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AUSTIN HUNS ELITE DOMINATE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UPS AUSTIN BLACKS, WINNING 45-14
 
NEXT MATCH SET FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AGAINST GLENDALE RAPTORS AT INFINITY PARK IN DENVER

 
Austin, TX (February 20, 2017)Austin Huns Elite rugby squad stamped their names in the history books as they defeated the Austin Blacks 45-14 at Huns Field on Saturday, February 18—their first win, in Division I rugby, over the Austin Blacks in over 20 years. “It was a great occasion at Nixon Lane, and yes, we made history, but in my years of experience I also know history can change if you are not on top of your game,” said Austin Huns Head Coach Eugene Eloff.
 
The Austin Blacks’ record-breaking winning streak was halted, in front of a large crowd online and in person, by inside center and team captain Lomani Tongotongo’s final run into the try zone untouched for the Austin Huns seventh and decisive try over the two-time national runner-ups, Austin Blacks.  
 
The Austin Huns controlled the game early, forcing the Blacks to commit multiple penalties and driving them downfield with kicks to touch. Penalties and great ball movement lead to a try in the corner less than four minutes in by Austin native Brian Welborn. It was a defensive battle between the 22’s after the Austin Huns’ first try; it was not until the 19th minute that the Austin Huns scored another after an offload by vice-captain Hanco Germishuys to Sani Taylor. Austin Huns extended the lead to 12-0 after the conversion by Timothée Guillimin. Late in the first half, the Blacks put points on the board, scoring in the 36th minute off a series of pick n’go’s, bringing the score to 12-7 for the half. This 5-point margin was the closest the Blacks would come the remainder of the match.
 
The Austin Blacks came out on fire in the second half, making big hits and putting the Austin Huns on their back foot, but those flames were quickly extinguished 6 minutes into the half with a try by Fly-Half Timothée Guillimin, extending the Austin Huns lead to 19-7. The Austin Huns ran away with the game after this point, scoring four more tries. Hanco Germishuys, former Austin Blacks Pierce Reed, and Mason Pedersen all scoring a try before Lomani Tongotongo final try to close out the historic win, with a 45-14 rout of the national championship runner-ups, Austin Blacks.
 
Austin Huns will “take this win and bank it, and be humble about it because we know there is a long way to go and we still have many improvements to make,” said Eloff. “The Blacks came out hard, and it was a tough game, but we stuck to our guns, and I think we succeeded in being accurate and sticking to our game plan, chipping away at the wall, and that is why the result went our way.”
 
The Austin Huns Elite are set to face a strong Glendale Raptors team at Infinity Park in Denver, Colorado, Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Glendale’s YouTube Channel.
 
Austin Huns D2 and D3
Austin Huns D2 displayed flashes of brilliance, great defense, and skillful rugby, but failed to close out the game. With less than 10 minutes remaining, the Austin Blacks were able to score three tries.

Austin Huns D3 fell short against a strong Austin Blacks team, but many young players gained valuable experience against a well-prepped team.
 
Upcoming Austin Huns Elite 2017 Season Games
Home Games
March 18: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Harlequins
April 1: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
April 15: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
April 29: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby
 
Away Games
February 25: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
March 11: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby
April 8: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Reds
April 22: Austin Huns vs. Austin Blacks
May 13: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
 

Purchase tickets to the full season or individual games at austinhunsrugby.com/tickets.

 
About Austin Huns Rugby
The Austin Huns Rugby Football Club was founded in 1972 as one of the first rugby clubs of its kind in central Texas. For more than 40 years, the Huns have developed an organization and a culture that have produced winning teams, first class coaches and players, and a training and competition facility that is unmatched by any other in the region. The club is dedicated to developing athletes for national and international rugby competition, who are also constructive and contributing members of the community. The Austin Huns take pride in their contributions to improving the City of Austin and the culture of athleticism in the United States. Visit www.austinhunsrugby.com for more information.
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Austin Huns reach a development agreement with University of Mary Washington Men’s Rugby

Austin, TX (February 15, 2017). – In the first deal of its kind in the U.S., the Austin Huns have reached an agreement with the University of Mary Washington Men’s Rugby that will give them a glimpse into a fast-improving varsity rugby team and establish their professional pipeline on the east coast, right outside the nation’s capital.  UMW will utilize the Austin Huns coaches for player development and give players and coaches the option to visit Austin for extended tryouts in their last 2 years of school. 

According to the Austin Huns General Manager Thierry Daupin, “We have high expectations of our incoming players, and in talking to coaches here and abroad, it is apparent that UMW is doing something different with their rugby program.  We feel like just giving their students a look into our program will allow their players to choose the Austin Huns as their destination when they graduate.  Looking at their program, they have players that are real prospects for our future professional side”.

