Tennessee Finds Redemption at South RCT

New champions were crowned this weekend at the South RCT, as North Carolina was only able to hold on to one of their title's from last year's clean sweep.

Marietta, GA.- It was a weekend of change in the Southern RCT as North Carolina's dominant performance in 2017 wasn't able to be repeated.

Tier 1 play was next to impossible to predict, as the teams were so evenly matched, and it wasn't until the final whistle of the championship game that there was any clarity in the competition. South Carolina advanced into the cup semifinals as favorites after going undefeated in the qualification stages. Their opponents would be the somewhat unknown entity of Rugby Colorado, who were the only team to travel from another region to compete. They had gone through qualification at 1-1 losing to Tennessee Tri-Stars in their opening fixture, but then blowing past defending champions, North Carolina, in their second. The second semifinal would be played between Rugby Colorado's two qualifying opponents, North Carolina and Tennessee, both of whom had gone 1-1 in the qualification process.

In the semifinals, Rugby Colorado pulled off the upset and claimed the scalp of the, previously, unbeaten South Carolina side. It was an edge of your seat affair, with only one try being scored in the whole contest. Colorado advanced to the final courtesy of a 7-0 score line. They knew that their opponent on Sunday would be one that they were familiar with, but they'd have to wait to see if it would be a shot at redemption against Tennessee or a chance to double down against North Carolina. In another tight affair, it was Tennessee that prevailed 10-5. The stage was set for the final match of the competition to be a rematch of the first match in the competition. There would be no deviation from the script, as Tennessee repeated their efforts from Friday and pushed past Colorado for the Tier 1 title, 25-12. For Tennessee, who lost in the final last year, they finally had the redemption they sought. Chris Peterson, Tennessee's head coach noting, "(The) Championship was a long time coming. We lost in the finals last year. Team brought that vendetta back with them this year. (This) Weekend was about getting back up after getting knocked down"

While they weren't able to repeat their performances in Tier 1, North Carolina was able to go back to back in the second tier, dominating their opponents from start to finish. Contrary to Tier 1, Tier 2 took on a Round Robin format. Regardless of the format, it became apparent early on that North Carolina would be the team to beat. Through their first three games of the tournament they won by an average of 24 points, and more impressively were able to shut their opponents out. They faced their biggest hurdle in their final game of the competition against in-state rivals, Raleigh Redhawks. Despite the Redhawks ability to score on North Carolina, they were simply overpowered offensively and North Carolina held on to finish a perfect schedule off with an impressive 20-10 victory.