South Recap: Quiet Before the Storm

Due to a combination of bye weeks and weather conditions postponing games, only four games took place in the USA Rugby South division.  While Florida dominated action this past weekend, this is the South’s last (somewhat) quiet Saturday before the Carolinas/Georgia and True South Conferences kicks off their Spring 2019 seasons.

Women's Division II: 

The Orlando Griffins  traveled to take on the Jacksonville Sinners RFC.  In the end, Orlando defeated Jacksonville 57 to 14.  Orlando capitalized on 11 tries and one conversion.  Jacksonville was limited to two tries and two conversions.

Men's Division II: 

The Orlando Griffins  men's club also traveled northeast to take on the Jacksonville RFC.  The results literally came down to a successful conversion from the Griffins.

Jacksonville held onto a 36 to 26 lead with eight minutes in the game before Orlando scored two tries to even up the game at 36 to 36.  However, the Griffins' successful conversion on their second try gave Orlando the win over Jacksonville.

Both clubs benefitted from penalty tries (one a piece).  As for the rest of the scoring, Orlando earned five tries and three conversions, while Jacksonville only successfully converted two of its five tries.

Both the Boca Raton Buccaneers v. Miami Tridents and the Fort Lauderdale v. Okapi Wanderers games were postponed due to field and weather conditions.

Men's Division III

Finally, the Gainesville Hogs hosted Daytona Beach Coconuts Saturday.  Gainesville defeated Daytona 54 (ten tries and two conversions) to Daytona Beach 8 (one try and one penalty kick).
The Palm Beach Panthers  benefitted from the Indian River Raptors forced forfeit Saturday, giving the Panthers their first win for 2019.