While the True South and Carolinas/Georgia clubs have yet to emerge from their winter hibernation, Florida’s 2019 Spring Season teams sprinted into their second weekend of play Saturday, January 19, 2019.
Women’s Division II:
In Florida, the Jacksonville Sinners kicked off their season with a 28 to 17 win over the Tampa Bay Krewe. Jacksonville were down ten points for the majority of the game, and with 25 minutes left in the contest they found themselves down only three. The Krewe saw one of their players sent to the bin in 70th minute. From there the Sinners took full advantage- getting a penalty try from the yellow card and scoring a try of their own volition taking them into the lead and securing their first win of the season.
Fort Miami Rugby blasted past the Indian River Raptors in a 76 to 0 shutout. Fort Miami were led by their flyhalf Marie Zeoli, who was responsible for 21 of Fort Miami’s points.
Men’s Division II:
In Men’s Division II action, two games took place Saturday in the Sunshine State.
The Tampa Bay, the Krewe RFC hosted the Jacksonville RFC Saturday on the Krewe’s field at Skyview Park. In the contest,Tampa Bay scored 12 tries and eight conversions to defeat Jacksonville 76 to 0.
Just a little further south, the Naples Hammerheads handedly beat the Boca Raton Buccaneers 31 to 10. Naples earned five tries and three conversions, holding Boca Raton to just one converted try and one penalty kick.
Men’s Division III
Florida offered the rest of USA Rugby South with three Division III matchups Saturday.
The Sarasota Surge soundly defeated the Daytona Beach Coconuts 43 to 7. Sarasota secured seven tries and four conversions, while Daytona was limited to just one converted try.
The Miami Tridents ran all over the Indian River Raptors Saturday, winning their matchup 79 to 23. Miami scored 13 tries and one conversion. Indian River was limited to three tries, one conversion, and two penalty kicks.
Finally, on Saturday, the Saint Petersburg Pelicans trampled the Tampa Bay Krewe D3 59 to 5.