Full Slate of Men's D3 and D4 Action This Weekend

Now that the seasons have started to turn and fall is right around the corner, EPRU's Fall 2013 season is picking up steam with a full slate of D3 and D4 matches this weekend.

D3 Matches

In D3, two Philadelphia-area teams are set to square off as the Philadelphia Whitemarsh Men prepare to host North Penn Men at Fairmount Park. Scheduled for a 1:00pm start, Philly Whitemarsh looks to build on their season-opening victory with a solid showing against North Penn. On the flip side, North Penn is seeking to put a "W" on the board after their first game loss.

Also at 1:00pm is another matchup between two D3 teams: Old Gaelic Men and Reading Men. Since both teams won their first matches of the season, it will be interesting to see which of these sides will come out on top on Saturday and remain undefeated. Old Gaelic has the statistical edge after one week, leading in tries (4) and points (22) but Reading is close behind (3 tries, 17 points).

D4 Matches

As for D4, six teams will be in action on Saturday. The Philadelphia Gryphons Men side will play host to fellow unbeaten Wilkes-Barre in a battle of 1-0 teams at George W. Pepper Middle School starting at 1:00pm. The two teams are close in total tries (Gryphons 7, Wilkes-Barre 5) and points (Gryphons 47, Wilkes-Barre 31) so far in the young season, so it should be a tight match.

Continuing the week's trend of 1:00pm starts, Harrisburg plays host to White Horse at Cibort Park. White Horse will be playing their first match of the Fall 2013 slate and looks to start their season off right against an 0-1 Harrisburg side. There's no doubt that Harrisburg will be fighting hard to bring their record back to .500 early in the season, so expect a well-fought match.

Finally, the day's action wraps up with another 1:00pm match - Second City Troop will take on Northeast Philadelphia in a matchup of teams whose first games had very different outcomes. Second City had a tough outing in their season opener, scoring 3 tries for 25 points while letting up 31. Northeast Philadelphia, on the other hand, had a great first week, scoring a victory by racking up 65 points on 11 tries while only allowing 5. It will be interesting to see whether or not Northeast Philly can continue their early-season success on the road against a motivated Second City side.

All in all, this weekend will feature plenty of hard-fought matches between some of the EPRU's most competitive squads. Only time will tell how the score sheets will look by Saturday evening, but an exciting weekend of EPRU rugby is a certainty.