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Chicago Lions Maul Visiting Washington Rugby Club

By Todd McClamroch in News on Apr 30, 2007 1:33PM

2007_04_30_chicagolions.jpgChicagoist enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend by checking out the Chicago Lions USA Rugby Super League match on Saturday. The Lions hosted the Washington Rugby Club who traveled from the nation's capitol for the match.

The Lions typically play their home games at Northeastern Illinois University at the corner of St. Louis and Foster, but due to the extreme rain earlier in the week this game was moved to the Lions' practice field at Revere Park.

The Lions came into Saturday’s match in first place in the White Conference of the USA Rugby Super League, while Washington was at the bottom of the table. The Lions have had a successful 2007 campaign thus far, suffering only one loss to the undefeated Belmont Shore Rugby Club from Long Beach, Calif. Neither Chicago nor Washington moved spaces in the table as Chicago ran out victors in convincing fashion winning 79-17, continuing to hold on to the top spot in the White Conference.

The Lions travel to New York for a match-up with the New York Athletic Club rugby team that sits right behind the Lions on the ladder in second place. The top two teams in each conference make the playoffs along with the two teams with the next best record in the league. Chicago looks likely to host a playoff game on May 19. The finals are in San Diego on June 9.

Interested in learning more or joining the Chicago Lions? Check out their website, or stop by a practice. The club practices at Revere Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m.