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USA Club Rugby Report: Milwaukee Scylla Win Women’s DII National Championship; Abigail Williams Named Player Of The Match

Milwaukee Scylla are the DII USA Rugby Women’s Club Rugby champion with a 16-15 win over San Francisco Golden Gate (SFGG), who found very little room to run. Milwaukee stood tall, hit hard, ran with power, and frustrated SFGG the entire match. No player was more dominating in every aspect of the game than center Abigail Williams, who was named Player of the Match with 2 tries and multiple big hits.

First Half

Scylla dominated the first 40 in nearly every aspect: scrums, line-outs, mauls, territory, and the clock. San Francisco could not stop Scylla in the set piece or get their own going, giving Milwaukee the advantage most of the match. The last 15, however, belonged to SFGG, whose offloading and quickness took over as the battering ram tactics took its toll on Milwaukee’s fitness. With a player in the sin bin for the last few minutes of the half, SFGG showed how speed kills with a try from winger Sara Maurer. Golden Gate looked to be taking command of the match as time expired but Scylla would find their second wind.

Second Half

The second 40 was a slugfest and battle of attrition as the opposing tactics made for a struggle. San Francisco found nowhere to run against the hard-hitting Scylla defense. Milwaukee’s attack chewed more clock than territory early in the second half leaving the clubs at a standstill, but Abigail Williams would strike again. The powerful runner brushed off SFGG tacklers on her way to her second try, the lead, and ultimately the win. Williams was seemingly everywhere yet she played her position perfectly, Golden Gate simply had no answer for her on attack or defense. Discipline nearly undid Scylla but an uncharacteristic miss from Golden Gate’s fly-half Lindsey Kinsler sealed their fate and Milwaukee Scylla went home champions.



-By Jason Graves