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The SCRC is down to the wire and the playoff picture is getting clearer. In the game of the weekend, Tennessee outlasted South Carolina 13-10.
Both teams came out fired up for the rivalry game and as a result left a lot of points on the table.
“It was a situation where both teams had so much emotion and so much was on the line that it led to a bunch of mistakes, said Tennessee coach Marty Bradley. “There was some opportunities that both teams let slip away because they made aggressive mistakes particularly near the try line.”
Tennessee opened the scoring with a try from Nick Duklewski. But in typical USC versus Tennessee the opposition struck back to even the score. Mike Mahon dotted down for South Carolina to make the game 5-5 going into the break. David Nuckolls broke the deadlock for Tennessee but Quinton Brinkley scored a try to even the match at 10-10.
In a game that featured a couple of high-powered offenses, it was the defenses that won the day. The games between these two teams are usually tight affairs that come down to the last minute but are usually much more high scoring.
“Both teams are pretty dynamic in their attack but it turns out both teams were just as strong defensively too,” Bradley said of the game.
This match was no different as it was a close match. Both teams missed a bunch of kicks on the day but the Volunteers earned a penalty right under the posts. In the 75th minute, however, Tennessee pulled in front 13-10. The Vols with stood a late South Carolina push to hold on for the victory.
“It was exactly what you expect when those two teams go after it. South Carolina has some really strong players and we bring a lot to the game as well. It was the type of game you would expect form those two teams,” Bradley added.
With the win, Tennessee effectively eliminated South Carolina from playoff contention. Both Tennessee and Kentucky are undefeated in the eastern division, setting up a showdown on November 5th between the two teams.
“I think Kentucky is the team to beat. I think they are playing some pretty good system and overall the best rugby from week to week in our conference right now. There is no doubt to compete for a championship you are going to have to beat Kentucky and if we are we may have to play them twice. They have got a very mature strong team and November 6th is going to be a heck of a game,” Bradley said of Kentucky.
In the western division Florida fell to Georgia over the weekend 43-21 opening the door for Ole Miss to snag the final spot. It is an outside shot, however, as Florida beat Ole Miss earlier this year. The Runnin’ Rebels will have to beat Kentucky and Vanderbilt and get help from Alabama next week.