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Andover High boys rally, but fall short in Division 2 rugby final

Milton High tacklers Alosha Digges and Philippe Janvier try to corral Andover High’s Jacob Burte during Saturday’s Division 2 state rugby final in Devens.
Milton High tacklers Alosha Digges and Philippe Janvier try to corral Andover High’s Jacob Burte during Saturday’s Division 2 state rugby final in Devens. Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe

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The Andover High boys’ rugby squad was determined to repeat as Division 2 state champions, rallying from an early 12-point deficit Saturday in the title match against Milton at Fort Devens.

Though the comeback was valiant, the Warriors’ penalty kick – which would have tied the score with seconds remaining – sailed just wide, and Andover fell, 15-12,

Andover, which finished at 5-4, is part of a burgeoning movement under the Massachusetts Youth Rugby Association (MYRO), which hosted Saturday’s finals.

Established in 2010, it features seven divisions, including Division 1, 1A, and 2 for boys, along with groups for emerging boys’ and girls’ team

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