Red Mountain bounced back from a series of canceled games to defeat Ahwatukee this past weekend and finish the Rugby Arizona regular season undefeated for the 5th year in a row.
The Red Mountain team hadn't played a meaningful game since the Ra Puriri Invitational, and needed to win to clinch 1st against abig, physical Ahwatukee team.
The Annual Ra Puriri Invitational took place this weekend at Snow Canyon High School in St.
It's been a thrilling day at the Pacific Cup in Hawaii, with the USA-based teams showing very well in a tight, competitive tournamnt.
Two-time defending champs Danville out of Northern California ended the day 2-0, as did the Coastal Dragons of Southern California, and Hawai'i-based St. Francis. They were the only three teams undefeated.
The Pacific Cup kicks off in Oahu on Thursday, with teams from Utah, California, Arizona, Hawai'i, Tonga, Cook Islands, and New Zealand in a highly challenging boys HS tournament.
The teams will play shortened games over the first two days, setting up the final full-length games.
Red Mountain defeated Ahwatukee to win the Arizona state HS championship for the 6th year in a row.
Red Mountain's U16 team also won the state U16 title, for the 3rd year in a row.
It will be Ahwatukee against Red Mountain in the Rugby Arizona state final after a both teams won semifinals this past weekend.
The San Diego Mustangs opened up their spring 2017 season with a very impressive 64-7 defeat of Red Mountain.
The game was played on a beautiful Friday night at Grand Canyon University's rugby field, and was tight for the first ten minutes or so.
Red Mountain may be 2-0 in Arizona, but that doesn't mean the five-time defending state champions are all that impressed with their performances.
Defeats of Tempe (50-20) and Arrowhead (34-19) got Red Mountain to 2-0, but this weekend against Ahwatukee will be a tougher game.
All games in Rugby Arizona's opening weekend have been called off due to weather.
The Rugby Arizona HS league starts action this weekend after a warmup tournament last week.
The first round of the Pacific Cup is in the books, with Peninsula Green, Danville, Red Mountain, and Kahuku all winning games.
Peninsula Green played a tough game against the Bay Barbarians, a team made up of players from Archbishop Riordan and Los Gatos. it was a talented and athletic Barbarians side, but Pen Green's unity of purpose saw them through 29-12.
Red Mountain defeated Desert Vista 64-5 Saturday to win the Rugby Arizona Boys HS championship.
Desert Vista and Red Mountain are through to the Rugby Arizona state final after both teams won semifinals Saturday.
Desert Vista defeated the West Valley Misfits 50-27 thanks to an excellent day from the backline, especially flyhalf Zane Spiker, center Romain Rabany, and fullback Malachi Knox, who worked nicely together and reeled off a series of long-range tries.