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Thursday, April 21, 2016

DI Recap & Playoff Projections


The men's DI club playoffs are right around the corner. Some leagues have already made it to their playoffs while others are inching closer to the end of their regular seasons.

Pacific North

We'll start in the Pacific North where Life West and did what was expected of them and make it to next week's NorCal final where they will play the EPA Razorbacks. The Gladiators are missing many of their top players to PRO Rugby and that meant a tighter than usual affair for a team accustomed to blowing out their opponents. Still, in the end the Gladiators emerged with a 37-26 win over the Sacramento Lions. The Razorbacks narrowly edged Santa Rosa 33-31.

Whoever wins that match will play the winner of the Pacific Northwest. Right now that race is between ORSU and the Eastside Tsunami, both from Portland. They also play this weekend.

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Pacific South

The Pacific South still has a few weeks to go before the end of their season. Right now the Old Aztecs continue to hold down the top spot. They have also sealed in a spot in the final two that will determine who goes to nationals to play the winner from the Pacific North. The Old Aztecs took care of business last weekend with a 84-5 win over Downtown. OMBAC, Belmont Shore, and LA are all still in the hunt. OMBAC are the closest with 33 points to the Old Aztecs 40 but are only four point ahead of Belmont Shore and five ahead of LA.

OMBAC didn't play over the weekend but LA and Belmont Shore both won. Belmont Shore beat Santa Monica 41-33 thanks in large part to a big scoring outburst from Andrew Jackson. LA beat Pasadena 24-15 on tries from Omar Gonzalez, Joshua Sowa, Yann Ordu, and Abraham Waziri.

Red River

The Red River has always been about the Austin Blacks and the Dallas Reds. As things stand the Reds hold a two point advantage over the Blacks at the top of the table but the Blacks have a match in hand. Both teams were in action last weekend and both picked up big wins. The Reds beat NOLA 43-3 and the Blacks beat HARC 95-5. The Blacks are in action next week against the Huns.

Neither the Blacks nor the Reds can be caught so whoever prevails out of the two teams at the end of the season will face the winner from the Pacific North vs. the Pacific South.

Midwest

With only one week left in the regular season the Chicago Lions have cliched the top seed in the four team playoff. They did that by beating the Kansas City Blues 25-20. The Blues scored first before the teams traded penalties. The Lions temporarily went ahead on a David Whitney try and Quinn Macali penalty before the Blues took a 15-11 lead thanks to a try from Ian Parkinson. The Lions then scores twice through Daniel Coci and Travis Kamstra to lead by ten. The Blues scored a late try.

As things stand the Blues (#3 seed) will play Metropolis (#2 seed) in the semi-finals. Metropolis beat Columbus 60-31. The Griffins currently hold the last spot in the playoffs despite losing to Palmer 34-24. In the other result in the region Cincinnati beat Milwaukee 39-34.

Atlantic North

The winner of the Midwest will play the second team from the Atlantic North. Right now that's Mystic River. They have two games left in the season and they come against their two most difficult opponents, Old Blue and NYAC. Old Blue hold the top spot in the Atlantic North at the moment.

Mid-Atlantic

The Atlantic North winner will play the winner from the Mid-Atlantic playoff. No team is going to catch Rocky Gorge at the top of the table after they won their 12th straight match. This time it was a 44-5 result over NOVA. Norfolk are looking strong to be the number two seed after they smashed the Potomac Exiles 72-5. Schuylkill River can catch them even though they were narrowly beaten 32-31 by the Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies. The Brumbies hold the last playoff spot but are tied with the Pittsburgh Harlequins, the only other team in contention. The Harlequins won a forfeit match against the Raleigh Vipers.

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