In the 99th minute of play in the Mid-Atlantic Group championship, Shane Coady of White Marsh Rugby Club broke free and scored a try to lift the Philadelphia team over the Washington Rugby Football Club, 14-10, yesterday at West Potomac Park.
White Marsh advanced to the Eastern Rugby Union championships in Philadelphia April 26-27. The winner there moves to the national rugby championship in Chicago in May.
White Marsh tied the score at 10 on Dave Horton's 40-yard penalty goal, off a high-tackle call against Washington, with approximately two minutes remaining in the 80-minute regulation.
(A penalty goal, similar to a field goal in football, is worth three points and a try, similar to a touchdown, is worth four.)
The teams played through two scoreless five-minute overtimes and nine minutes of sudden death before Coady ran 15 yards into the touch zone for the winning try.
"We each played a game yesterday (Saturday), so a lot of guys were emotionally and physically spent," said Washington fullback Bill Bernhardt, who kicked two penalty goals as the home club fell behind White Marsh, 7-6, at the end of the first half.
Bernhardt had made four of five penalty goals Saturday when Washington defeated Old Blue of New York City, 23-15, in one semifinal; White Marsh defeated Northern Virginia RFC, 28-15, in the other.
Washington wing Greg Pascal scored for a 10-7 lead when he took a pass from J.R. Robbins, swept around the left side and just reached the corner of the try zone. Bernhardt's conversion, attempted from the sideline, missed wide