A Quiet Weekend in the Red River Produces Some Big Scores

Tulsa and Dallas were locked in a tight fight until the last minute.

Women's Division II
Tulsa Rugby defeated Austin Valkyries 25-15 in a matchup of the two D2 division leaders. Tulsa got on the board first with the first three tries of the match, to take a 15-0 lead at the half way mark. Kristi Ritchie put Austin on the scoreboard with a 53rd minute try. Tulsa now led 15-5. Coffelt converted her second try of the match to increase the Tulsa lead 20-5. Austin converted two straight tries to narrow the lead to only five. Then a final minute Tulsa try by Nicole Morgan secured the 25-15 victory for Tulsa.

Little Rock defeated Dallas Rugby 31-12 thanks in part to Andrea Carter's two tries in the match. Little Rock head coach Kate Turpin said that they emphasized somethings on practice and she saw that on the pitch on Saturday. "We spent a lot of time working on the breakdown and maintaining possession on offense," Turpin said. "For this weekend that was the deciding factor the two teams were fairly equal as far as skill level." Little Rock has new players on the squad and scoring two tries in the first seven minutes helped the team settle down. "We're such a new team that having that quick jump start really built our confidence and allowed us to relax a little bit," Turpin said. Up next for Little Rock is a match versus the Austin Valkyries on Saturday.

Men's Division I:
The Austin Blacks defeated the Little Rock Stormers 101-12 in the only match featuring D1 teams on Easter weekend. Austin who is in a battle with Dallas Rugby for top position in the standings takes first place with the victory.Austin Blacks head coach Tane Jericevich likes the improvement his team has been showing
"We've been improving every week," Jericevich said. "Our real focus has been to be holding on to the ball. Just maintaining possession and controlling the game. It went quite well against Little Rock." According to Jericevich the team has bough into the team concept. "It was team effort. Everyone is putting in and doing their job," Jericevich said. For Jericevich and the Austin Blacks, they are taking things one week at a time. "We make sure that we are getting better individually every week. We focus on that more than getting a 'W'. The score lines will take care of themselves," Jericevich said.