San Marcos Greys travelled to Austin to open the Australia Day celebration at Burr Field in a Div.3 clash with league leaders Austin Blacks. It was, however, a different team than the one Austin dominated in last year’s inaugural Div.3 campaign. The Greys have vastly improved under a new head coach and an infusion of young talent. San Marcos opened the scoring at 7 min. on a 60 yard line-break resulting in an unconverted try (5-0). At 15 min, Blacks scrum-half, Connor McNally, leveled the score with a quick break around a ruck at the 15 min mark (5-5). Tim Flynn put the Blacks ahead at 21 min with a try in the right corner (10-7) and McNally stretched the lead with another try from a 5 yard scrum and Diego Sotelo-Girala added the conversion (17-7 @ 36 min). San Marcos answered just before half-time with another try and the half-time score stood at 17-10 to the Blacks.

San Marcos was down to 14 players after a Red Card was shown to their #7 following a high-tackle penalty and back chat to the referee. However, short-handed San Marcos defended well until the 54th min when prop Mark Brewerton dove over from short-range following quick-hands from flanker, Kellen Burke. Diego converted to bring the score to 24-10. At 63 min the Austin fly-half stretched the lead to 21 points with a break-away try, which he converted (31-10). San Marcos closed the score to 31-22 with a try at 65 min and a converted try at 74 min but Vince Dutton put it out of reach with a try at 78 min, also converted by Diego. Mr. Sotelo-Girala led all scorers with 13 points on a try and 4 conversions, followed by Connor McNally with 10 points on 2 tries. Tim Flynn, Mark Brewerton, and Vince Dutton scored one try for 5 points each.

1 Mark Brewerton (try)
2 Alexander Lamont
3 Christopher Reed
4 Jonathan Morgan
5 Revaz Dzneladze
6 Kellen Burke
7 Derek Watson
8 David Goss
9 Connor McNally (2 tries)
10 Diego Sotelo Girala (try, 4 conv)
11 Timothy Flynn (try)
12 Evan von zur Meuhlen
13 Vince Dutton (try)
14 Liam Firth
15 Michael Taylor
16 David Reed
17 Eric Martinez
18 Michael Norton
19 Bonheur van der Gronde
20 Ryan Little
21 David Comerford
22 Jerrell Brown
23 JW Galloway