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Florida State completed the sweep of championships in the South
Independent Rugby Conference by winning the tournament title match 22-12
over UCF Sunday. They finished first in the regular season, too.
The Seminoles fell down 7-0 to the Golden Knights in the opening minutes, but answered with a 22-0 run that wasn’t ended until about the 75th minute by an inconsequential UCF try.
“UCF is real dangerous, and they were able to punch one in real fast on us. Just made a mistake off the opening kickoff, then one mistake and another mistake,” said FSU coach Kirk Swanner.
“We weren’t shaken after that and went back and started playing the game plan. The plan was to play field position, to play it on their half of the field, and we went back out there and started doing that, creating some turnovers, got some good attacking platforms and just made the most of them.”
Steve Wertepny and Jason Kinsley scored tries in the opening half for Florida State, and Javier Ayo added a penalty. Dan Sammons scored the Seminoles’ lone second-half try. Both of UCF’s tries were dotted down by Anthony Annunziata.
With the win, FSU advances to the Knoxville, Tenn. region of the Sweet 16, where they could well face rival Florida for the third time this season.
“We would love to play them,” said Swanner of the Gators. “We played them twice already and saw them at 7s Nationals in Texas, so seeing them at Nationals would be great.”