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Rats Start Fast In Key Biscayne

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Rats Start Fast In Key Biscayne

We rarely comment on the quality of the photos we use, but this shot of the Key Biscayne boys team after beating Boca Raton is something special. Consider how nicely the raindrops are captured, or, even as the team is posing for the shot, how candid and natural it is, as well. Some guys talking, some laughing. They are soggy, tired, and proud, and behind them under shelter are more proud faces. The entire shot just exudes camaraderie and the joy of having toughed it out in difficult conditions ... together. This is a rugby photo.

Florida's HS league has started well for the Key Biscayne Rats.

After a couple of inconsistent years, the Rats have enjoyed a numbers surge and also are beginning to reap the benefits of a solid youth program. Despite some rainy conditions in the Sunshine State, Key Biscayne has poured on some good rugby, beating Boca Raton 48-19 and edging out the Cape Pirates 10-0.

"We have a very good attitude from the boys as a whole, specially our forwards," said Head Coach Javier Casserly. With the rain making it difficult to play wide, the Rats have worked hard on just not making handling errors, and that has been the key. That's what Casserly means by a good attitude—the players haven't tried to pop the champagne cork when the cork will just hit them in the eye.

With flanker Aontonio Cortabarria leading a solid forward effort, and flyhalf Lucas Cavalieri along with center Tomas Casserly finding some gaps in the backline, Key Biscayne is 2-0 and among a large group of contenders in a wide-open Florida league.

Next up is Wellington, which pushed Okapi to a close one this past weekend.

"Wellington is always a tough game for us," said Casserly. But you get the feeling that if the sun comes out these Rats might start running ... a lot.