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RUGBY: FREE JACKS 10, JACKALS 9

Wian Conradie’s try lifts first-place New England Free Jacks over Dallas Jackals

The New England Free Jacks topped the Dallas Jackals, 10-9, in Quincy on Saturday to improve to 4-1.Lisa Li for New England Free Jacks

Wian Conradie scored the match’s lone try in the 24th minute and Jayson Potroz’s successful conversion helped the New England Free Jacks to a 10-9 victory over the Dallas Jackals in Major League Rugby on Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Quincy.

Despite steady rain, Potroz also converted his lone penalty kick, which tied the game at 3-3 in the 18th minute. Fellow flyhalf Martin Elias went 3-for-4 on penalty kicks, including one in the 52nd minute that marked only score of the second half.

Substitute hooker Andrew Quattrin appeared to extend the Free Jacks’ lead in the 64th minute, but his try was called back after a video review.

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The New England Free Jacks play in Utah on Friday.Courtesy

Dallas threatened in the final minute, but the Free Jacks forced a penalty at their own 5-meter line to seal victory, their second goal-line stand of the game.

New England, which was playing without several starters, improved to 4-1 and strengthened its grip on first place in the Eastern Conference. The Jackals fell to 0-6.

The Free Jacks visit the Utah Warriors on Friday (9:30 p.m.), then return home to take on the Chicago Hounds on April 8.