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Austin Huns Elite Sweep Austin Blacks

Final Huns Season Home Game Against Richmond RFC Saturday, April 29

 

Austin, TX (April 24, 2017) – Saturday was a rugby day in Austin, Texas, as the Austin Huns traveled to Burr Field to battle local rivals Austin Blacks in their final meeting of the season. It was a day filled with intensity, passion, and excitement from the sidelines to the pitch. With playoff hopes on the horizon, each game was more critical than the last, each try and tackle more exciting than the previous. Austin Huns Elite put an exclamation mark on the day after stunning the home team, winning 31-30, and sweeping the Blacks this season in the Red River Rugby Conference.

Austin Huns Elite

The Austin Huns had a week of regrouping after coming off a crushing loss to the Glendale Raptors. The Huns made significant roster adjustments due to injuries of starters, such as top try-scorer Hanco Germishuys. While the Huns made changes to a slightly diminished roster, the Austin Blacks added top-talent players like USA Eagle Chris Baumann. Austin Huns started the first half cold, dropping the opening kickoff lead to the Austin Blacks getting into striking distance early and scoring in their opening position. For the first 30 minutes of the match, the Blacks looked to be in complete control, racking up 17 uncontested points, and the Austin Huns searched for an answer. That response came by way of flanker Kyle Breytenbach, who blocked the Black’s exiting-kick, scooped and scored the Austin Huns first try just minutes before the half.

After receiving some inspirational words from team captain and center Lomani Tongotongo, the Austin Huns tighten their boots, tucked the ball, and started playing heads-up rugby. The Huns rallied and scored 19 uncontested points to start the second half, taking a 19-17 lead. The Austin Blacks retook the lead with a 3-point penalty kick and a try, giving them a 25-19 lead midway through the second half. Just minutes later, center Joedee Reyes powers over two defenders, scoring a try and bringing the Huns within one point of the Blacks. With a 25-24 lead and twelve minutes left in the match, the Blacks looked to put the game away, scoring yet another try, this time by USA Eagle Chris Baumann. With less than 90 seconds remaining in the match, the Austin Huns marched down Burr Field and scored the last try of the match, in the corner by 8-man Deon Minnaar. The Huns were now down 30-29 with less than a minute left in the game when fly-half Timothy Guillimin lined up for the game-winning kick. With the Austin Blacks’ crowd screaming just meters behind him, Tim drilled the kick through the middle of the post, silencing the home crowd, and emptying the bleachers as he gives the Austin Huns a 31-30 win over the Austin Blacks.

“It was a hard, tough battle at the Blacks ground, Burr Field, as they [Austin Blacks] gave us a run for our money,” said Austin Huns Head Coach Eugene Eloff. “Being down 17 points and coming back to win the game shows the unbelievable character of a team that is showing a champion side. It takes a special team to play catch-up and win the game. Most teams in this situation give up, but this team saw it through. It was hard rugby, and it shows that Austin is very healthy with the high standard of rugby displayed on the pitch. There were a lot of hard hits, good running, and very few opportunities to capitalize. I am very proud of the boys, and now we line up for a chance to win the Red River Rugby Conference. We will take it humbly and will be ready for battle this week, while not letting this win go to our head. “

Austin Huns D2

The Austin Huns Division 2 looked to knock off the top-seed, Austin Blacks. The Huns dominated the majority of the match. At one point, the Austin Huns lead 22-10, with 30 minutes lead in the second half. The Blacks rallied back and ended the game in a 22-22 tie.

Austin Huns D3

The Austin Huns Division 3 battled the Austin Blacks D3. It was a hard-fought match down to the final seconds, but the Blacks bested the Austin Huns, 55-14.

 

Upcoming Austin Huns Elite 2017 Season Games

Home Games
April 29: Austin Huns vs. Richmond RFC — FINAL HOME GAME OF THE SEASON!

Away Games
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.

Follow the Huns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube (@AustinHunsRugby) for the latest news and scoring. #AreYouHUNgry

 

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Austin Huns Defeat 2017 Rugby Gold Cup Champions, the Dallas Reds, 40-19
Huns Play Glendale Raptors This Saturday, April 15 in Austin
Austin, Texas (April 10, 2017) – “After a three-hour bus trip and arriving in Dallas to windy conditions and a hard field, the Huns set out to do what we prepared to do, and that was to get 5 points. It was a tough match against one of the strongest sides in the conference,” said Austin Huns Head Coach Eugene Eloff after marching into Dallas, Texas, and thrashing the Dallas Reds 40-19.

