Tennessee and Alabama will meet next week for the SCRC championship after both won their semifinals this weekend.
The SCRC playoffs begin with Saturday’s semifinals as Tennessee takes on Florida and Alabama hosts Kentucky.
For Tennessee it’s been a tough run, but they emerged 24-22 winners over Kentucky, and 13-10 winners over South Carolina. Slightly less good goalkicking and one mistake here and there and they might be where South Carolina is now, 3-2 and staying home.
The University of Tennessee held off South Carolina 13-10 Saturday to improve the Vols' SCRC playoff chances, and put a heavy damper on the same prospects for the Gamecocks.
In a game that was more about emotion and intensity than it was about smart and precise rugby, Tennessee took an early lead, but couldn't build on it.
Tennessee and Kentucky won two important crossover games in the SCRC, as the East Division Vols and Wildcats defeated West Division rivals Florida and Alabama.
Those losses were the first of the conference season for the Gators and Tide rugby teams. Kentucky put in some outstanding defensive pressure on a very good Alabama team.