Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DI West Coast Recap: Playoff Field Is Set

It's time to take a look around DI club play in the West. 

Red River

It was all to play for in the Red River over the weekend. The Austin Huns were in the driver's seat to finish at the top of the table as they took on Houston Athletic Rugby Club. In the end, with several Eagles as key reserves, it wasn't much of a contest as the Huns won 95-8. By the time the subs came on the game had already been blown wide open. The Huns will play SFGG at regionals. 

That meant that whoever won between the Austin Blacks as the Dallas Reds would claim the final playoff spot from the Red River and chance to take on Life West for a spot at regionals. These two teams have been rivals for a long time and it played out once again. It was all Austin early on as they ran out to a 26-0 lead on the backs of tries from Tane Jericevich, Eric Reed, Matthew Radzavich, and Knute O'Donnell. 

Take the jump to read more.That's when Dallas went on a run of their own. Javier Davila-Lopez was the first to score and he was soon followed by Collin Yerian and Cheese Russ to make it 26-19 at the half and anyone's game. 

As the second half was underway a yellow card to Austin's Conor Bertrand put his team in a bit of a bind. With numerical superiority Dallas took a 31-26 lead on a try from Blake Boulton and one from Russ. However, the Blacks weren't out of it and soon equalized on an effort from Darah Callan. A yellow card for the Reds then swung the match in favor of the Blacks. A penalty from Adam Armstrong with ten minutes to go would give Austin a three point lead and then with five minutes left Michael Medina scored the insurance try. 

The Blacks will now take on Life West next weekend for a chance to play in Tuscon later in the month. Austin will host the match. 

Pacific North

Speaking of Life West, they beat the East Palo Alto Razorbacks 43-27 to close out the round-robin playoffs in NorCal. The Gladiators had already clinched a spot in the playoff against the Red River team prior to the match. 

In the other round-robin match SFGG beat Olympic Club 55-5. SFGG had already sewn up the top spot in NorCal and will play Pacific Northwest champions ORSU next week for a spot in Tucson. SFGG are heavily favored in that match. 

Pacific South

The Pacific South had the weekend off before their final between Belmont Shore and OMBAC this Saturday. The winner advances to Tucson where they will play the winner of the Life West/Austin Blacks match. 

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