Columbia, SC - The 2014 Southeastern Rugby Champions welcome back the ruggers of yesteryear to celebrate 47 years of Carolina Rugby! The 2014 Carolina Rugby Alumni Weekend will take place this weekend (Friday, October 31st - Sunday, November 2nd) and will include a full range of festivities.
Saturday, Nov. 01 - 3:30pm Pre Football Tailgate (Shuman Owens) - Food Provided by Doc's Southern BBQ - 7:30pm Carolina v Tennessee Football Game (W-B Stadium) - 11:30pm Post Football Tailgate (Shuman Owens)
Lexington, KY - Carolina Rugby traveled to the University of Kentucky this past weekend and came out victorious over the Wildcats, 42-10.
Kentucky kicked off the first half and began a string of possession changes resulting from loose ball and forward knocks that South Carolina was ultimately able to clean up and maintain. At the five minute mark, senior lock Zak Gorman posted the first points of the match following a 15m run through the Wildcat defense. Junior scrum half Brian Keown successfully converted to put the Gamecocks up 7-0. Kentucky would quickly answer with a try of their own, utilizing the strength in their pack to push one in. South Carolina would maintain the lead at 7-5 after sophomore center Thomas Coar successfully charged down the kick. Following the kickoff, the Gamecocks pushed Kentucky within 5m of the try line, though were penalized and forced to play a man down, allowing the Wildcats an opportunity to regroup and return for another try of their own, giving them the lead at 10-7 heading into the second half. To read more, please click here.
Carolina Rolls Over Alabama; 5-0, 3-0 SCRC
Columbia, SC - Carolina Rugby hosted the University of Alabama this past weekend and came out victorious over the Tide, 26-15.
Alabama kicked off the first half, though failed to go the necessary 10 meters, giving Carolina possession with a scrum at midfield. The Gamecocks quickly got the ball out to the weak side to junior, fullback Tim Hamill who ran it in for the try. Alabama’s misfortune would continue as multiple penalties around the ruck would keep them deep inside their territory for the majority of the half. The Gamecocks would capitalize early with a forward maul pushed into goal with junior, flanker Jared Magill touching it down for the try, and junior, scrum half Brian Keown kicking the conversion, giving Carolina the 12-0 advantage. Carolina would answer again with a run by Hamill, though confusion would have him run out the back, giving Alabama a lucky break and possession at the 22 mark. Solid defensive tackling kept most of the action between the 22’s for ten minutes of play, though Alabama would get the advantage with a defensive kick deep into Carolina territory that was picked up by their wing for the try. The Tide would catch another break inside Carolina territory and convert a penalty kick to tighten the match 12-10, Carolina. To read more, please click here.
Carolina Defeats Vanderbilt; 7-0, 5-0 SCRC
Columbia, SC - Carolina Rugby hosted the University of Vanderbilt this past weekend and came out victorious over the Commodores, 76-10.
Vanderbilt opened up the first half on a high note with a penalty kick attempt 35m out, though would miss to keep the match scoreless early on. Consecutive penalties on both sides of the ball kept play between the 22’s until the Carolina backline put together a quick string of passes out wide to junior fullback Tim Hamill who escaped the sideline and touched it down beneath the posts for the first points of the match. Junior scrum half Brian Keown would miss the conversion to keep the score at 5-0.
Following the kickoff, Carolina adjusted their attack pattern, alternating pack play to suck in Vanderbilt’s defensive line before quickly getting it out wide to the backs for steady gains in possession. At 10m out, Carolina’s 8-man picks it up off the scrum and offloads to Keown who touches it down for the try. The conversion brings it to 12-0 Carolina. The Gamecocks return the kickoff with quick pack play, keeping Vanderbilt on their back feet, and eventually get it out wide to sophomore wing Thomas Coar who runs the gap and touches down to make it 17-0. To read more, please click here.
South Carolina to Host SCRC Championship
Knoxville, TN - The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference is proud to announce that Columbia, South Carolina will serve as the official site for the fourth annual SCRC Championship Weekend scheduled for November 15th & 16th. The Columbia Regional Sports Council and Visitors Bureau and the University of South Carolina will be serving as the hosts, with matches to take place at the Strom Rugby Field on campus.
The following match times have been established:
Saturday, November 15 1:00 PM West #1 v East #2 3:00 PM East #1 v West #2
Sunday, November 16 1:00 PM Championship
“We welcome the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference to ‘Famously Hot’ Columbia, SC,” states Scott Powers, Executive Director, Columbia Regional Sports Council. “While you are here I invite you to enjoy all of our wonderful attractions, museums, dining options, and incredible shopping.” To read more, please click here.
Florida Defeated on the Road; 4-0, 2-0 SCRC
Gainesville, FL - Carolina Rugby traveled to Gainesville this past weekend and came out victorious over the Gators of the University of Florida.
Carolina took first possession at the kickoff, though mismanages the play, giving Florida excellent field position. After some unsuccessful forward play, the Gators get it out quick to the backs, though the Gamecocks put up a solid defense and prevent multiple attempts at goal. With a lucky break, Carolina is able to push Florida into touch and win the lineout, setting them up for a successful pod play off of a maul where senior, hooker Drew Busbee touched down the first try of the match, successfully converted by junior, scrumhalf Brian Keown, to give the Gamecocks an early 7-0 lead. The Gamecocks have little time to celebrate, as Florida, again, takes advantage of a mismanaged kick return by the Gamecocks and quickly pushes one in to bring the score to 7-5, Carolina. The Gamecocks respond with freshman, center Christian Harrell stealing a Florida pass and running it back 40m for the try, giving Carolina a 12-5 lead. Not allowing Carolina to pull away, Florida responds with a nice try from a chipped ball over the Carolina backline, followed up by another try off of some great lines through the Carolina backline, Giving Florida their first lead of the day at 17-12. Carolina is able to retake the lead and end the half at 19-17 on a try made by junior, wing Tim Hamill off of a perfect box kick made by Keown.To read more, please click here.