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Teikyo survives Meiji scare to win 9th straight collegiate title

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Teikyo University rugby team celebrates after winning their school’s ninth straight title at the Japan University Championship at Chichibunomiya Stadium on Sunday.

The Japan News Teikyo survived a first-half scare to extend its record collegiate title streak to nine, beating Meiji 21-20 in the final of the Japan University Championship in Tokyo on Sunday.

Appearing in its first final since the 1998-99 season, Meiji overwhelmed the champions in the first half, scoring three tries and a conversion to enter halftime at 17-7.

The crowd at Chichibunomiya Stadium sensed an upset when Meiji kicker Kohei Horigome nailed a penalty goal in the 45th minute to extend the lead to 20-7. However, Teikyo bounced back to score two tries, and Koki Takeyama’s third conversion of the day gave the team a 21-20 lead in the 62nd minute.

Teikyo held off Meiji’s offense for about 20 minutes until the final whistle, winning its ninth straight title. Meiji last won a title in the 1996-97 season.

“We had to focus on defense for quite a long time,” Teikyo captain Kosuke Horikoshi said. “But we didn’t think the moment was tough or painful — we rather enjoyed it. And that [mentality] brought us the result we wanted.” Speech

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