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Is the big game in the Midwest the Chicago Lions v. the Chicago Griffins?

The Griffins can regain a share of 1st place in their pool with a victory, and it’s a classic rivalry.

Or maybe it’s Metropolis against Palmer.  Metropolis is 3-0, and is supremely conscious that Palmer’s remaining schedule is easier than the schedule for the Minneapolis club. This ends up being a must-win for both teams.

Or … what about Cincinnati against Indianapolis? Cincinnati is at an under-the-radar 3-0 and looks to get to 4-0 with a game against Indianapolis, who they’ve beaten before.

Wolfhounds Head Coach Nick Lauterbach dismisses the idea that Cincinnati has it all worked out. Despite their 31-10 defeat of Columbus, the Wolfhounds have work to do.

“It was 31-10 but it seemed  a lot closer,” Lauterbach told RUGBYMag.com. “We need to make better use of our opportunities, and there were some things with our defensive organization.”

Cincinnati may be favored this week, but they are also concerned about the schedule. After the Impalas they play the Detroit Tradesmen twice and the Chicago Lions and Chicago Griffins. It’s a weird schedule in the Midwest where teams are finishing most of their in-pool games early. That leaves some lopsided inter-pool games that could turn the standings on their heads.

The Wolfhounds are rightly concerned about this. Trip up against Indianapolis and then they have four games against teams that are, now, a combined 9-3.

“I have no idea why they did the schedule that way,” said Lauterbach. “But we have no control over that. We just need to keep improving.”

Ryan Grote has moved from wing to fullback and scored two tries last weekend. He is a big part of the Cincinnati effort on defense, counter-attacking, and with his goalkicking.

But the unit that is really performing is the four-man back row rotation of Rich Columbus, Kendric Roberts, Joey Hood, and Lemeki Betomakita. Cincinnati will need all of them to play well this weekend.

This weekend's games:
Chicago Lions (3-0)  at Chicago Griffins (2-1)
Indianapolis Impalas (0-3) at  Cincinnati Wolfhounds (3-0)
Columbus (1-2)  at  Detroit Tradesmen (2-1)
Palmer (1-2)  at  Metropolis (3-0)
Chicago Blaze (0-3)  at  Milwaukee Barbarians (0-3)


Midwest West Pool 1 W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Chicago Lions 3 0 0 90 49 41 3 0 15
Chicago Griffins 2 1 0 138 60 78 2 0 10
Chicago Blaze 0 3 0 36 178 -142 0 0 0




















Midwest West Pool 2 W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Metropolis 3 0 0 120 67 53 3 0 15
Palmer 1 2 0 108 62 46 3 2 9
Milwaukee Barbarians 0 3 0 48 124 -76 1 0 1




















Midwest East Pool 1 W L T Pf Pa Pd BT BL Pts
Cincinnati Wolfhounds 3 0 0 110 37 73 3 0 15
Detroit Tradesmen 2 1 0 89 72 17 2 0 10
Columbus 1 2 0 70 100 -30 2 0 6
Indianapolis 0 3 0 36 99 -63 1 0 1