Just a week after winning the 2017 Rugby Gold Cup, the Dallas Reds looked to avenge their only loss of the season, which came at the hands of Austin Huns at Huns Field. The Dallas Reds came out on fire, immediately putting the Austin Huns under pressure by scoring the first try within the first three minutes, taking the lead 7-0. It looked as if it was going to be a long day for the Huns, but the Reds fiery start was soon drenched when the Austin Huns scored and converted three uncontested tries. The first was by team captain and inside center Lomani “Money” Tongotongo. The Huns second try came by way of vice-captain Hanco Germishuys via an offload by Tongotongo. The final try by winger Justin X. Hale, who snuck through the defense off a pick’n go to end the half, giving the Austin Huns the 21-7 lead. Conversions were by fly-half Timothy Guillimin.

The first half featured physical play on and off the ball, and the second half was just as intense. It was a rocky start for the Austin Huns to begin the half; miscommunication ended with two Huns colliding and knocking on the ball, giving the Dallas Reds great field position to start the second half. The Reds capitalized on the field position and scored their second try of the game, and the first of the half, just minutes after the kickoff. The Austin Huns regrouped and answered with two tries, one by winger Andrew Heller and the other by outside center Joedee Reyes. Austin Huns lead 33-12, sixty-five minutes into the match. The Reds were able to squeeze in one more try in the 70th-minute before Huns fullback Martin Knoetze dotted down the Austin Huns 6th try of the match.

The Austin Huns won 40-19, defeating the 2017 Rugby Gold Cup Champions, and taking control of 1st place in the Texas Red River Rugby Conference.

“We had to dig to get points on the board. Despite having a strong headwind to start the game, we were ahead at the half, and I knew we could hold and win the match. There were some incidents off the ball, but we kept our composure and scored a few great tries. I am very proud of the boys, and now we must prepare for Glendale at home in Austin, Texas, which is sure to be a massive game,” said Eloff.

Austin Huns D2
Austin Huns D2 clashed against the Dallas Reds D2. The Huns took a loss to the Reds back in February by a score of 17-5, and they were looking to steal a win from the Reds’ home field. Much like the D1 match, it was tough down to the final minutes, but the Austin Huns D2 bested the Dallas Reds D2 and won 36-29.

Austin Huns D3
Austin Huns D3 traveled to San Marcos, Texas, to take on the number-one division 3 seed, San Marcos Greys. It was a hard fought match against the Greys. While they left with a 78-0 loss, many players received valuable experience while playing a skilled team down to the wire.

Austin Huns Junior
The Huns juniors fielded for the first time, two teams 5/6 grades and 7/8 grades. This was a round robin tournament with San Marcos, San Antonio, and the Austin Huns. Even though we lost both matches we learned a lot and the kids had a great time. The Huns have hit a milestone in our youth rugby program, and we are continuing to grow the sport with very talented young players throughout the Austin area!

Upcoming Austin Huns Elite 2017 Season Games
Home Games
April 15: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors Triple header!
April 29: Austin Huns vs. Richmond

Away Games
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.
Follow the Huns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and (@AustinHunsRugby) for the latest news and scoring. #AreYouHUNgry

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Austin Huns Stay Undefeated at Home
Defeat Rugby Utah Select XV 48-22

Austin, Texas (April 3, 2017) - For their third match of the Major Rugby Competition (MRC), the Austin Huns Elite battled Rugby Utah Select XV on Huns Field at Nixon Lane, in Austin, Texas. It was a rough and physical game in which the Austin Huns Elite emerged victorious, winning 48-22 and remaining undefeated at home.

From the opening kick, Utah displayed how their physical size could create a bit of disruption for the Austin Huns Elite. Utah stole the opening kickoff and drove the Huns back inside their 22-meter line; however, the Huns defense held strong, led by the defensive efforts of captain and inside center Lomani Tongotongo. Utah settled for a penalty kick to take the 3-0 lead, 5 minutes into the match. Minutes later, the Austin Huns Elite fired back with a try from Kyle Breytenbach, who struck through the middle of Utah's defense, outrunning six players, scoring a 40 meter try giving the Huns a 7-3 lead. Austin Huns dotted in their second try just ten minutes into the match, after a grubber by fly-half Timothy Guillimin to vice-captain Hanco Germishuys.

Rugby Utah, never letting up, showed terrific effort on defense that transitioned into a dominant offense, which Utah used to rally back into the game and take a 15-14 lead. The Austin Huns responded with two more tries, both by scrum-half Michael Reid, to close out the half 29-15. “As predicted I knew Utah would come out, all guns blazing," said Austin Huns Elite Head Coach Eugene Eloff. "They are a big physical side, and they made us account for it the beginning of the match. They attacked with wave after wave, and we had to defend a lot, but we handled the pressure well and did not allow Utah to bully us physically, as they had done other teams."

