Justin Rutledge assisted with the writing of this recap.
Half of the Division II Men’s Club National Playoffs Round of 32 field played this past weekend with plenty of teams looking for their berths into the next round. The conference championships of the New England, Empire, Southern, Pacific South, and Midwest were in full swing. The first games of the Frontier, Red River, and Mid-Atlantic... Read More
Last weekend’s slate of matches in the Red River Rugby Conference produced a pair of close results. The Dallas Reds notched a 25-17 win over the Austin Huns, while the Dallas Harlequins defeated Houston Athletic Rugby Club 14-0 in a two-try affair.
The Reds’ win against the Huns was the result of a tug-of-war contest where neither team was truly out of the running, even until the very end. The... Read More
The Austin Blacks had a successful weekend in the Red River Rugby Conference, beating New Orleans 35-18.
The Blacks secured the season’s third consecutive win by stepping up the pace of the match on the offensive side of the ball. According to Tane Jericivich, coach of the Blacks, this element was the focus of training leading up to the weekend’s match and the preparation paid off.
“We looked at... Read More
The Detroit Tradesmen faced down the challenge from the Cleveland Crusaders on Saturday in a bid to repeat as the division’s champions. The Tradesmen came out the winners by a margin of 57-36 after an 80-minute battle with the visiting Clevelanders.
During the match Saturday, the Tradesmen were primarily on offense. Speed and link play put the Tradesmen runners on the front foot and kept the... Read More
With the merger of the regional sub-divisions and the promotion of one of the best DII clubs in the country, the landscape of DII in the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) has completely changed. Last season, the division was separated into a seven-team North and a five-team South. This year, the sub-divisions have been combined into a single 11-team league that spans Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland... Read More
With a vicious defense and opportunistic quick-strike offense, the Life West Gladiators won the DII Men’s Club National Championship over Wisconsin, 43-24, Sunday at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo. The win makes the second-year club 1-1 in title games, having lost in the DIII final a year ago.
In an extremely physical game, Life West was dangerous with ball in hand. However, aggression on... Read More
With both 2014 finalists exiting in the regional rounds, there will be a new DII Men’s Club National Champion this year. The two clubs in the final are no strangers to the championship stage. California powerhouse, the Life West Gladiators, advanced to the DIII final last year and moved up in competition to face Wisconsin, who returns to their third National Championship match in four years. They... Read More
On Saturday and Sunday teams gathered in San Francisco to play the quarterfinal and semifinal matches in the men’s Division II playoffs. After two days of competition, 2014 DIII national runner-up Life West came out on top against the St. Louis Bombers and Tempe Old Devils.
The Gladiators will face off against Wisconsin in the DII National Final June 14 in Glendale, Colo., as the 2013 DII... Read More
Three of the four clubs from last year have returned to represent their conferences in eastern half of the 2015 Division II Men’s Club National Playoffs. With a slight shakeup from last year, Wisconsin (Midwest) will play the New York Rugby Club (Atlantic North) and Rocky Gorge (Mid-Atlantic) will square off against the Atlanta Old White (South). With each team’s goal to make it to the National... Read More
As with the DI clubs in the West Regionals of the Division II Men’s Club National Playoffs, three new teams have emerged to represent their respective conferences. However, the 2014 National Finalist has returned to take another shot at the crown. Starting at 1:30pm on Saturday at Ray Sheeran Field at Treasure Island in San Francisco, Calif., the Life West Gladiators (Pacific North) challenge the... Read More