Red River Recap: Teams Begin to Pull Away

Despite the season still being so young, pivotal matchups were played this weekend and the winners gave themselves some room to breathe atop the ladder.

Men's Division I:

The Dallas Harlequins got their first win of the year over the weekend against San Antonio Rugby, 34-19. It was one way traffic from the opening kickoff, as the Harlequins scored 34 unanswered points. San Antonio tried to get their way back into it, through Trevor Brunet- who scored 14 points in 10 minutes; but it was too little too late. The other fixture saw the Austin Huns get their second win of the year through a comfortable 40-7 drubbing of the West Houston Lions.

Women's Division I:

What looked like it could have been a close matchup heading into the weekend, proved to be anything but. Houston Athletic were on a mission as they bulldozed their way through the Dallas Harlequins. Delia Nava was lethal with the boot contributing 14 points to HARC's efforts going on to win 73-0.

Men's Division II:

Dallas Rugby D2 got an impressive 43-0 win over local rival Fort Worth Rugby. Dallas was helped by wing, Tom Hever who notched up a hattrick and hooker Jeff Robertson who matched the number on his back with two tries. The Austin Huns D2 followed their D1 team's suit and beat Dallas Athletic by a convincing 43-17 scoreline.

In the central division Houston United took down San Marcos 45-17. Mitchell Early was the star for HURT as he bagged a double in the win.


Women's Division II:

The only game to take place in the Women's Red River Division II competition put San Antonio Riveters over Dallas Athletic, 57-12. Playing a massive role in the Riveters win for Christine Krieger who scored 17 points.


Men's Division III:

Completing a perfect day for the Austin Huns were their D3 squad, who were able to beat Alamo City Rugby, 34-18. Playing their first game since their National Championship last year, were Austin Black D3. They picked up where they left off, smothering Corpus Christi 50-0. The biggest win of the day saw the Grand Prairie Mavericks leave Denton Rugby picking up the pieces, as the Mavericks went home with a 97-0 victory.

Elsewhere in a rivalry match, HURT D3 were able to keep home field advantage over Galveston Rugby, beating them 36-19. However, expect Galveston to come back guns blazing in the return fixture. Bay Area rugby came back from a 17-0 deficit to beat the Houston Arrows, 31-29. A yellow card against the Arrows was their foil; as Bay Area put up 21 points in the ten minutes they enjoyed a man advantage. The final game saw Woodlands D3 land a confidence building 22-5 win over the Kingswood Crusaders.