In their first year of competition, the South Mecklenburg Tigers rugby club won the North Carolina Youth Rugby Union U19 state championship May 21.
The Tigers beat rival Matthews Vipers 22-15 at the Charlotte Rugby Club. The teams tied 19-19 in their only previous game this season. The Tigers finished the season 5-1-1.
The Tigers were down 15-12 near the end of the first half but scored two tries in the second and kept the Vipers from any further scoring to secure the win.