Texas and Colorado Run Rampant at West RCT

Texas completed a clean sweep on the Boys’ side of the Rocky Mountain Challenge, while Colorado and 5785 split the honors for the Girls’ Tier One and Two respectively.

The women played in a round robin format rather than pool play leading into knock out rounds. Both tiers were won in decisive fashion with the two different Colorado teams taking the honors. In the first tier, it was Colorado taking home the spoils after beating Oklahoma North Texas, by a cumulative 121-10 score line. After their impressive showing Colorado's head coach Jamie Burke put a lot of the success down to surrounding her team with a strong high-performance influence "I enlisted coaching support from Eagles, WPL stars, D1 women, and National Champions.  This meant the team had excellent coaching resources across position specific skills throughout the lead up and let them really develop well. It also meant that players got one-on-one coaching in a lot of instances, which also built those relationships that are helpful for making a successful team." It wasn't as successful for Rugby Colorado in the second tier as they were swept by instate rivals 5785. 5785 put in two punishing performances on Saturday and on Sunday capped their weekend off with another strong win 164-5. Results such as these show that women's rugby in Colorado is on the rise.

Commerce City, CO.- Texas completed a clean sweep on the Boys' side of the Rocky Mountain Challenge, while Colorado and 5785 split the honors for the Girls' Tier One and Two respectively.

For Texas, it was a dominant display across all age groups, as neither team dropped a single game throughout the tournament. Texas's Co-Director of rugby Steve Swindell noted about his teams' ability to win both tiers, "It's a great honor and to do it for both tiers was an amazing achievement from our boys...The boys put in the hard work to make it happen." Hard work it certainly was for the boys competing in tier one. They survived two close games in their pool play to advance through to the Championship game where they staved off a resilient 5785 team who had avenged a pool play loss to get themselves into the final. In the second tier the competition wasn't as close, with Texas amassing over 160 points in four games, and won their final against Wisconsin by a commanding 44-6 score line. Swindell noted that a lot of their success comes down to the work that MLR teams put into the local academies. "Austin Elite and Houston Sabercats are already involved with the local area academies I think it is important to show the young players in Texas the great rewards and benefits rugby can offer, with a clear pathway from High school to college, Club rugby, Professional rugby to even representing your country."

The next RCT takes place this weekend, with the Northeast Challenge will going on in New Jersey.