Portland rugby team battles college squad

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Freshman Will Hogan, of the U-19 Portland rugby team, featuring players from the city and beyond, smashes through a defender helping to set up Portland’s second try in their match against the College B’s Saturday. It was Portland’s second match this year, the first which resulted in a 10-0 loss to reigning N.H./Maine champion Seacoast. Saturday, against a team consisting of players from Colby, Bates, U. Maine-Farmington and the University of Maine, the “Power Pigs” trailed 20-0 after the first stanza, but battled back and got two tries from Portland High flanker Jacob Bigelow and a conversion from Casco Bay High’s Sammy Astrachan to cut the deficit to 20-12. The collegians scored once more to account for the 25-12 final score.