Columbia RFC Places Top 3 in Bermuda Tournament
Columbia RFC faces off against Bermuda All Stars
With the injection of a strong freshman core and two football converts, Columbia University Rugby Football Club unleashed their true potential in Bermuda this past March.
Columbia Closes 4-2 Overall at the 2019 Bermuda Intl 7s
Day 1 kicked off the pool matches. First up was against University of Loyola, Maryland, where Columbia recovered from conceding 2 early tries to win 22-12. The second game, against the Bermuda All Stars National Team 1 saw them go down 7-24. But determined to attain a high seed for the knockout rounds, the A side finished off Colgate University 59-0 to end the day.
IOn Day 2, Columbia came back from a 0-14 deficit and went on to win the game 26-19 as they scored with less than minute left on the clock. The semi-finals drew Columbia A side with Bermuda All Stars National Team 1, where they lost in a low scoring match 7-12.
Determined to close with a win, Columbia came away with a 21-19 win over Ohio State, a Div 1 A team ranked 15th in the country.
Taking significant strides forward, the team's athletic talent was sent to Bermuda as a stepping-stone toward the Ivy 7s and to build on team culture.
Columbia Captain Roland Chen perfectly summed up the Bermuda tournament: "We had a fantastic tour of Bermuda. Because of slight mishaps, we were not allowed a chance at the championship, but still produced a very respectable third place position. With a cohesive defense structure and a fluid offense, this is the highest level of rugby I have ever seen this club play. More importantly, we have become a cohesive team, and this spirit of teamwork will carry us far. I am confident that we will produce results in the coming tournaments."