In the deal, the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA) will give their juniors and seniors an opportunity to train and play over Christmas Break and during summer 7’s in Texas, with the Austin Huns, essentially an extended “job interview” for a professional role upon graduation. 

UMW Director of Rugby Tim Brown added, “I hear loud and clear from our players that they want to take their game as far as possible.  We fully support our students following the professional path and looking for employment in Austin, inside and outside of rugby.  We are going to continue to work with the Leicester Tigers for player and coach development and with professional opportunities in Ireland for grad school – the Austin Huns are just another way we are raising the ceiling for our students.  I am impressed with manager Thierry Daupin and Head Coach Eugene Eloff – I am excited for students that choose to follow this path.” 

The Austin Huns are a founding member of Major League Rugby – kicking off play in 2018.  The Austin Huns have successfully started along the road to professionalism this season by developing their own facilities in Austin, TX and fielding a team of elite players from home and abroad.  UMW Men’s Rugby is a founding member of the Chesapeake D1 Rugby Conference and had 3 players in the Collegiate All-American and u20 camps this year.  UMW features an IRB-approved complex about 40 miles outside of Washington, DC on one of the best liberal arts campuses nationwide. UMW went 8-3 this fall and won their Bowl Series game to cap off their first year of D1 Rugby.  

For further inquiries, please contact:  

Thierry Daupin, General Manager, Austin Huns Rugby
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Tim Brown, Director of Rugby, UMW Men’s Rugby
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Austin Huns Shock the Cal Cup Champions OMBAC Rugby

 

In the final Seconds to Win 24-21
 

 

Next Match Against Dallas Reds February 4th At Huns Field


Austin, TX (January 31, 2017). It was a beautiful, sunny day in the capital of Texas, as the Austin Huns prepared to battle the 2017 California Cup Champions Old Mission Beach Athletic Club (OMBAC) in a highly anticipated home opener. The exciting matchup featured a veteran elite team (OMBAC) and newly formed squad (Austin Huns Elite). The Huns get the best of the veterans in electrifying fashion, scoring a try in extra time winning 24-21, and extending their winning streak to 3 matches.

The match was everything a sports fan could ask for: fast-paced, big hits, great defense, and a game that came down to the wire! OMBAC got off to an early lead scoring a 3-pt penalty kick just 6 minutes into the match, but the Austin Huns responded quickly with a 55-meter run to the corner by fullback Zinzan Elan-Puttick. From there it was a back and forth match. Within minutes OMBAC demonstrated why they are the seven-time XV’s national champion, dotting a try by winger Tim Stanfill, putting OMBAC ahead 8-5 after the missed conversion. Two more lead changes happened before half time, a try by Huns flanker Hanco Germishuys, and another penalty kick by OMBAC gave them the 14-10 lead at the half.

It was evident in the second half both teams had made significant adjustments to account for each other attack. It wasn’t until 20 minutes into the half when the Austin Huns struck first with a try by team captain and inside center Lomani Tongotongo, giving the Huns a narrow 3-point lead after the conversion by Puttick. For the next 20 minutes, the teams displayed the importance of defense and poise under pressure with both teams denying each other tries within 5 meters of the post.

At the 82-minute mark in extra time, with the Austin Huns playing a man down, OMBAC finds the corner flag, giving OMBAC a 4-point lead after a crucial conversion by the fly-half, Ben Batger, from the touchline. With only 2 minutes left in the match, the Austin Huns needed a miracle to pull off the win. After receiving the restart, OBMAC attempts to run out the clock by compressing and running the pick n’go. Through some great counter rucking by Germishuys, OMBAC gets penalized for holding on, and the Huns kick to touch for a lineout. The Austin Huns win the lineout, with a fingertip catch, the backline spreads the ball and gets within meters of the try line. The Huns keep pounding, and a few phases later OMBAC gets an offside penalty. While OMBAC retreats, scrumhalf Michael Reid taps, go’s, and slips between two defenders for the game-winning try. Zinzan Elan-Puttick knocks through the conversion to give the Austin Huns the 3-point victory over OMBAC, extending the Elite Team’s winning streak to three.

The Austin Huns’ next home game is Saturday, February 4th against the 2016 Red River Rugby Conference Champions, the Dallas Reds.

Remaining Austin Huns Elite 2017 Season Games
Home Games
February 4: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Reds
February 18: Austin Huns vs. Austin Blacks
March 18: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Harlequins
April 1: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
April 15: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
April 29: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby
 
Away Games
February 25: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
March 11: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby
April 8: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Reds
April 22: Austin Huns vs. Austin Blacks
May 13: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah Follow the Huns on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@AustinHunsRugby) to get the latest news on the Austin Huns!

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