The Austin Blacks and Griffins got the weekend of elite club rugby started at Edina High School. As they did at the beginning of March in Austin, the Blacks blasted Chicago Friday night, 50-5.
Full back Antonio Winn dotted down twice and inside center Adam Armstrong collected seven points from his boot to help Austin to a 22-0 lead at intermission. A familiar face to USA Eagles fans recorded the first points of the second half. Chris Baumann, making his return to the Blacks, dotted down four minutes into the second half. The tighthead prop wasn't done, however. Now leading 43-3 after Winn bagged a hat trick, Baumann got over the line again in the 79th minute. Armstrong's following conversion split the uprights, putting a stamp on Austin's 50-5 win.
The most anticipated match of the weekend followed the Blacks' emphatic win. After a back-and-forth encounter in Texas separated Dallas and Metropolis by just seven points a month ago, the second matchup between the two sides didn't disappoint.