GRR: University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina won the opening Chesapeake Conference 7s tournament of the season, beating James Madison 14-7 in the final.
Played in snowy conditions at Towson University, the tournament included six teams from the Chesapeake and several others from outside the conference (including USC).
Clemson University opened up the teams new home rugby field, National Athletic Village Field, with a 48-10 defeat of South Carolina Saturday.
This was the first home game at Clemson since October of 2015. With a solid team defensive performance, the Tigers got a big day from loosehead prop Josh Dyson, who scored two tries and was inspiration in leading the pack.
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.