It was an enthralling 'Battle of the Barbarians' in the Men's Division III Championship that went the way of Wichita after a Tri-City infraction in the dying seconds allowed the Kansas Club to secure the victory with a penalty kick. Wichita would go on to win their match 30-28.
In what might have been the match of the weekend, the two clubs traded blows for the entire 80 minutes. Tri-City opened the scoring with a Devon Benedict try in the 10th minute. Following a Tri-City yellow card that put them down a man, Wichita would open their scoring with a Stephen Wright try in the 26th minute, bringing the score to 7-7.
Neither team would be able to separate themselves from the other from that point on, ending the first half 14-14.
Tri-City had not trailed at any point in the game's first 45 minutes, that is until a Seth Akpovona try gave Wichita a 19-14 lead. Wichita would then capitalize on a Dustin Fross penalty kick to up their lead to 22-14.
Following the theme of the day however, Tri-City would quickly rebound and cut the Wichita lead to one, 22-21, with just over 20 minutes to play. Wichita's Derek Hargrave added a try of his own to increase his club's lead to six but a costly yellow card following a dump tackle would set up Tri-City to take the lead following a converted try by Samisoni Hafoka, 28-27.
When the penalty had ended for Wichita, only a few minutes remained on the scoreboard. The Wichita Barbarians would go on to recover possession and score what would have been a winning try. Following video review, the play was called back and it appeared as if Tri-City would hold on. However, one more costly penalty would give Wichita the chance they needed.
Dustin Fross would again be called on for a kick on the left-hand side. Fross' kick was strong and sure, as he was set up not far from the posts. As the kick sailed through the uprights, the Wichita bench exploded with excitement as their team capped a crazy back and forth match with a 30-28 win.