Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DI Club Recap: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest Heating Up

While most of the DI teams in the country are idle until the Spring teams in both the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic have been extremely active.


So far the Mid-Atlantic has gone to script with teams like Rocky Gorge coming away with several dominating wins. In fact, in their three matches, all of them wins, Rocky Gorge hasn't scored less than 37 points while giving up a total of 31. This last weekend they beat the Pittsburgh Harlequins 69-7. Matias Cima did most of the kicking as well as scoring a couple of tries. Chris Kunkel, who played with Ohio in Pro Rugby, also had a couple of try.

Also putting up a big score was the Schuylkill River Exiles who beat newly promoted Wilmington 79-3. Schuylkill River improved their record to 2-2 on the year with the win having lost earlier to Rocky Gorge and Norfolk while beating Baltimore-Chesapeake. For Wilmington they are searching for that first win.

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Baltimore-Chesapeake picked up an important 22-14 win over the Potomac Exiles. The Brumbies are now 1-2 on the year while the Exiles are also 1-2. Norfolk had the weekend off but they are also 1-2. The Harlequins, despite their loss to Rocky Gorge were unbeaten before that match and stand at 3-1.


This year the Midwest is full of surprises. After dominating last year the Chicago Lions are just 2-2 on the year thanks to their last second 25-20 win over Metropolis. The match was a game of who could score last. The Lions were able to change the game with two tries in a row to make the score go from 15-10 in favor of Metropolis to 20-15 in favor of the Lions. Metropolis would tie it up before the Lions scored their late try. For Metropolis it was their third loss on the season to go with two wins.

One team riding high before the weekend was the Kansas City Blues. They entered their match against Columbus unbeaten only to fall 37-19. Bolstered by players from PRO Rugby Columbus saw tries from Luke Hickey (twice), Chris Schade, Tevita Maitavuki, Derek Patick, Riebert Hattingh, and Ryan Cochran. The Blues saw tries from Kenny Scott, Matt Wirken, and Dalton Humphrey. Outside of their first match of the year Columbus has yet to lose.

In other results from the region the Chicago Griffins beat Palmer 14-7. Pete Smith did all the scoring for the Griffins. The Griffins are now 3-1 while Palmer are 2-3. Additionally, the Cincinnati Wolfhounds beat the Milwaukee Barbarians 41-10. The Wolfhounds are doing well this year having several close results and a 3-2 record. The Barbarians are without a win.

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