New Orleans Bounces Back and American Rugby Pro Training Center Doubles Down at Tornado Alley

Upsets on the men's side and domination on the women's side headlines another wild week in the Red River.

The Red River Rugby Conference 7’s Qualifier Series continued with the Tornado Alley Rugby Sevens Tournament Saturday hosted by the Oklahoma University Rugby Club at the University of Oklahoma Recreational Fields in Norman, Oklahoma.

In Pool A play the Reds from Dallas started their campaign with two shutouts. First a 22-0 win over the Mavericks and then a 43-0 win over the Austin Blacks.  NOLA Rugby also started their day with two victories, first a 26-5 win over Huns ‘B’ and then a 36-0 victory over the Mavericks. The third match in pool play saw the Reds defeat Huns ‘B’ 28-17 and NOLA defeated the Austin Blacks 52-0, setting up a match for first place in the pool. The match between the two undefeated sides went the Reds way as they defeated NOLA 31-10 to claim the top spot in the pool heading to the semi-finals.

In Pool B play the Austin Huns started their day with a pair of victories. They defeated HARC 22-7 and then got a decisive victory over The Woodlands 33-5. The Reds ‘B’ squad started their day with a dominating 46-0 win over The Woodlands and then pulled off a win over Dallas city-rival Harlequins 24-12. The third match in pool play saw the Austin Huns defeat the Harlequins 26-12 and the Reds ‘B’ team squeaked out a narrow 17-15 victory over HARC, to set up a pool determining clash between the two sides. The Austin Huns took a 24-10 victory over the Reds ‘B’ side to claim first place in Pool B.

In the semi-finals the Reds ‘A’ squad defeated the ‘B’ squad to clinch a spot in the final. NOLA rugby upset undefeated Austin Huns 26-5 to set-up a rematch versus the Reds.

NOLA avenged their only defeat in pool play over the Reds with a 12-7 victory.

In the women’s qualifier ARPTC (American Rugby Pro Training Center) sent two teams a Blue side and a White side. They were placed in separate pools and dominated their competition. In Pool A the ‘Blue’ side defeated the Lady Quins 44-0 and then also shutout HARC 52-0. In Pool B the ‘White’ squad defeated the Hawks 36-7 and then took down the Valkyries 29-5.

The two sides elected to not play each other in the final, with the ‘Blue’ sides victory in a qualifier earlier this season the ‘White’ squad now earns a spot in the Club 7’s Nationals.

The next Red River Rugby Conference Qualifier will be July 28th at the Hell or High Water 7’s in Spring, TX hosted by the Houston Athletic Rugby Club.