The top two Division II (D-II) teams in the Northern Division of the Florida Rugby Union (FRU) went down in defeat this past Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19. The Tampa Bay Krewe Rugby Football Club (RFC) lost to the Daytona Beach Coconuts RFC, while the Orlando Griffins RFC was defeated by the Jacksonville RFC. As of 4 p.m. Saturday, there were no longer any unbeaten rugby clubs within D-II of the FRU .
Tampa Bay defeated by Daytona Beach
The Tampa Bay Krewe RFC traveled up to Daytona Beach, Fla. Saturday afternoon to take on the Daytona Beach Coconuts RFC. The two teams met for their match on the Coconuts home pitch at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Krewe went into the game as the lone unbeaten squad throughout the state of Florida, but returned to Tampa Bay with a 46 to 22 loss.
In the match, Daytona Beach scored seven tries, four conversions, and one penalty kick which totaled 46 points. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay was limited to three tries, two conversions, and one penalty kick to reach its point total of 22 points. Tampa Bay’s record drops to 5-1-1, while Daytona Beach’s record improves to 2-4-0.
Orlando upset by Jacksonville
The Orlando Griffins RFC, the other club in contention for the top seed in the northern division of the Florida Rugby Union, suffered a 31 to 21 loss against the Jacksonville RFC Saturday afternoon. The match, played on Jacksonville’s home pitch at Huffman Park in Jacksonville, Fla., became the first win for Jacksonville this season.
In the match, Jacksonville scored five tries and three conversions to total 31 points, while Orlando scored 3 tries and three conversions to earn its 21 points. The decision drops Orlando’s record to 4-2-1 for the season, while Jacksonville’s record improves to 1-3-0.
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