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After 24 pool play matches and four quarterfinal games, the Chicago Lions, the Kansas City Blues, Rugby Utah, and Old Blue have advanced to the semifinals of the 2016 USA Rugby Emirates Airline National Championships at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The day started with 16 teams vying for the opportunity to play for the national championship on Sunday and concluded with the final four remaining.

On Saturday, the Kansas City Blues, Rugby Utah, Old Blue, and the Chicago Lions led their respective pools with undefeated 3-0 records. The Seattle Saracens, Belmont Shore, and Mystic River each advanced to the quarterfinals with 2-1 tallies and 1823 claimed the last spot in Pool C with a 1-1-1 record.

During pool play, Gerson Blaise of the Atlanta Old White led the field with six tries and Nick Feakes of the Chicago Lions and Neil Maestri of Little Rock each had four tries. Five players were tied with three tries apiece as Randy Pati (Rugby Utah), Raniera Takarangi (Kansas City Blues), Rick Kirkland (Old Blue), Ryan Snider (Seattle Saracens) and Jack Tracy (Belmont Shore) shared the honor.

In the quarterfinals late on Saturday in the main stadium, the playoff round featured two rematches of conference championships, last year’s bowl champion taking its rightful place in the semifinals, and the newcomer flexing its muscles against the defending national champion.

In repeats of the Midwest and Atlantic North conference finals, the Chicago Lions blanked 1823, 33-0, and Old Blue exacted its 15s revenge beating Mystic River, 19-17. After defeating the Saracens earlier during pool play, the Kansas City Blues continued their impressive day beating Belmont Shore, 28-12. Lastly, Rugby Utah’s young squad of players primarily from BYU and the University of Utah dispatched the defending champions, the Seattle Saracens, 33-5.

On Sunday, the action starts at 12:00 pm MST when the Chicago Lions grapple the Kansas City Blues. The match between Old Blue and Rugby Utah follows the first semifinal at 12:20 pm MST. The national championship final takes pace inside the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 3:30 pm MST. All the matches can be seen live on the Rugby Channel (http://www.therugbychannel.tv/).

POOL A: TeamWinsLossesDrawPoint Differential
Kansas City Blues30049
Seattle Saracens21056
Austin Huns120-29
New Orleans030-72
POOL B: TeamWinsLossesDrawPoint Differential
Rugby Utah30050
Belmont Shore21022
Little Rock120-49
NOVA030-23
POOL CWinsLossesDrawPoint Differential
Old Blue30031
18231114
Olympic Club120-2
Schuylkill River021-8
POOL D: TeamWinsLossesDrawPoint Differential
Chicago Lions30051
Mystic River2103
Atlanta Old White120-9
Santa Monica030-46
HomeScoreAwayScore
Chicago Lions38Santa Monica7
Mystic River31Atlanta Old White21
Old Blue7Olympic Club0
Schuylkill River12182312
Rugby Utah38Little Rock5
NOVA14Belmont Shore24
Seattle Saracens54New Orleans0
Austin Huns7Kansas City Blues26
Chicago Lions27Atlanta Old White21
Mystic River14Santa Monica7
Old Blue31182310
Schuylkill River7Olympic Club12
Rugby Utah21Belmont Shore10
NOVA12Little Rock19
Seattle Saracens7Kansas City Blues21
Austin Huns21New Orleans19
Chicago Lions21Mystic River7
Atlanta Old White19Santa Monica7
Old Blue10Schuylkill River7
182319Olympic Club5
Rugby Utah26NOVA20
Belmont Shore35Little Rock12
Seattle Saracens24Austin Huns12
Kansas City Blues21New Orleans5
QF - Chicago Lions22QF - 18230
QF - Kansas City Blues28QF - Belmont Shore12
QF - Old Blue19QF - Mystic River17
QF - Rugby Utah33QF - Seattle Saracens5