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The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference opened with all of its games playing out according to expectation, save for the Alabama/LSU match which was postponed due to weather.
South Carolina lambasted Kentucky 104-0. The Gamecocks poured 16 tries on the visiting Wildcats.
Also to be expected, Tennessee crushed Vanderbilt 61-3. The game kicked off earlier than originally planned, at 11am, and Vanderbilt was never in the contest. The bigger Vols led 22-0 at halftime.
“We gained our advantage, for the most part, in the size of our players,” said Tennessee coach Marty Bradley.
“I mean, Vanderbilt had some very skilled players, but they were giving up a lot of size to us, and as the day went on it started to wear down on them, and we started getting breaks and started finishing with tries…They’re talented, they were just undersized today.”
Ole Miss made it seven-straight wins over in-state rival Mississippi State Saturday.
And Florida made continued its five-plus year winning streak over Georgia in Athens, Ga, holding the Bulldogs out of the try zone in the 29-3 victory.
Despite scoring the opening try in the fourth minute, Florida coach Ken Simmons said the Gators got off to a slow start.
“Basically, we started off playing well but we couldn’t finish. We were definitely rusty,” he said. “We just finally settled in. By the second half we were able to take control and get enough possession that our backs would do things without dropping it.”
Florida’s backline attack was sparked by the relationship between new Australian scrumhalf Raphael Freedman and returning Italian fly half Lucas Baistrocchi.
Flanker Rob Roux led the Gators with two tries in is his first game back since tearing his MCL last season.
The SCRC continues play next weekend with five more games. Kentucky and Georgia meet as both try to get their first win, Auburn makes its debut against Ole Miss, and Alabama does the same against Mississippi State. The two headliners are Florida hosting Tennessee and South Carolina traveling to LSU.