GRR: Tennessee HS Rugby
ATAVUS recently sent USA flyhalf/scrumhalf Shalom Suniula and former Eagle prop Shawn Pittman to Tennessee to work with players from Middle Tennessee State University, and high school players from South Doyle and other teams.
Suniula worked with the players on passing skills and decision-making, while Pittman works on contact and forward skills.
The Tennessee state championship went to South Doyle after they held off Ravenwood 24-18 in the final Saturday.
In a physical game where both teams wanted to play open rugby, the teams were separated by just a point on three different occasions before a late South Doyle try put it away.
The Tennessee state semifinals are set after this past weekends conference playoffs.
Christian Brothers defeated PCA and Germantown in impressive fashion to win the West Tn. Conference. South Doyle beat Bearden 41-0 to ensure their place into the semifinals, joining Ravenwood and Father Ryan.
The weather in Tennessee has been brutal and forced the cancelation of several games and a shift from playing two games against conference opponents to playing one.
Snow, ice, rain have all had their say, and it means the first part of the season has been depressingly short.