Back-to-back rugby titles for Athens

Athens defeated Rhodes 19-0 in Greek rugby’s final yesterday for back-to-back titles in a competition now just two years old. All the scoring in the final, a mostly lackluster game, came in the first half of play. Athens was pegged back by Rhodes following the break, but the islanders were unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities. «We feel great because we really believe we deserved to win the title – even if the game itself did not really live up to expectations,» said Athens prop Omiros Fanariotis, who also gave credit to Rhodes for the pressure they applied in the second half. Last season, Athens won the inaugural championship by default when Rhodes were unable to make the trip to the capital for the final because of bad weather. This year, the islanders flew to the capital for the final.

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