High School Boys
It's a tight race in the Louisiana HS league as both games this weekend were decided by a try or less, and in fact three of the four league games this year have been that close.
This week, St. Paul's opened their season with a nicely-taken 33-26 defeat of the Bayou Hurricanes. That put Bayou at 0-2-1 although the Hurricanes have certainly played some good rugby.
The Charlotte Tigers put a tenacious St. Ignatius to the sword Saturday, beating the Wildcats 46-7 in an early-season high rankings clash.
The Tigers had played one weekend of shortened games, while St. Ignatius was playing its first gamer in about a year as the two teams met in Morgantown, WV to kick-start their season.
While there are several high school rugby teams playing a little on the down-low, there are leagues and tours that have been approved by governing bodies, and teams that have secured their own insurance to get the job done.
Archbishop Moeller HS in Ohio is hosting a season warmup tournament for the second year in a row and with rugby being so rare for the last 12 months it's a welcome opener for teams from three states.
Our first week of Boys HS Club rankings is somewhat like the School rankings except that there have been more HS Clubs in action so far.
We are still ranking teams much, much more on what we've seen so far combined with how close they are to playing. With several teams looking to play their first games as early as this coming weekend, we feel confident with this Top 20.