Red River Recap: Top Teams Continue to Separate from the Herd

As the season gets closer to crunch time, the top teams are starting to step up their game.

Men’s Division I:
Both of the games in Red River Men’s Division I play were lopsided this weekend, with both the Austin Huns and Dallas Harlequins landing massive wins. For the Huns they beat San Antonio Rugby 85-21. Flyhalf Michael Hunter’s boot helping to establish the early lead, which they would not relinquish.

It was closer in the Dallas Harlequins win over the West Houston Lions, but it was still a convincing, 67-45, victory. The Harlequins pulled away early and didn’t look back. The Lions did a good job of trying to get back into the fight, but the Harlequins always had an answer.

Women’s Division I:

The Austin Valkyries returned to some of last year’s form when they dismantled the Dallas Harlequins, 45-12 over the weekend. Stepping up for the Valkyries was their outside center Karla Navarrete, who scored a hat-trick.

 

Men’s Division II:

Only one game was played in the south competition. It saw Houston Athletic take on Woodlands Rugby. Woodlands shot out to an early lead, before HARC scored 25 unanswered points. The Woodlands tried to get their way back into the match, but they were suffocated by HARC. Final score 32-19 to HARC.

Two games took place in the north competition. Dallas Rugby D2 were red hot against crosstown rival, Dallas Athletic- winning 67-19. Sam Rabb scored a hat-trick for Dallas Rugby D2. The other game was much closer and saw the Austin Blacks D2 unable to hang with Fort Worth Rugby. Opening a 22-0 lead in just 35 minutes proved too much for the Blacks D2 squad to overcome.

Women’s Division II:
Dallas Athletic’s women put on a display and beat Dallas Rugby, 34-15. Five different players scored tries, including Kayla Kilbury who scored a brace. The other game was a strong showing from the Little Rock Stormers and they crashed through Bay Area Rugby, 71-12.

Men’s Division III:

In the north, Alliance Rugby and the Grand Prairie Mavericks were big winners over Denton Rugby and Dallas Rugby D3 respectively. Alliance was able to overpower Denton, to the tune of 73-12. While it wasn’t quite as simple for the Mavericks, they did not have to worry about the scoreline too much either as they won, 45-17.

In the central competition, both games were settled by a margin of 10. The McAllen Knights were too good for Alamo City Rugby, seeing them off 38-28. In the other game, the Austin Huns D3 side continued their strong season with a 34-24 win over the Corpus Christi Crabs.

Down south, Houston United D3 remains undefeated after convincingly beat Bay Area Rugby, 63-20. Woodlands Rugby D3 was not up to the task against a strong Galveston Rugby team, falling 76-0. A last minute try was not enough for the Kingwood Crusaders to sneak by the Houston arrows, as they fell 24-22.

Men’s Division IV:

A busy weekend in Division IV play saw a mixed bag of results. In the North, there were blowouts and some cliff hangers. Abilene Rugby and Tyler Hoplites both scored commanding victories over the Grand Prairie Mavericks D4, 39-17 , and Dallas Athletic D4, 79-22, respectively. The closest encounter came in the Alliance D4 and Fort Worth Ruby D4 match; where a missed conversion was the difference between the two, as Alliance D4 took the win, 14-12.

In the South, only one game was played and it was a lopsided 67-5 victory for San Marcos Greys D4 over Galveston Rugby D4.