Red River Recap: Teams’ Resiliency on Display

It wasn't always pretty but teams found a way

Men’s Division I:

Two very different games were played in Red River Men’s  Division I competition over the weekend. San Antonio Rugby and West Houston were locked in a tight tussle; whereas Dallas Rugby and the Dallas Harlequins  played out a match which was the polar opposite.

The first game of the weekend, saw the West Houston Lions squander a half time lead to San Antonio Rugby. The Lions were in control of the match after 40 minutes, leading 17-14. They held their lead until the 53rd minute when San Antonio’s scrumhalf found a way over the line. This got the ball rolling and San Antonio would score 17 unanswered points. Leaving the Lions with 12 minutes to come up with 14 points to draw the match level. They came awfully close, but after missing a conversion in the 76th minute, the Lions weren’t able to score again. The scoreboard left to read 31-29 in favor of San Antonio.

Dallas Rugby rampaged their way through the Dallas Harlequins, 113-5. Thomas Hever was the pick of the lot crossing the line four times in the second half alone.

Women’s Division I:

The Austin Valkyries avoided being swept as they took down Houston Athletic, avenging their previous two losses. The first half of the game was close, with neither team being able to establish a lead larger than seven. However, the Valkyries blew the doors off in the final 20 minutes, outscoring HARC, 24-5. The Valkyries are now on top of the standings, but with two losses to their name, they will hope HARC are unable secure six points, or a bonus point win in their next two matches against the winless Dallas Harlequins.

 

Men’s Division II:

In the North, Fort Worth rugby got the win over, Dallas Athletic- 27-12. It was a shaky start for Fort Worth, down by two at the break, but a 15-point scoring spree helped create the separation needed to get them into the winner’s circle.

The South/Central competition saw a couple of games played, with Houston United dispatching of the San Marcos Greys, 44-15; and West Houston Lions D2 doing what their first division squad couldn’t and taking down their San Antonio D2 opposition, 52-33.

 

Men’s Division III:

The reigning national champions, Austin Blacks D3- look primed to make another run at the title, as they continue to rip apart their opponents. This time round they took down the Corpus Christi Crabs 90-7. The Austin Huns D3 squad also put in an good day’s work taking down Alamo City Rugby, 39-8.

In the south competition there were two massive wins for the Houston Arrows and Woodlands Rugby D3. The Arrows took down Bay Area Rugby 65-14. The Woodlands Rugby D3 beat the Kingwood Crusaders, 93-24.