The University of Alabama did it again.
Two years after pulling off a shock semifinal victory in the SCRC, the Crimson Tide pulled off two upsets in dramatic, iff different, fashion to win the conference this past weekend.
Tennessee and Alabama meet up Saturday in the SCRC final, and everyone knows this is going to be an unpredictable game.
So, maybe, being unpredictable is, in and of itself, predictable. Tennessee was upset by Alabama in the SCRC semis two years ago, and this year ‘Bama mounted a stirring comeback to beat Kentucky in the semis, exacting revenge for an earlier loss to the Wildcats.
It was a wild and varied rugby weekend in Men's DI competition - here are some players who made an impact during the games.Nick Feakes
The Lindenwood flyhalf scored 21 points for Lindenwood St. Charles as they beat their rivals Lindenwood Belleville Saturday.
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 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.
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.
Lindenwood Belleville defeated Tennessee 30-22 Friday in an early-fall run-out for both teams.
For the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx, it was a very successful, if imperfect, step into DI rugby. The Lynx started as a varsity program last year, making the WIIL Conference final, and getting into the national quarterfinals. They only lost twice, to the two national DII finalists.
The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx begin their second season of rugby and first in DI with a meeting of longtime DI power Tennessee Friday at Tennessee Rugby Park.
Tennessee is the SCRC conference champion after a tense, wet, and dramatic final played during the ACRC Bowl Series games at the RAC in Charlotte, NC.
In a game that saw multiple lead changes, Tennessee won on the final play of the game, with lock Kerry Roberts scoring the winning try as time expired.