It's time to check in with DI club play in the East.
Columbus have held on to their lead at the top of the Midwest standings with a 39-5 win over Palmer. The win puts them seven points clear of second place Chicago Lions and Metropolis. All teams in the division have played 12 matches with two left to play. Columbus boast a lot of players that played PRO Rugby last year and many of them got on the try scoring list. Riekert Hattingh, David Stauder, Roland Suniula, Tevita Maitavuki, and Dennis Steinbeck had tries.
The Lions did their best to at least given themselves a chance to try and catch Columbus as they beat Cincinnati 36-27. The Lions ran out to a 24-0 lead before Cincinnati got back into it. However, trading tries with the Lions the rest of the way wasn't going to overturn the result. Also in the Midwest, Kansas City beat Milwaukee 43-39.
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Field conditions played havoc with some scheduled matches in the Atlantic North. The one match that was able to go forward was a 65-0 win over Rocky Gorge from the Mid-Atlantic. The Atlantic North will get two teams into the club playoffs.
The same field problems that impacted the Atlantic North impacted the Mid-Atlantic. With Rocky Gorge splitting their team it didn't work out to week as they suffered their first defeat of the year. They lost to Wilmington 36-5. Despite the loss Rocky Gorge sit first in the standings. Pittsburgh are second followed by Schuylkill River and Norfolk. The top four teams in the Mid-Atlantic move on to a playoff to see who makes regionals. If Norfolk want to be one of those teams they need to not suffer 45-29 losses like they did to Baltimore-Chesapeake over the weekend.