One of the exciting things to see in a young rugby player is initiative - when a player doesn't wait for his chance, but takes it.
That is Tomas Gallo.
The former Okapi Wanderers player, who played in the All American system, is still searching for opportunities.
The South RCT is set to kick off Friday evening.
With limited field space at Life University, the tournament has to cover three days, and that offers some options for teams who might struggle with depth.
In a result that was something of a surprise, given previous meetings between the two teams, St. Thomas Aquinas of Florida beat the Okapi Wanderers 27-18 to win the Florida Youth Rugby Boys HS state championship Saturday.
The Florida state High School final will be a rematch of the South Florida regional final, as both the Okapi Wanderers and St. Thomas Aquinas teams won semis on Saturday.
Okapi Wanderers won the Florida Region 2 Boys HS championship Saturday, scoring on the final play of the game to edged St. Thomas Aquinas 26-24.
In a game that was certainly closer than Okapi expected, St. Thomas could not be shaken, and in fact led with time almost up.
The Florida HS playoffs continue this weekend after a day of surprise results last week.
In Region 1, Naples is at Orlando, and Westside is at Tampa. Those are region semifinal matchups that were decided a week ago. Tampa has beaten Orlando twice and Naples twice. Meanwhile, Naples and Orlando have not played each other, but Orlando has dominated in their pool.
Florida’s HS season has run into some issues as the attempt to divvy up teams into districts has run afoul of the lack of depth in some teams.
The Okapi Wanderers team continued their preseason with a 71-0 defeat of Sarasota HS in Florida.
The Okapi Wanderers defeated the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy in a preseason non-league match Saturday.
The Okapi Wanderers Junior Varsity players faced UK tourists Harton Tech College at Tequesta, Fla. this past Friday, and came away with an impressive victory.
Okapi, led by High Performance Director Fabian Pourrain, had developed a game plan and style of play that had made them Florida champions, so Okapi Coaches were eager to see if it worked at this, more demanding, level.
The Okapi Wanderers defeated West Pines 16-6 to move to 2-1 in Florida’s Boys DI HS league in the only league game held this past weekend.
It was yet another solid result for the Wanderers in their first full season in varsity-level HS rugby. Okapi played a JV schedule last year as the program has concentrated on growing from the younger ages on up.