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 Tames the Bulldogs; 3-0, 1-0 SCRC
Columbia, SC - Carolina Rugby held their SCRC season opener this past weekend and came out victorious over the Bulldogs of the University of Georgia. Within the first three minutes, senior, lock Drez Henfield touched down the first try of the match, which was converted by junior, scrumhalf Brian Keown, to give the Gamecocks an early 7-0 lead. After great ball control and pressure, Henfield would follow up with a second converted try to increase Carolina’s lead to 14-0. With less than 5 minutes before the half, junior, 8-man Mike Mahon would touch down one more to bring the score to 19-0. In the beginning of the second half, Keown touched down a try of his own before junior, fullback Tim Hamill touched down two more back-to-back, giving Carolina a 36-0 lead. Henfield would complete the hat trick with his final try of the afternoon, followed by another from junior, flanker Zach Mullineaux to extend Carolina’s lead to 48-0. Two more forward tries from senior, lock Zac Gorman and junior, prop Ben Mather would give the Gamecocks a 60-0 advantage. In the final ten minutes, Carolina would score twice more, once more from Keown and once from senior, wing Avery Darnell, to give the Gamecocks a 72-0 lead and ultimate victory. Man of the Match honors were awarded to junior, prop Ben Mather from Cincinnati, OH and junior, scrumhalf Brian Keown from Newton Square, PA. 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.
Carolina Sweeps the Preseason 2-0
Columbia, SC -
Carolina Rugby held their home opener this past weekend and came out victorious over the Seahawks of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Early in the first half, UNCW was able to capitalize off of a penalty deep in Carolina territory for an early try, though missed the conversion, bringing the score to 5-0. The Gamecocks answered with a powerful maul off of a lineout where sophomore, lock Drez Henfield touched one down to tie the game at 5-5. Carolina followed up with another try by junior, scrumhalf Brian Keown who successfully converted to give the Gamecocks a 12-5 lead heading into the second half. Wilmington opened up the half with a vengeance, picking off a Carolina offload to run it back for the try, followed by a solid run on the outside for another try and conversion, giving them the lead at 19-12. Carolina responded with junior, 8-man Mike Mahon barreling into the try zone to close the gap, with captain Zac Gorman pounding in the final try to give the Gamecocks a 22-19 lead and ultimate victory. Man of the Match honors were awarded to junior, lock Zack Mullineaux from Downingtown, PA and senior, lock Zac Gorman from Cincinnati, OH. To read more, please click here.