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South Florida scored the first upset in South Independent Rugby Conference history, beating Central Florida 13-0 in Orlando Saturday. The Golden Knights beat the Bulls big in fall Florida Cup league play, and that may have resulted in a false sense of confidence heading into the SIRC opener.

“I think there are two things,” said USF coach Gordon Campbell. “One, I think that because they beat us quite handily last time, it was the old psyche. Two, our guys out a hundred miles an hour and just didn’t let up.”

USF opened the scoring with an Alistair Brice penalty in the 10th minute, and Brian Skvarch extended the lead with the game’s only try in the 40th minute. The fly half, who had been kicking for field position the entire first half, dummied a kick and scored under the crossbar. Brice converted and slotted a second penalty in the second half.

The Bulls dominated field position in the second half, as Gordon estimates they played no more than five minutes in their own half.

USF, which had a successful DII season last year, has lost a slew of seniors since. But the upperclassmen remaining led by example Saturday.

“What I said yesterday, what do we have to do to win some games? The seniors have got to stand up, and they did. The guys who we’ve got left, experienced guys, stepped up and they pulled the rookies with them.”

The win makes USF 1-0 in the SIRC, which is good for second place behind 2-0 Florida State. Next week, the Bulls try to avenge another Florida Cup loss against FAU, and the Golden Knights try to knock off the Seminoles.

Tries: Brian Skvarch
Cons: Alistair Brice
Pens: Brice (2)