USA Rugby announced the formation of the inaugural Rugby Gold Cup competition earlier this year. The competition creates a premiership level tournament featuring the top men’s’ clubs from the Midwest and Red River Competitive Regions (CRs). The competition took place in November 2015 and will continue in March 2016.
The intra-season tournament is a USA Rugby sanctioned competition and will feature the following premiership level clubs:
- 2015 USA Rugby Division 1 National Championship Runner-up and Red River CR Champion: Austin Blacks Rugby
- 2015 Red River CR Runner-Up: Dallas Rugby Football Club (the Reds)
- 2015 Midwest CR Champion: Kansas City Blues Rugby Club
- 2015 Midwest CR Runner-Up: Metropolis Rugby Football Club
November 2015 Results (courtesy of This is American Rugby)
The Austin Blacks were the only team to sweep through their two Gold Cup matches thanks to a tight win over the Kansas City Blues. The Kansas City Blues also registered their first win in the competition with a result over Dallas. The competition now takes a break until the spring when the teams move their matches to the Red River. Over 350 fans bought tickets to come out to the matches, making it one of the premier events in the middle of the country this year.
There was a lot to like in the Austin-Metropolis match as both teams played great attacking rugby. Metropolis were on the board first after several long phases saw fullback Joel Yogerst cross over. Jojo Tikoisuva converted the try to give Metropolis a 7-0 lead. Austin responded soon after with a penalty from Diego Sotelo to cut the deficit to 7-3. Metropolis then took a 14-3 lead when Tikoisuva scored.
That’s when Austin made a run. Fly-half Hamish Roberts was the first to score for Austin and he was soon followed by Chris Baumann. Sotelo made one of the two conversions to give Austin a 15-14 lead. That wouldn’t last into halftime however, as Kavika Peniata scored just before halftime to put Metropolis in front 19-15.
Metropolis didn’t help themselves early in the second half when they had a player binned. That allowed Baumann to pick up his second try soon after to put the Blacks back in front at 22-19. For the next 20 minutes the Blacks held on only to put the match away when David Comerford scored an intercept try with only a few minutes left.
The Kansas City Blues were the only Midwest team to pick up a win over the weekend as they beat Dallas 24-20. Matt Behnami, who scored on Friday, scored the first try of the match when the teams ran a well worked lineout. The Reds would get points on the board when the Blues were judged to have not rolled away and Zack Klump stepped up to hit the penalty. Klump would then add his second penalty to cut the score to within one.
Kelly Mercer would hit his only penalty of the match in the 30th minute but the Reds took the the lead for the first time in the second half when Nick Antaki scored the first of his team’s tries. Dale Russ then scored the Reds second try just a few minutes later to extend their lead to 18-10.
That’s when the Blues made their run. A bad pass led to David McDonough cutting the lead to three before Cody Webeter scored a very late try to give the Blues the lead and the win.
Austin: 2 W 0 L 2BP – 10 Points
Metro: 1W 2 L 3BP – 7 Points
KC: 1 W 2 L 2 BP – 7 Points
Dallas: 1W 1L 1BP – 5 Points
*In conference matches count in the standings, that’s why Metropolis and Kansas City have played three matches.