Led by flyhalf Peter Clifford’s 25 points with his boot and tries from Phil Bolton, Sam Palmer and Jeremy Neilson, the Dallas Reds defeated the Provo Steelers 43-12 in Provo, Utah last week.
Provo had won the West league, which had dropped to three active teams, and thus needed to play Red River #2 team Dallas in this match.
The Dallas pack carried the day with exceptionally strong set pieces anchored by the front row of Chris Hopkins, Sam Palmer, and Andrew Stock. Second row Lachlan Piggot controlled the lineouts and the back row of Chad Joseph, Collin Yerian and Jeremy Neilson put the Provo backline under constant pressure. Man of the Match went to scrumhalf Austin Ryan, who led the Dallas team in tackles, often on big Provo back-rowers running at him.