In its first year of infancy, the Rugby Gold Cup is a competition between the top-two-finishing sides from both the Midwest and Red River Division I competitions. Last year’s results earned Kansas City and Metropolis a place in the Gold Cup, while Austin and Dallas represent the Red River after successful 2015 seasons.
In November, the Blacks and Reds traveled north to face both of their Gold Cup counterparts from the Midwest, and fared quite well. The Blacks were able to sweep through their doubleheader, while Dallas settled for a split after narrowly falling to the KC Blues, 24-20. Now in the midst of their Red River schedule, both conference fixtures between the Blacks and Reds will count towards the Gold Cup standings.
“The two victories in the Gold Cup meant a lot,” said Austin Head Coach Tane Jericevich. “We had a large number of players unavailable, but still managed to come away with the two wins. This showed the depth we have, which is very important with a longer season this year.”