Rugby Georgia kicked off the Spring 2019 season with a pair of high school boys matches and one U16 match.
Kickoff weekend also saw multiple U14 matches and Rookie Rugby events at the U10 and below age groups.
The Phoenix Varsity squad followed up on their impressive December win against Jacksonville Wolverines with a solid 36-0 win over MSIRL champions South Greenville at North Park on Saturday to remain unbeaten.
Rocky Rugby out of Texas took a preseason trip across the South earlier this month, facing two defending state champions.
The Austin-area team faced Georgia state champions Phoenix Alpharetta and then Louisiana state champs Jesuit of New Orleans. In frigid temperatures in Georgia, Rocky defeated Phoenix 31-12 at the Life University grounds in Marietta. Phoenix won the B-side game.
Plenty of impressive young rugby talent will be on display this coming weekend at various HS all-star tournaments, but it’s unlikely any of those players has the backstory of the Kwete brothers.
Suiting up for the Arizona Bobcats this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Classic, Oliver, Eloi, and Cosmas Kwete are all three loaded with talent, and some life-changing experiences.
Last weekend South Greenville capped off their MSIRL season with two games in Georgia.
With time limits for age-grade players in place, South Greenville played two 45-minute games on Saturday, one against Phoenix of Alpharetta, and one against the East Cobb Trojans.
The Georgia Varsity state final matched perennial in-state rivals Alpharetta Phoenix and East Cobb Trojans in what was a repeat of a somewhat controversial 2016 championship gam that was halted for lightning and never finished.
In an eagerly anticipated match up of the two Georgia-based MSIRL teams, Alpharetta Phoenix faced off against current Georgia state champions East Cobb Trojans at Life University on Saturday.
The Charlotte Tigers moved to 3-0 in MSIRL with an 18-3 defeat of Georgia-based Phoenix.
In this Mid-South Independent Rugby League, the Tigers have defeated three major out-of-state opponents in the opening weeks. In this game, Charlotte's defense was the star, as Phoenix got inside the Tiger 22 several times but was unable to convert that pressure into tries.
Rain hit the HS schedule pretty hard this past weekend, but we did get some games and some standout performances.
Here's a look at who played well.
Josh Schnell, Katy Barbarians
The Katy threequarter scored two long-range tries in a 29-22 win over Westlake.
Phoenix Rugby of Georgia hosted Greenville HS out of South Carolina Saturday in Alpharetta, Ga. in perfect conditions.
Georgia's Phoenix club battled through for a 30-26 win over Columbia Area (aka Irmo) in the third game of the Mid-South Independent Rugby League (MSIRL) this weekend.
In a game played in good conditions after some rough winter weather in the region in previous days, neither team could pull too far ahead.
Myers Park defeated Phoenix 38-29 Saturday in the first game of the Mid-South Independent Rugby League (MSIRL), a competition of top teams from the Carolinas and Georgia.
The North Carolina team got two tries from Adam Phifer and tries from Niklas Atzor, Matthew Start, and Ty Graham. They also got a penalty try, while lip Patterson kicking three conversions.