Week 9 in Men's Midwest Division 1 USA Rugby had some exciting matches on the ticket with both Chicago teams looking to build on their Week 8 victories.
The Blues we're on the road against the Lions and the hosts looked good from the start, scoring early and maintaining a 17-12 halftime lead. But Kansas City had other plans and continued their momentum from the end of the first half into the second. After 2 consecutive penalties, the visitors were up 18-17 with a full 30 minutes still on the scoreboard.
The lead changed 3 more times in the second half ending in a dramatic finish with the Lions squeaking out the bonus-point 27-26 win with a penalty kick at the final whistle.
In Columbus, Scioto Valley hosted the Griffins in a high-scoring affair that showcased the offense skills of both sides. The home-side and second-place team in the league held on for a 38-34 win leaving the Griffins to head home with just a 2-point consolation prize for the narrow loss and 4+ tries.
The Barbarians hosted Cincinnati in Milwaukee with excellent rugby weather and a large home crowd out for the last home match before the winter break.
With the crowd at their backs, the locals scored early and often, including 2 tries and 14 points in the first 10 minutes. Cincinnati surged at the end of each half and came away with 1 try each time, but the Milwaukee backs dominated the day.
At the whistle, the Barbarians reaped a 5-point win with a 52-14 victory. With five consecutive wins, the Milwaukee Rugby team moves to third place with a 3-point margin over the Blues who drop to 4th.
In the final match of the day, Metropolis were on the road in Iowa and rebounded from their week 8 loss with a comprehensive 51-12 victory over Palmer.
|Team (Rank Change)||Win||Loss||Draw||Streak||PF||PA||+/-||Bonus Try*||Bonus Loss**||Points|
|Metropolis (Minneapolis, MN)||8||1||0||1W||350||126||224||7||1||40|
|Scioto Valley (Columbus, OH)||6||3||0||1W||296||250||46||7||1||32|
|Barbarians (Milwaukee, WI) (+1)||6||3||0||5W||230||192||38||4||1||29|
|Blues (Kansas City, MO) (-1)||5||3||0||1L||223||210||13||5||1||26|
|Lions (Chicago, IL)||3||5||1||2W||240||268||-28||7||3||24|
|Griffins (Chicago, IL)||3||4||1||1L||190||246||-56||3||2||19|
|Palmer (Davenport, IA)||3||5||0||3L||161||232||-71||3||1||16|
|Wolfhounds (Cincinatti, OH)||0||8||0||8L||139||305||-166||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.
Fixtures, Week 10
- Metropolis at Scioto Valley
- Griffins at Blues
- Barbarians at Lions
- Palmer at Cincinnati
Scores, Week 9
- Metropolis 51 - 12 Palmer
- Lions 27 - 26 Blues
- Barbarians 52 - 14 Cincinnati
- Scioto Valley 38 - 34 Griffins
Scores, Week 8
- Metropolis 19 - 21 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