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 won the big clash of top SCRC teams Saturday, getting a last-second penalty goal from wing Ben Schwartz to put the Vols up 24-22.
Kentucky put together a very smart and well-organized game plan, but Tennessee’s backline defense pressured the Wildcats well enough to control much of the first half.
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.
Coming off a tough loss to Kentucky, South Carolina has what amount to a must-win this weekend in the SCRC.
In writing about the Chesapeake Conference, where there seemed to be an inordinate number of close games, we decided to see if our impressions were correct.
So we looked at the stats in Men's DI College rugby. We looked at which conferences had the most close losses (7 points or less) and also who had the most, what we'll call "competitive losses," which means losses of 14 or less.