On a cool but clear day in South Carolina, the Clemson Tigers took huge strides in their Atlantic Conference Rugby League opener against Georgia Tech. The Tigers wanted to match Tech’s physicality, they did with no problem in a 100-0 stomping.
The Tigers started early and only poured it on with the first score coming from eight-man and Captain Matt Fetty in the first five minutes. Soon after flanker Ryan Sullivan and insider center Tyler Blaser each scored on nearly back-to-back possessions to make the score a quick 21-0 lead.
The Jackets stopped the scoring bleeding, but only temporarily as it only took nine minutes for outside center Rion Tapp to find the scoring zone, then Sullivan scored his second try nearly three minutes later.
More of the same for the Tigers as scrumhalf Tyler Thompson and flyhalf Eddie Abreu each touched down to make the score 49-0 at the half.
In the second half, the Tigers just picked right where they left off and didn’t give the Jackets any hope of getting near the tryline. Fetty would find his way to the scoring zone three times to lead all scorers with four on the day.
Winger Nick Johnson would get his glory right after Fetty’s effort in the 13th minute. Soon after Tapp would get his second score of the day followed by fullback Jordan Byrd in the 25 minute to make it 76-0 and take away all hope for the Jackets.
Freshman reserve Sam Stargel got his score in the 35th minute right after Fetty and followed by Abreu. Byrd put the icing on the cake to get the Tigers to triple digits, while senior winger Stefan Friend kicked his final conversion on the day to go 7-17 on conversions and 2-2 on penalty kicks.
“Our focus was to remain disciplined and play within our systems,” Clemson head coach Justin Hickey said. “Georgia Tech is a physical team and can suck you into a tight game. We did a good job of playing within ourselves.”
The Tigers will have to get over this win quick and build off their blemishes as they will take on N.C. State who will be coming off a loss to Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech will shake this game off to welcome in the Wake Forest Demon Deacons next weekend.