Week 8 in Men's Midwest Division 1 USA Rugby had lots of exciting results but surprisingly, the overall standings changed very little except in the bottom-half of the table.
Metropolis gave up their first match of the season to the Griffins (21-19), but with their wide margin in the tables maintained 1st place.
Similarly, Scioto Valley dropped a 43-28 match to a resurgent Lions team, but with the 4-try bonus-point held onto second place by a 3-point margin.
Both the Blues and Barbarians continued their winning streaks. The Blues held on to deny the Wolfhounds their first win of the season with a narrow 26-24 victory to hold on to 3rd place.
Meanwhile, the Barbarians extend their streak to 4 wins by defeating Palmer on their own pitch 28-18.
The Barbarians hold strong at 4th place with the bonus-point win while Palmer drops two spots (a repeat of week 7) to seventh.
With 19 and 17 points respectively, the Lions and Griffins leapfrog Palmer to take 5th and 6th in the standings.
|Team (Rank Change)||Win||Loss||Draw||Streak||PF||PA||+/-||Bonus Try*||Bonus Loss**||Points|
|Metropolis (Minneapolis, MN)||7||1||0||1L||299||114||185||6||1||35|
|Scioto Valley (Columbus, OH)||5||3||0||1L||258||216||42||6||1||27|
|Blues (Kansas City, MO)||5||2||0||4W||197||183||14||4||0||24|
|Barbarians (Milwaukee, WI)||5||3||0||4W||178||178||0||3||1||24|
|Lions (Chicago, IL) (+1)||2||5||1||1W||213||242||-29||6||3||19|
|Griffins (Chicago, IL) (+1)||3||4||1||1W||156||208||-52||2||1||17|
|Palmer (Davenport, IA) (-2)||3||4||0||2L||149||181||-32||3||1||16|
|Wolfhounds (Cincinatti, OH)||0||7||0||7L||125||253||-128||2||3||5|
* A bonus point is awarded for each match in which the team scores 4 tries or more.
** A bonus point is awarded for each match in which the team loses by 7 or less.
Scores, Week 8
- Metropolis 21 - 19 Griffins
- Scioto Valley 28 - 43 Lions
- Blues 26 - 24 Wolfhounds
- Barbarians 29 - 18 Palmer
Scores, Week 7
- Metropolis 33 - 10 Griffins
- Scioto Valley 35 - 32 Lions
- Blues 43 - 28 Wolfhounds
- Barbarians 29 - 5 Palmer