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Newton wins rugby opener at home Friday

Breaking away from a Van Meter player is Newton’s Jacob B. Smith (7) for the winning 
try in Friday’s 2014 rugby opener at H.A. Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals won 28-21.
Breaking away from a Van Meter player is Newton’s Jacob B. Smith (7) for the winning try in Friday’s 2014 rugby opener at H.A. Lynn Stadium. The Cardinals won 28-21.

NEWTON — With the game tied at 21-21 and less than a minute remaining in the contest, Newton’s Cardinals went on the attack here Friday night. The Cardinal rugby club opened its 2014 season at home at H.A. Lynn Stadium.

Jacob B. Smith broke loose and raced down field for the winning try as the final seconds ticked off. The Cardinals beat Van Meter, 28-21.

Newton got its first points on a try by Ray Schroder. Jake Huizenga had two long runs for scores.

Newton also beat Boone, 28-21, later Friday night.

The Cardinals hosted several teams of the  Iowa Youth Rugby Association including Ankeny, Des Moines Roosevelt, Des Moines Lincoln, West Des Moines Dowling, Des Moines Hoover.

More on the Newton openers and a preview of Cardinal Rugby, which is coming of IAYRA state championship in 2013, for the 2014 season will be in Monday’s Newton Daily News.

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