and tackled hard. Life's forwards attacked with the ball in hand at a ferocious pace and with rugged determination. Their efforts were in vain, as the Gaels took every challenge head on and denied Life entry into the try zone. The defensive stand was as impressive as any in rugby, and will be remembered by everyone who witnessed the Gaels impressive showing. The half was over, and the Gaels lead was 14 to 3.
The second half was quite different, although not without controversy. The rain started and intensified throughout the half, creating much different playing conditions than the first half. The high octane Gael offense struggled with maintaining possession and their turnovers lead to Life's scores. Life more than proved that they belonged adjusting their game plan to control the ball and keep most of their attacks within the forwards. A very conservative and effective tactic, with the end result, Life 16 - Saint Mary's 14.