Mid-Atlantic Recap: Home Teams Rule in Mid-Atlantic

Clubs in the Mid-Atlantic are putting exclamation points on their seasons.

Only two weeks remain in the fall and the clubs in the Mid-Atlantic are putting exclamation points on their seasons. With the Eagles playing in Chicago, many squads took Saturday off while others battled for important victories.

In men's Division I, the Potomac Exiles overcame a three-game losing streak to explode into the win column with a 33-7 victory over the Washington Irish. The Exiles never trailed and scored five tries for their second win of the season.

The lone match of Division II saw Washington pick up its first win of the year against the Richmond Lions, 32-24.  Flanker Anwar Muhammad led the way with a hat trick to conclude the fall.

"Our defense stepped up and we got to play our gameplan," coach Jovilisi Fotovili said of the first win. "The challenge this season has been numbers... Going forward, we need committed players. We showed that this fall and will continue working through the gameplan."

It wasn't a good weekend for the road team in Division III as Western Suburbs, Baltimore-Chesapeake, Severn River, the Washington Renegades, Reading, Jersey Shore, and Virginia Beach defended home field for dominating victories.

The Washington Renegades were most impressive sweeping a pair of games versus North Bay to lead Division III and Division IV in the standings. "Our goal was to keep possession and drag them into deep water where we felt we had an advantage," coach Steven Davis indicated. "Both of their sides were very fast off the line as a defense and their kicking gave us some trouble, but all the high volume of rugby basics we practice day in and day out and our conditioning were on display this weekend and have served us well all season."

For Reading's 56-5 bludgeoning of Happy Valley, coach Raymond Bickley's squad took advantage of the Barbarians who didn't travel well. Reading racked up ten tries and Bickley attributed the win to big plays. "We got some young players who are still working on their fundamentals but they are really aggressive. Our youth and that Happy Valley were a little weak [won the game]."

At 4-2, Reading is only three standing points behind this Saturday's opponent, undefeated Media. "We have to win the breakdown," Bickley said. "We have to work on more team effort and not stand around watching guys making plays. We are getting there."

Lastly, the Virginia Beach Falcons earned a berth into the Division III South semifinals with a 64-7 battering of Rappahannock. After winning its first two games by wide margins, the Falcons have dropped two of their last three games.

"To win Saturday, believing in each other was key as we had too many guys being individuals trying to score that 40 meter try instead of offloading to the four guys that were open on the outside," coach Dave Greninger said. "I posted a quote from Richie McCaw this week saying make your teammates better and improve the players by looking left and right, trust in their abilities. That's what we did on Saturday."

Saturday's semifinal pits the top two scoring clubs in the Division III South against each other. "Looking at the league tables, we were the top scoring team in our division and Roanoke were as well in theirs," Greninger said. "They scored 270 points this year and that tells us they are a strong attacking side but they have given up more points against them. There are holes in their defense that we will look to exploit.

Potomac Exiles33Washington Irish7Men - DI
Richmond Lions24Washington Rugby32Men - DII-South
Western Suburbs Rugby54Frederick Rugby26Men - DIII-Central
Baltimore-Chesapeake D324West Potomac7Men - DIII-Central
Virginia GriffinsForfeitSevern River RugbyWinMen - DIII-Central
Washington Renegades43North Bay Rugby14Men - DIII-Central
Charlotte Barabarians43Raleigh Vipers7Men - DIII-Non-Conference
Reading Rugby56Happy Valley Barbarians5Men - DIII-North
Jersey Shore Sharks73Blackthorn Rugby12Men - DIII-North
Virginia Beach Falcons64Rappahannock Rugby7Men - DIII-South
Washington Renegades D422North Bay Rugby D410Men - DIV
Patuxent River RugbyForfeitMaryland StingersWinWomen - DIII-South