rugby womens

The top ranked Acadia Axewomen faced off against reigning champs St. Francis Xavier X-Women on Sunday. (www.goxgo.ca)

The St. Francis Xavier X-Women have clinched the Atlantic University Sport Women’s Rugby Championship for the 15th year in a row.

Emma Taylor scored a try in the dying seconds of the second half of overtime, breaking the 12-12 tie. A successful conversion by fly half Sabrina McDaid made the final score 19-12 for St. FX. 

The number-one ranked Acadia Axewomen had hoped to break St. FX's 14-year winning streak.

This is the first time the final game of the women's rugby championship was played outside Antigonish. 

Leo MacPherson, AUS rugby chair, said that's proof that the women's game is becoming more popular.

"Female sports in Canada at the university level are really taking off. And rugby is no exception. I know in our campus at St. FX, rugby is a big deal. It's not down on the totem pole. And we're starting to see it creep up the totem pole in other campuses as well."

The championships take place amid some controversy over funding of women's sports teams.

UPEI is facing a human rights complaint.

The complainant alleges the school doesn't fund men's and women's teams equally.

“I think the vast majority of schools fund them equally. I know at St. FX we fund the men’s and women’s sports equally,” said MacPherson.