Barbarians bow out of D3 playoffs after a brave showing in Waverly, IA

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The Milwaukee Barbarians travelled today to Waverly, IA in a Round 1 playoff against Ilinois rivals, the Fox Valley Maoris.

With just 2 reserves and wet and cool conditions, the Milwaukee Rugby team faced an opponent who has dominated the Wisconsin-Chicago conference all season.

The first quarter of the match was a close contest with the Maoris in the lead 13-7. But the Barbarians defense could not hold and by half time the Maoris were out to a comfortable 35-7 lead. 

The Maoris continued their offensive clinic in the second half, aided by a concussed Barbarian fly-half and a red card at the 59th minute. 

At the final whistle, Fox Valley would be the clear victors. The 66-7 victory sets up round 2 of the Midwest RFU Western Conference playoffs tomorrow where the Maoris meet a rested Bremer County Bucks who received a 1st round bye.