Three USA Rugby South’s Conference Clubs Advance to Quarterfinals

Teams from the South book their way into the quarters.

Three clubs from the Southern Conference of the USA Rugby South Regional Finials - one Division II Women's, one Men's Division II, and one Men's Division III - advanced to the quarters following Sunday's matchups in Southern Pines, North Carolina.  In every division, the four clubs played two games, followed by the championship matchups.  So, in each division, there were three games.

The Charlotte Women's RFC advance for the USA Rugby South Division Two Women.  The Atlanta Renegades represent the USA Rugby South's for the Division II men.  And the Palm Beach Panthers will play in Ohio for USA Rugby's Division III game.  All three of Sunday's Finals were tightly fought matches, all won by a try or less.

Women's Division II:
On Saturday, in the opening round with 32 teams, Fort Miami defeated the Atlanta Harlequins D-II 23 to 21, and the Charlotte Women's RFC defeat the Knoxville Minx 24 to 21.

On Sunday, Saturday's winners Fort Miami and Charlotte met for the Sweet Sixteen round to see which club would advance to the quarterfinal.  After a hard-fought matchup between Charlotte and Fort Miami, Charlotte came from behind to beat Fort Miami 24 to 21. 

After Sunday's victory, Charlotte said this about its victory:

Charlotte Women's team just won the USA South Division 2 Championship! They will be advancing to the Round of 8 in Ohio in 2 weeks.  Thank you to all our members, players, fans, and friends.  We could not do this without you!  [A] special shout out to [Women's Coach] Brad Richard for bringing home two South championships to Charlotte in 3 years.


Men's Division II
In Saturday's two True South clubs competed against two teams from the Carolinas/Georgia.  Southern Pines RFC pummeled the New Orleans RFC 71 to 17.  The Atlanta Renegades decisively won the game against the Birmingham Vulcans 41 to 24, setting up the third championship game Sunday.

On Sunday, Saturday's winners, the Atlanta Renegades and the Southern Pines RFC both fought to the finish to earn the quarterfinal berth.  In the end, the Renegades edged out Southern Pines 30-29.  Following the Renegades' win over Southern Pines, Atlanta said the following about the matchup:

"[The] Atlanta Renegades D2 side advance to The Nationals after defeating Southern Pines Rugby 30-29. What a game and what an opponent! Credit to the newly promoted side and congratulations to the [Rene]gades!!!"

Men's Division III
The Asheville Iguanas (ARFC) defeated the Augusta Maddogs 44 to 38.  In the other match, the Palm Beach Panthers barely beat the Montgomery Yellowhammers 25 to 24.

On Sunday, Asheville and Palm Beach competed to grab a slot at the upcoming quarterfinal matchup.  In a tightly fought game, the Palm Beach Panthers squeaked by the Asheville RFC 25 to 24.  After the Iguanas' narrow loss to the panthers, the AFRC reflected on its season:

The Iguanas drop a heartbreaker to Palm Beach 25 to 24. [It was a] Valiant effort by Asheville! What an incredible season for ARFC!!! Congrats to Palm Beach and good luck!

What Lies Ahead for the Three Southern Region's Winners?
The next round of the playoffs, the Eastern Club Championships, will take place May 19-20 at Fortress Obetz in Obetz, OH.  In Women's Division II Quarterfinals, the Charlotte Women's RFC will compete against the Harrisburg (PA) Women's RFC.  In Men's Division II action, the Atlanta Renegades will take on the Doylestown (PA) Dragons.  In Men's Division III competition, the Palm Beach Panthers will square off against the Phoenixville (PA) White Horse Men.