It was business as usual on the upper crust of the South Conference, as Florida State won big, 29-3, over South Carolina. The Gamecocks play a physical brand of rugby, and that gave the Seminoles fits in the opening half, as they led just 10-3 at intermission, but FSU ran away with it in the second.
“South Carolina is a big, tough bunch of guys. They just play really hard rugby, so lots of concussions, lots of shoulder injuries throughout the game, but our boys kept their composure,” said FSU coach Tim Russell
“Couple of individual performances from Dylan Hamilton again put us in the position to get that bonus point, that fourth try. It was a tough game. The boys are sticking to the game plan when we’re under pressure, but it’s going to be a tough fixture up in South Carolina, I’ll tell you that.”
If the rest of the South season plays out according to script, the title will be decided by a one-off between FSU and Florida in Gainesville, so keeping healthy has to be Russell’s priority in matches like Saturday’s.
“We’re really fortunate that the season’s really been structured for us,” said Russell. “We’ve got two weeks off now and then we travel to Kennesaw State and then we’ve got Georgia, so those are good games to prepare ourselves for that UF fixture, so staying health’s the key. We’re very fortunate to have such depth. We’ve got a 70-man roster, so we can rely on those boys if we need to. “
SOUTH CAROLINA VS. KENNESAW STATE
There was a shakeup on the league floor, as Georgia climbed out of last place with a 50-12 drubbing of Kennesaw State. Georgia utilized a superior midfield to dismantle KSU.
“They pressured us through the scrum, and our lineouts were solid, but they were missing their fly half, who I thought was their best player in the fall,” said Georgia coach Doug Porter. “They just couldn’t tackle our backs, so we beat them through the centers and scored some long tries.”
Georgia, now 1-3 in conference, had their first winnable match (meaning not against Florida or Florida State) last weekend, but suffered a disappointing blowout at the hands of South Carolina. So getting their first win Saturday was a good feeling for the Bulldogs.
“The South Carolina game last week was just sort of surreal. My summary to the coaches was we did every single thing wrong every single time,” said Porter. “Florida, Florida State weren’t quite that way, so we get a win and now we get a few weeks off. We’re eliminated form contention, but we want to go ahead and get some wins and have some fun.”