WAYNE – Postseason rugby is back in Wayne America for a weekend battle of four teams in the women’s and men’s division being narrowed down to a champion.
This weekend, Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11, make plans to bundle up and watch free rugby from the House of Pain Rugby Complex near the City Softball Complex.
The undefeated Wildcat women will host the Sweet 16/Elite 8 round while the one-loss men’s team will entertain a Round of 32/Sweet 16 weekend.
For the Wayne State women, the ‘Cats have defeated Pittsburg State by nearly 80 points dropped triple digits on Arkansas and even secured a 55-0 win over Oklahoma, according to head coach and founder Darrin Barner.
“The women have progressed through September and October and pretty well oiled and undefeated,” said Barner. “But, as you know, it’s in playoffs that the records don’t mean nothing now. It’s hero or zero and win or go home.”
The lone loss for the men came at the hands of a Division I program of Oral Roberts by two points.
“Our back-line is very explosive,” Barner added. “And we can put some points on the board on the men’s side.”
The Wayne State men will open the weekend with a Round of 32 match against Creighton at 11 a.m. Saturday while the women will follow with a Sweet 16 contest against Northern Michigan at 1 p.m.
Opposite of the Wayne State men will be Nebraska-Omaha vs. John Brown (Ark.) as the other women’s match will feature Colorado College vs. MiraCosta College (CA).
Barner mentioned there is no admission to watch rugby and the clubhouse is a great place to get out of the weather.
“Right at the 50 yard-line that people can go inside there; stay warm,” Barner mentioned. “We got heaters on in there, so you can actually enjoy rugby from watching it from an indoor situation. And, of course give us that northeast Nebraska boost that we need for home field.”
On Sunday, the women’s Elite 8 round will be played at 11 a.m. followed by the men’s Sweet 16 at 1 p.m. Consolation rounds for those who lose Saturday will open Sunday morning at 9 a.m. on two fields.
The winner of the women’s Elite 8 round will move onto the Final 4 in Atlanta.
The winner of the men’s Sweet 16 will advance to the Elite 8 round taking on the Texas/Louisiana winner.