Knoxville, TN - The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference wrapped up another exciting season with the University of South Carolina being crowned champions at the SCRC 15's Championship in Columbia, SC. The Gamecocks capped off a fantastic season with a 50-22 win over Alabama in the final.
This year’s competition saw much improvement over the course of the season with some teams taking major steps to improve their programs. Overall, the level of play was much improved and it showed in competitive matches from top to bottom. The conference would like to thank all teams, players, coaches, club sports administrators, referees, volunteers, and fans for making this year a success. The following are individuals whose performances stood out above the rest. To read more, please click here.
Carolina Drops Tough Match to Clemson
Rugby Today - In a battle of in-state rivals, Clemson edged South Carolina 40-14 in the final game of the night at the 2014 ACRC Bowl Series. Strong forward play and disciplined defense compelled the Tigers to victory.
Clemson got on the board first with a peculiar looking try. Prop Max Simons picked the ball up from a tackled player simultaneously as a ruck was forming and squirted out of the pile with the ball to sneak under the posts to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Fullback Aaron Keers added a penalty to put Clemson up 10-0. In the first half, the Clemson pack did a tremendous job counter rucking. On several occasions it caused turnovers or at the very least slowed the Gamecocks down.
“We built our foundation from the breakdown out, having the physicality and competing at every breakdown offensively and defensively,” said Clemson head coach Justin Hickey. ”I think tonight was one of our better showings there and it was really encouraging to see.” South Carolina head coach Mark Morris added similar sentiments. “I will give Clemson its due, their pack was really aggressive and kept us on the back foot.” To read more, please click here.
South Carolina, Back-to-Back SCRC Champions
Rugby Today - South Carolina defeated Alabama, 50-22, on Sunday to take home the 2014 SCRC conference championship in Columbia, SC. With the win, the Gamecocks earned the right to take on in-state rival Clemson at the ACRC Bowl Series next weekend. USC got on the board first thanks to a try from the forwards' man-of-the-match, Zach Mullineaux, from Downingtown, PA. Alabama responded with two unanswered to take a 12-7 lead. South Carolina retook the lead with a converted try, but Alabama battled back to take a 15-14 lead with a penalty. The Gamecocks, however, finished the half strong adding another penalty and a late try to take a 24-15 halftime advantage.
“The first part of the game was pretty tight,” said South Carolina coach Mark Morris. “Their forwards continued to play well, and their backs continued to tackle well.” South Carolina tried to disrupt the breakdown and poach the ball, but Alabama held up well. “It got to the point that it was better just to man up, make the tackle, and get back up on our feet rather than trying to poach,” Morris Added. The Gamecocks stopped contesting the rucks as fiercely, waiting for the Crimson Tide to make a mistake or an isolated player to attack.To read more, please click here.
Fall Awards Banquet Announced
Columbia, SC - On Friday, December 5th, the team will be holding its Fall Awards Banquet which will be open to all parents, alumni, and Foundation supporters. We would encourage anyone who lives locally or plans to be visiting the Columbia area the weekend of the 5th to please take the opportunity to meet the players, enjoy some Southern cuisine, and show your support for Carolina Rugby. We will have a full barbeque buffet with all the fixins’, as well as an awards presentation and a speech from Head Coach Mark Morris.
"Each season, we make it a priority to recognize the very best of Carolina Rugby, and we gratefully ask our supporters who make it possible to be there to celebrate with us." Mark Morris.
We certainly hope that you can attend, and if so, ask that you please RSVP the Carolina Rugby Foundation by phone at 803-974-0401 or by email at TheCarolinaRugbyFoundation@gmail.com The following are the event details:
Alex Goff - Look for a college sports rivalry that’s more intense than Clemson v South Carolina, go ahead, look for one; the chances are, you won’t find it.
“The in-state rivalry between Clemson and Carolina has been going on for over 100 years,” said USC Head Rugby Coach Mark Morris. “You could equate it to Auburn-Alabama or Florida-Georgia, but what adds to it is that this is such a small state. It’s not just geographic. You see families divided. It’s tooth and nail.”
“It’s a huge rivalry, more intense than Michigan and Michigan State,” said Clemson Head Rugby Coach Justin Hickey, a native Michigander. “This is Southern football country and there’s a lot of passion behind it, and there’s no pro sports in the state and that fuels it even more. There is no middle ground. You are either Clemson or you’re South Carolina. That’s it.”
Thanks to the fact that for a few years they were playing at different times of the year, Clemson and South Carolina haven’t faced each other for some time. So you can imagine how happy everyone was when Clemson won the ACRL, and South Carolina won the SCRC - the rugby equivalents of the ACC and SEC football conferences. Saturday, it’s Tigers v Gamecocks in the ACRC Bowl Series in Charlotte, NC. 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.
Saturday, November 15 1:00 PM West #1 (Mississippi State) v East #2 (South Carolina) 3:00 PM East #1 (Tennessee) v West #2 (Alabama)
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.