Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 RRRC D1 Pick 'Em Panel - Week 10

It's Rivalry Day in Austin on Saturday! The Huns are ready to break the streak. The Blacks are ready to leave victorious. This match will be a must see if you are in Austin!

HARC comes off a tough road loss to Griffins Rugby, a team they were able to best last season. Now the noble men of HARC host the mighty Quins.

After a tough mid-stretch, the Reds travel to the Crescent City to face a dangerous NOLA that they have beat once. New Orleans is just off two weeks of trying rugby against ARP teams.

Austin Blacks at Austin Huns

Grant - The Huns have never defeated the Blacks. Ever. While I prognosticated at the beginning of the season that this might be the year, I just do not think the Huns peaked soon enough to make that a reality. That being said, this will not be a match in which the Huns just lay down and take their whupping. The Blacks will be made to earn this win, but they should not leave Nixon Lane undefeated on Saturday.

Ted - Nothing beats a good rivalry and it isn't any different in rugby. Derby matches are some of the best. With the amount riding on this match, it should not disappoint. The Blacks are in excellent position atop the RRRC, but can't afford any missteps at this point with a few teams barking at their heels. The Huns are out of the playoff picture, but would love nothing more than to throw a wrench in the Blacks' plans. Pick: Blacks

Gordon - Huns have made some improvement defensively lately. The Blacks still have the ability to score a lot of points. The Huns will huff and puff through their forwards and hope to keep the score low as that's their only chance of winning. I doubt they will be able to though and Blacks will win comfortably like last time they played.

Gift - The Austin Blacks are still playing top of their game right now. Even with an off week last week, I don't see how they are in danger of losing. The Huns, are still a solid team, but the history behind both these teams just doesn't look to be getting broken anytime soon. The Austin Blacks take this win solidly.

Buss - There was a time when I thought the Huns would finally beat their city rival. I was wrong. The Huns must survive on short fields and accuracy from the foot of their young 10. His accuracy let them down against the Reds and his decision-making is still growing into the Senior game. The Blacks just have too many running options and if they limit mistakes will grind the Huns down for a win.

Dallas Harlequins at Houston Athletic

Grant - Neither club is having the year the season that they want. The Quins only win has come against HARC. HARC has only been close once. However, HARC played for a full 80 minutes at home against the Blacks, something they've struggled with all season. Much of what the Quins can do to win will depend on how they travel and that has yet to be better than HARC. HARC takes the home match, but Quins may get a bonus point or two.

Ted - This is going to be a season to forget for both sides. That said, the Harlequins have shown that they may not be too far off from competing in the RRRC. This weekend they take on the only team that they have beaten this season as they face HARC. What started out as road woes quickly turned into trouble at home for HARC. Pride is all that is left for both sides. Pick: Harlequins

Gordon - I watched HARC play last week and they are a truly awful division 1 side. I am not sure if that is just away from home or not, but I know the Quins have been working hard, haven't played in a while and will see this as a chance to pick up points. HARC's pod system in attack will play right into the hands of the Quins. Quins to win this.

Gift - There was a time at the beginning of the season when I would have thought that this would have been as one-sided a game as could be. I would have given this game to HARC without a doubt. Now both teams, while not the best in the league, have shown flashes of ability. HARC has yet to really play a full game. They have been competitive at certain points, but they have not completed any games. I believe this is the game that HARC gets their first win of the season. Harlequins have not been good on the road. HARC needs a win. HARC is taking this game in a low scoring affair.

Buss - HARC just can't get it figured out. Quins have some very good pieces and I expect them to dash past HARC for the win.

Dallas Reds at New Orleans

Grant - The best thing to happen to the Reds was losing badly to the Blacks and  tying the Huns. If nothing else, the Reds view both matches as losses and want to avenge themselves. New Orleans is good at home though, and for 50 minutes last weekend, they were good at home against a Premiership club.

Ted - A month or so ago, it would have been easy to name the Reds as the favorites. A loss and a tie later, the Reds look vulnerable and are on the outside looking in at the playoff race. They absolutely cannot afford to lose this weekend. NOLA finds themselves in 2nd place in the RRRC even after a pedestrian start to their conference season. They have to be very happy with their position considering. They have also been busy during their off weeks, taking on two ARP teams in Life and Old Blue. Even after losing both games, the experience should have a positive effect on the rest of their season. Pick: NOLA

Gordon - The Reds have been terrible lately. They suffered a lot of injuries, had the flu, and failed to adequately prepare their backup players. Physically, they are much better now and should be going into this with a full strength side, bar one. NOLA has not been the team it was last year but it has shown improvement in recent weeks. The Reds know if they don't win this game then their season is over. That desire could see them be over zealous and bring their discipline issues to the fore. NOLA to win

Gift - It's the rematch that we've been waiting for. New Orleans has just been taking beatings the last couple weeks against Life University and Old Blue. Dallas Reds have not been as dominant the last two matrix matches they've played. It's like this is the battle of the crippled giants. Luckily, both these teams get up for this rivalry, and will be at their best. New Orleans has yet to lose a game at home in the matrix, and I don't foresee that changing in this instance. Look for the vengeance win for New Orleans during their Rugbyfest.

Buss - NOLA are very difficult to contain offensively with their skill and athleticism. The Reds are steady and efficient but not as dangerous as the others at the top of the log. For them to win the other teams must make mistakes. NOLA to win with an increased level of physicality and focus from the Old Blue game.


  1. This is an awesome weekend for Texas Rugby!

    Black & Blue weekend! The Blackness facing the growing Hunnish Horde. Huns will bleed the Blacks. They will make The Blackness pay for every point. That being said, They have more than enough credit to pay that tab. BLACKS win.

    Reds travel to the black hole that the rest of the country goes to get shrimp and speeding tickets in order to take on the Might (and if we are honest, banged up the last couple weeks) New Orleans. NOLA is unbeaten at home again everybody in the Matrix. Reds have been falling off a bit as of late due to many things within and out of their control. Reds travel well but I am not seeing it making all that much of a difference beyond keeping the score respectable. NOLA in a close Gimpy v Skimpy Battle.

    Now for the game I am most interested in. QUINS v HARC. HARC have been doing much better as of late. Anybody who is honest will admit that. Quins have been playing better than they were thought capable of. Neither team is having a season worth a flip this year. Nothing really on the line here for either side but pride, and working some improvements in to their games.

  2. QUINS win by a fair few points.