Though the Austin Huns and Rugby Utah had seven combined tries in the first half, the second half was a defensive standstill majority of the half. “The second half we went to sleep a bit, we could not find our rhythm and balance, and Utah did a great job at holding onto the ball,” said Eloff. It was not until the 65th minute did the first try of the second half occur after a grubber by Huns Winger Sani Taylor to Hanco, extending Austin Huns lead to 34-15. Minutes later Kyle scoops and scores a 60-meter try, his second try of the match. Rugby Utah finally answers back with a try in the 79th minute, narrowing the score to 41-22. With four minutes of extra time to be played, Utah looked to strike, and the Huns looked to keep their lead. A dropped pass by Utah in the 84th minute leads to a 70-meter try by Hanco Germishuys and another Austin Huns win.

“There is an old saying that goes ‘the more you train, the luckier you get,' and that stood true for us today. We had some lucky bounces here and there, but every time we had a bounce we had multiple players in position to make a play on the ball. We will take the win, put it away, and start to prepare for a vital match in the conference this weekend,” said Eugene Eloff.
The Austin Huns would like to congratulate Baylor University, the winners of Saturday’s Red River Rugby Collegiate Conference Championship.

Austin Huns Elite will face the 2017 Gold Cup Champions, Dallas Reds, in Dallas, TX, Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Lake Highland Park.

Upcoming Austin Huns Elite 2017 Season Games
Home Games
April 15: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
April 29: Austin Huns vs. Richmond
May 6: Austin Huns vs. NOLA Rugby

Away Games
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.
Follow the Huns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and (@AustinHunsRugby) for the latest news and scoring. #AreYouHUNgry

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AUSTIN HUNS RUGBY ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP
WITH FLOSPORTS ON FLORUGBY.COM
FloRugby To Air Remaining Austin Huns 2017 Season Matches

Austin, Texas (March 29, 2017) – The Austin Huns are excited to announce a new partnership with FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, to air their remaining 2017 season matches. Fans will be able to watch the Huns and enjoy the best in competitive rugby from anywhere online on the day of the match, exclusively on www.florugby.com.

This new partnership is a milestone achievement for the Huns, as they become the first rugby team to be featured live on FloRugby. Working with FloSports helps show that the Huns are a leader in the sport of rugby and are committed to bringing the game to fans beyond the stadium. Now, fans of rugby and the Austin Huns will be able to watch the remaining matches of their impressive 2017 season at home or on the go. They won’t miss out when the Huns tackle Rugby Utah on April 1, the Glendale Raptors on April 15, or Richmond RFC on April 29.

“We are very excited to partner with FloSports, and are pleased at their willingness to invest in marketing and the growth of rugby in the US and around the world, ” says Huns Rugby Management Owner Richard Osborn.

“Even though we are a traditional sport, our core audience is millennials, and we need to keep up with their viewing needs and habits,” says Austin Huns General Manager Thierry Daupin. “Joining forces with FloSports and FloRugby puts us two steps in front of the competition, and now we will not only be available streaming online, also on Roku and Apple TV. We need to think about where we will be in 5, 10 years and make sure that we can be not only the early adopter of today, but the leader of tomorrow. Ninety-nine percent of our fans are outside of the stadium, and we need to provide them with the best options to stay connected with us.”

“Partnering with the Austin Huns is a great first step for FloRugby,” FloSports SVP of Global Rights Acquisition and Subscription Phil Wendler said. “We’re excited to deliver Huns’ Rugby live across the globe as we move forward to unlock a world of unmatched coverage created for die-hard rugby fans.”

Below is the current schedule of Austin Huns Elite games remaining in the 2017 season, all of which you will be able to livestream online at www.florugby.com.

REMAINING AUSTIN HUNS ELITE 2017 SEASON SCHEDULE:
Home Games
April 1: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah
April 15: Austin Huns vs. Glendale Raptors
April 29: Austin Huns vs. Richmond RFC

Away Games
April 8: Austin Huns vs. Dallas Reds
April 22: Austin Huns vs. Austin Blacks
May 13: Austin Huns vs. Rugby Utah

To purchase tickets to Huns games, visit austinhunsrugby.com/tickets. For the latest news on the Austin Huns, also make sure to follow the Huns on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@AustinHunsRugby). The team’s official hashtag is #AreYouHUNgry.

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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