The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks came back from a 17-0 deficit to beat Coastal Caroline and win the Southern Rugby Conference Sunday.
Coastal ran out to a 17-0 at halftime, but UNCW Coach Jeremy Tominack said the Seahawks did not change their game plan.
It will be Coastal Carolina and UNC-Wilmington in the final of the Southern Rugby Conference after both won semifinals on Saturday.
Coastal was ranked by Goff Rugby Report lower than East Carolina, and in fact GRR predicted ECU would win this semi, but Coastal won going away 55-26.
“We felt we could win this one, but it took a while,” said Coast Head Coach Thomas Barnett.
East Carolina finishes up their Southern Rugby Conference league season with a game against Elon Saturday, with a chance to go undefeated.
Their first five games could hardly have gone any better, as ECU has outscored opponents 187-22, including a most impressive 36-5 defeat of their closest rivals in the Southern Conference North Division, Appalachian State.
The 6th-ranked University of North Carolina-Wilmington defeated #27 Furman 32-22 to move into a tie with Coastal Carolina with a 3-0 record in the Southern Men’s DII College rugby conference Saturday.
Usually when Furman plays UNC-Wilmington it’s a game that means a lot; often it means the Southern Conference championship.
This weekend, things are a little different. With Furman already 2-1, and UNC-W 2-0, it might actually be a game about survival.
The Citadel rebounded from a tough league loss last week to defeat Lander 50-7 Saturday in Southern Rugby Conference Men’s DII college action.
One week in and already things are shaken up in the Southern Rugby Conference in men’s DII college competition.
GRR’s #4 team from last year, Furman, went down to Coastal Carolina 29-8 Saturday in something of an upset and a nice birthday present for Coastal’s coach, Tom Barnett.
The Southern Rugby Conference begins with ten teams in action this weekend.
Defending champion Furman hosts Coastal Carolina and Head Coach John Roberts says his team needs to fill in some important holes. Furman graduated their 2014 second row, and their props, Adrian Marcoliese and Jeff Tonge, are studying abroad this semester, and so his tight five is completely new.
In an early-season non-conference match in the South, the Citadel shut out the University of North Carolina-Charlotte 53-0 to put the rest of the Southern Rugby Conference on notice.
Twelve teams will compete for the Southern Rugby Conference in Men's DII college rugby, with the season kicking off with all six playing on September 12.
The season will include stops at UNC Charlotte Furman and UNC Wilmington, with the finals being hosted by Elon University.
Furman University won the Southern Rugby Conference championship Sunday, beating UNC-Wilmington 23-17 in the final.
Furman and UNC-W had played once before, with Furman storming back from a 31-0 deficit only to be edged at the end 48-38. But both defenses were a little tighter this time around.