Red River Championships Recap

The Red River (TRU) Men’s Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and Women’s Division 2 XVs Champions were crowned last weekend in Austin, Texas. The Women’s Division 1 winners are still TBD, as their final league matches occur on May 14th.

Red River Champions:
  • MD1: Austin Blacks
  • WD1: League play continues until May 14, overall winner advances
  • MD2: San Antonio
  • WD2: Little Rock
  • MD3: Austin Blacks
Men's D1

Austin Blacks 39  Dallas 17 – Final

The Austin Blacks faced Dallas in the Men’s D1 Championship. The Blacks dominated the match with a 39-17 victory over the Dallas team.

Connor Dellapina was the top scorer of the match with a total of 12 points from a try, conversion, and penalty goal. Other try scorers for the Blacks included Hayden Johnson, Jay Tuivaiti, and Craig Hunt.

For Dallas, Chad Joseph scored twice and Jeremy Misailegalu scored once. Kurt Morath added one conversion on the day.

The Blacks move on to the USA Rugby National Championship on June 2 in St. Charles, MO.

Men's D2

Austin Blacks 26 HURT 25 – Semi-final

In a closely contested Men’s D2 semi-final, the Austin Blacks emerged victorious over HURT with a final score of 26-25. 

The match started with a strong showing from HURT, with Gabriel Romero, Eron Terry and Aaron Durke scoring tries and Lewis Hopkins contributing with penalty goals and conversions. However, the Blacks were able to make a comeback with tries from Logan Legg, Zachary Travis, Dylan Fisher, and Jamelle Shaw. Legg converted two of the tries.

In the end, it was a try from Logan Legg that secured the victory for the Blacks in the 72nd minute.

San Antonio 49 Fort Worth 23 – Semi-final

San Antonio secured a dominant victory over Fort Worth in the Men’s D2 semi-final with a final score of 49-13. San Antonio’s early tries and strong defense led them to victory, with Caleb Ackerson scoring two tries for his team. Despite Fort Worth’s Zachary White scoring a penalty goal, conversion, and a try, their efforts were not enough to overcome their opponent’s lead.

The match was not without its penalties and cards, with both teams receiving yellow cards for intentional infringements. Additionally, Fort Worth Alexander McCarty received a red card for a dangerous tackle in the early minutes of the match, resulting in his side playing down a player for over 75 minutes.

Austin Blacks 29 San Antonio 36 – Final

Austin Blacks took on San Antonio in a thrilling Men’s D2 Championship match at Nixon Lane. Early on, Jamelle Shaw scored a try for Blacks, while Caleb Ackerson responded with a try for San Antonio. Brian Strenk also scored a try for San Antonio, but was later given a yellow card for foul play.

In the second half, the teams continued to trade scores, with David Bailey, Trevor Brunet, and Ryan Rackley scoring for San Antonio, while Andrew McMath and Logan Legg responded for the Blacks. In the end, it was David Bailey’s try in the 80th minute that secured the victory for San Antonio, with Joel Cagle’s conversion bringing the final score to 36-29 in favor of San Antonio.

San Antonio now moves on to the Gulf Coast Super Regional in Orlando, FL.

Women's D2

Quins 28 HARC 0 – Semi-final

HARC was unable to field an eligible team and no teams could move into their place at such late notice (learn more). As a result, the Quins were awarded a 28-0 win by forfeit.

San Antonio 7 Little Rock 54 – Semi-final

In the sole Women’s D2 semi-final, Little Rock dominated the San Antonio Riveters with a final score of 54-7. The game started off strong with both teams battling it out on the field, but Little Rock was able to maintain a lead throughout the match with their impressive offensive plays and solid defense. The Riveters fought hard, but were unable to keep up with the pace of the game.

Little Rock’s Adrienne Yoder proved to be a standout player, scoring four tries for her team, and Abby Vestal contributed 1 try and 14 points with her kicking. San Antonio’s lone score came from a try in the second half.

Quins 19 Little Rock 26 – Final

The Dallas Harlequins lost to Little Rock 26-19 in the Women’s D2 Championship at Nixon Lane. Abby Vestal was the standout player for Little Rock, scoring a try and converting three others for a total of 11 points. Adrienne Yoder also had an impressive performance, scoring three tries for the team.

The Harlequins did manage to score 19 points with tries through Madison Ohmann-Wilson, and two from Chelsie Thompson. Ohmann-Wilson also converted 2 of the three conversions.

Little Rock now moves on to the Gulf Coast Super Regional in Orlando, FL.

Men's D3

Austin Blacks 49 Houston Arrows 14 – Semi-final

The Austin Blacks defeated Houston Arrows with a comprehensive scoreline of 49-14 in the Men’s D3 semi-final held at Nixon Lane.

The Blacks scored nine tries in total with Edrique Visser leading the pack with four while Torran Raby scored two tries. Alexander Lokken, Charles Davidson, and Alexander Lamont also scored a try each. Tane Jericevich kicked two conversions.

On the other hand, Houston Arrows D3 managed to score two tries through Jonathan Velasco-Rojas and Alexander Lamont.

OKC Tribe 70 Fort Hood 21 – Semi-final

The OKC Tribe faced Fort Hood in a high-scoring semi-final, with the Tribe ultimately emerging victorious with a score of 70-21. Tries for the Tribe included Billy Preston Walker, Brendan Laub, Jacob Kennedy, Bo Bekendam, James Molet, Robert Jenny, Stanley Padilla, and Jackson Williams. Fort Hood managed to put up three tries, from Marcus Allen, and Zachary Mack, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Tribe’s dominant performance.

Austin Blacks 35 OKC Tribe 5 – Final

In the Men’s Division 3 Championship between the Austin Blacks and OKC Tribe, the Blacks emerged victorious with a score of 36-5.

The Blacks dominated the match and scored five tries throughout the game. Tane Jericevich contributed with three conversions. The first half of the game saw tries from Dennis Walker, Edrique Visser, and Will Burns from Austin Blacks. The second half of the game saw Alexander Lokken and David Comerford scoring tries. OKC Tribe managed to score one try through Bo Bekendam in the final minutes of the match.

 The Austin Blacks now move on to the Gulf Coast Super Regional in Orlando, FL.

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