1949: Harvard Ruggers Return From Bermuda With 1-3-1 Record

Tuesday, April 12, 1949

The team opened rugby week in Hamilton against the British Army's "Barbarians," whom they shellacked, 16 to 3. Tuesday the team tied the Bermuda Athletic Association, 3 to 3, and Thursday they tied Yale by the same score.

Final Game Scoreless Tie With Princeton; Title Goes to Yale

The Harvard Rugby Club played to a 0-0 tie with Princeton at Bermuda last Sunday morning and thereby closed out its five game series in Bermuda's rugby week with a record of one win, three ties, and a single loss. In Big Three competition, Yale finally won the title with a win and a tie (with Harvard) while the Crimson came second with a pair of ties.

Creamed by the Navy

Saturday the cream of an estimated 10,000 sailors walloped the team, the Royal Navy all-stars winning, 15 to 0. In the second half of that day's double header Yale beat Princeton, 6 to 0.

Consequently, the Big Three title depended on the outcome of the Sunday Harvard-Princeton game.

Exhausted by the brilliant play of the Royal Navy team the previous day and by manifold strength-sapping social obligations, the Rugby Club was unable to summon enough power on Palm Sunday morning to gain the needed win over an admittedly weaker Tiger squad.

After a slight five hour delay at the Bermuda airport, the team left Bermuda at 11 p.m. Sunday night and arrived home about 4:30 a.m. yesterday. The players will take a one day moratorium before resuming practice Wednesday for the international battle with McGill Saturday.

By Donald Carswell, The Harvard Crimson