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Thursday, April 13, 2017

DI East Coast Recap: Division Playoff Battles Close


It's time we check in with DI club play in the East.

Mid-Atlantic

After their surprise defeat last week, their first all year in division play, Rocky Gorge reminded everyone why they are a threat to make it out of the East to the DI championships with a 56-19 win over Baltimore-Chesapeake. Tony Ayigah and Nick Kuhl did most of the scoring. Ayigah with tries and Kuhl with kicking and tries. With two weekends left to play Rocky Gorge have sealed the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic playoffs.

Right now the second spot belongs to the Pittsburgh Harlequins. It was close but the Quins beat the Potomac Exiles 24-21. Pittsburgh led 24-14 with about 15 minutes left and then the Exiles made it interesting with a converted try. Third in the division is Schuylkill River. They had the weekend off. Schuylkill River and Pittsburgh meet the last weekend of the regular season which could determine who finishes second. Either way they could face each other in the semi-finals.

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The Norfolk Blues will be the fourth team in the playoffs. There is a chance they could move up but need results to go their way. The Blues beat Wilmington 121-0.

Midwest

With one week to go in the Midwest season Columbus have locked up the first seed. They did that with an emphatic 64-24 win over the Kansas City Blues. Columbus have a number of players that played PRO Rugby for Ohio like Roland Suniula and Riekert Hattingh. That experience is going to do a lot of good for them come playoff time.

Metropolis current standing in the second place spot just one point ahead of the Chicago Lions. Metropolis were involved in a high scoring 59-49 match against the Cincinnati Wolfhounds. The Lions beat Milwaukee 23-10. Both Metropolis and the Lions will be in the Midwest playoffs and will likely play each other in the first round. That could change in the Chicago Griffins beat the Lions next week and win on the tiebreaker. The Griffins didn't help themselves by losing to Palmer 31-29.

Atlantic North

The Atlantic North played their season in the fall. NYAC was the top team followed by Old Blue although Old Blue aren't playing at Nationals this year so their spot goes to Mystic River. The Atlantic North will get two spots to Nationals. That said, the teams have been active. Old Blue and Mystic River clashed over the weekend with Old Blue winning 66-20. 

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