Prior to last weekend’s home matches, the Franklin County rugby Crimson had been road warriors, playing around the Midwest.

Opening March 16 in Springfield, Ill., the Crimson fell to the Chicago Blaze, 12-8.

“The Blaze is one of the premier clubs in the Midwest and we continue to build our relationship with them,” said Crimson Representative Bart Haddox. “Our players look forward to this match more than most. We will be traveling to Chicago this summer to play in the Blaze’s sevens tournament and hopefully we can schedule them in 15s every spring for many years to come.”

The Crimson played in the Missouri Rugby Championship March 23, falling to the Sunday Morning Rugby Club, 27-17. The Sunday Morning team scored 10 unanswered points in the second half to win the game.

“This was our second appearance in the championship in only three years of existence.,” Haddox said. “We have set a goal of winning the championship as our motto of ‘Unfinished Business.’ ”

Playing in the St. Louis Ruggerfest April 6-7, the Crimson finished third.

In the opener, the Crimson took a 24-21 win over the Condors Rugby Club of Chicago.

Playing the JayHawk Rugby Club of Kansas, the Crimson fell, but came back to beat the Des Moines Rugby Club and the Sunday Morning Rugby Club, 42-0, to win the third-place trophy.

“This is a great accomplishment for our young club and players,” Haddox said. “We won a sevens tournament in Kansas City earlier this year and now to claim third place in Ruggerfest is a signal of things to come. We continue to get better and play better rugby. As our younger players rugby IQ continues to grow, we will only improve.”

Following this weekend, the Crimson will visit Rolla April 20 to play Missouri S&T.

Upcoming home matches are against the Springfield (Mo.) Rugby Club May 4, the Crusaders and Fort Leonard Wood rugby clubs May 11, and the Kansas City Rogues May 18.