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PHOTOS: Black and Blue boys rugby win state championship

by CASEY KREIDER, Daily Inter Lake
| May 14, 2022 7:00 PM

The Flathead Valley Black and Blue boys rugby team took home a state championship title with a 12-0 win over the Missoula Mud Dogs at the State Rugby Tournament held at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14.

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Helena Hooligans in the semifinals of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Helena Hooligans in the semifinals of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Helena Hooligans in the semifinals of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Helena Hooligans in the semifinals of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) receives a pass from Luke Leech (4) in the championship game against the Missoula Mud Dogs in the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Fin Nadeau (9) chases down a Missoula Mud Dog opponent outside a scrum during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley and Helena battle for a lineout during the semifinals of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Toby Snackenberg (16) is tackled by a Missoula Mud Dog opponent after a run during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Matthew Melby (21) runs with the ball against the Helena Hooligans in the semifinals of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Luke Leech (4) is brought down by a Missoula Mud Dog defender during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Luke Leech (4) is brought down by a Missoula Mud Dog defender during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Fin Nadeau (9) punts the ball into Missoula Mud Dog territory during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Wyatt Thomason (6) breaks free for a run against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Wyatt Thomason (6) breaks free for a run against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Fin Nadeau (9) passes to a teammate during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament against the Missoula Mud Dogs at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Matthew Melby (21) runs with the ball against the Helena Hooligans in the semifinals of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Matthew Melby (21) runs with the ball against the Helena Hooligans in the semifinals of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Sawyer Troupe (13) is stopped just short of a try against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Sawyer Troupe (13) is stopped just short of a try against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Luke Leech (4) is stopped just short of a try against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Luke Leech (4) is stopped just short of a try against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Luke Leech (4) is stopped just short of a try against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Fin Nadeau (9) tackles a Missoula Mud Dog opponent during the championship game at the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue captain Fin Nadeau (9) fires up the team before the championship game against the Missoula Mud Dogs at the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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The Flathead Valley Black and Blue pose with the championship trophy after defeating the Missoula Mud Dogs 12-0 at the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Luke Leech (4) wins possession off a lineout against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Wyatt Thomason (6) reaches for a try against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Wyatt Thomason (6) breaks free for a run against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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The Flathead Valley Black and Blue celebrate on the field after their 12-0 win over the Missoula Mud Dogs in the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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Flathead Valley Black and Blue's Jake Rendina (1) runs with the ball against the Missoula Mud Dogs during the championship game of the State Rugby Tournament at Glacier High School on Saturday, May 14. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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