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A late try by lock forward Bob Allensworth and the clutch conversion from flyhalf Angus McLean secured a comeback upset victory for the Austin Huns in Texas DI club play Saturday.
Going into the match Dallas RFC were 3-2 and 3rd in Texas, while the Huns were 0-4. However, as Huns Head Coach Kirk Tate pointed out, "we had scored first in every game we played. We led the Dallas Harlequins at halftime. We just felt we hadn't put in a full 80 yet."
They did Saturday. The Huns scored first once again, but found themselves down as Trevor Ball and then Mike Kenealy scored to give Dalas a 10-5 lead. Penalties from both teams made it 13-8 Dallas at halftime, and soon thereafter it was 20-8, as strapping center Chris Hopkins rumbled in from long range.
But with a yellow card putting Dallas down a man, Austin came back with two tries, one of them converted, to tie the match at 20-20 with time winding down.
Dallas took the lead on a try from Kelly Kolberg. But Austin rebounded, made their way to the Dallas 22, and after a series of short-range surges, Allensworth picked from the base of a ruck and dove over.
"We felt like we let one slip away," said Kolberg. "We defended really well, especially early when we were on our goal line for a long time. We have some new players coming in and thought we could take it to them. But when Ballsy [Trevor Ball], our captain went down with an injury, I saw a few heads drop."
Tate, meanwhile, feels the result is just reward for hard work.
"We haven't been able to close out games, not because of fitness, but because of mental focus," he said. "We worked on that over the bye week and also on ball retention and support play. I'm proud of the guys for working so hard."
Leading the way had to be Austin Huns scrumhalf Adam Scheidly, who directed the attack and defense and was tireless in organizing the forwards.
With the victory, Austin moves to 1-4, while Dallas drops to 3-3. However,
Dallas gets two bonus points, for a close loss and four tries, and is still
in good position to be the 2nd Texas team into the playoffs.
This weekend's Dallas Harlequins v. HARC game was postponed.
So this was the only league game in Texas this weekend. Latest standings
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