The 2013 USA Rugby Women’s Premier League kicked off in four cities across the country this past weekend.
Consisting of eight of the most competitive women’s club teams, the WPL regular season will run through the end of October and culminate with the Championships being played in Philadelphia, Penn., during the same November weekend as the Men’s Eagles’ test against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks.
Defending WPL champion Berkeley All-Blues, with new head coach Adriaan Ferris, traveled to Life University and defeated the Atlanta Harlequins 29-10 Sunday. Atlanta was promoted to the WPL this year after winning the DI National Championship in 2012 and will compete in the Red Division with Berkeley, Twin Cities Amazons and San Diego Surfers.
Twin Cities Amazons, just two weeks removed from defeating the USA Rugby AIG Women’s Collegiate All-Americans, shut out the San Diego Surfers in Minnesota 62-0. Women’s Eagle Lynelle Kugler scored three tries, and WCAAs Jacie Vonada and Mel Krug also put points on the board.
Beantown hosted the Glendale Raptors in a barn-burner in Acton, Mass., Sunday. The Raptors came away with the 41-36 win, but will hope to stem some defensive shortcomings in the weeks ahead with tough Blue Division opponents in New York Rugby Club and DC Furies.
The Furies opened their 2013 season with a hard-fought 27-15 win against New York away from home Sunday.
Glendale and DC will get the week two action started Saturday in Colorado before the other six teams get going Sunday. The weekend’s highlight match is surely that of Twin Cities and Berkeley, the only match to feature two lossless teams.
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