NEWPORT, RI – In their inaugural season of entering a premier 7s qualifier team, Mystic River Rugby Club has earned a spot in the National Sweet 16 playoffs. Entering the NRU playoffs as the #5 seed, the Mystics were able to advance to the semi-final with wins over Long Island 35-17 and Boston B 56-0. The Mystics led perennial contender Boston 10-0 at half but suffered a collapse of play in the second period allowing three tries to lose 17-21. In the all important consolation final against NYAC II to determine who goes on to the national playoffs, the Mystics found themselves trailing early but rallied behind the strong play of Adnan Kawuma, Trevor McKenzie and captain Dimitri Efthimiou to secure a trip to San Francisco with a 35-5 victory.
ACTON, MA – The Mystic River Rugby Club won its 4th New England (Acton) 10s Championship in 5 years on Sunday behind an impressive display of skills by captain Dimitri Efthimiou, Adnan Kawuma and Mystic tournament MVP Karl Darragh. The Mystics defeated the Vandals 12-7 in the opening game of the day before getting heated up and defeating Seacoast Alumni 42-7 in pool play. In the Quarter Final, the Mystics demolished host Old Gold 57-5 and then defeated UConn 38-0 to set up a championship with Durham who are on tour from the UK and had previously defeated Mystic in the Middlesex 10s championship Friday night.
Given the opportunity for redemption, the Mystics rose to the occasion. Down 3-5 at the half on a nifty Karl Darragh drop goal, unselfish and inspired overall play led to two tries finished off by Nate Fox and the final result of 15-5.