Even though the men’s senior league rugby season concluded last weekend (excluding the clubs that advanced to the playoffs), the collegiate rugby clubs around Florida have one more weekend of matches prior to the end of their regular season. In total, there are five rugby games this Saturday, March 29. Three of these are collegiate men’s games, one is a collegiate women’s match, and the final game will be played by two youth/high school rugby clubs.
UCF Hosts FIU
In Orlando, the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights Rugby Football Club (RFC) (4-1) will host the Florida International University (FIY) Panthers RFC (3-2) Saturday afternoon at Hercules Field on the UCF Campus in Orlando. Kickoff time for this match is 1 p.m. – one hour earlier than the normal starting time for rugby matches. This slight schedule change was made in the hopes of working in a “B-side” game between the two schools.
This is the second time this season the two clubs have met to take on each other in a rugby match. In the first game, played on the FIU Campus in Miami on February 15, the Knights defeated the Panthers 59 to 19. With a win over the Panthers, the Knights will earn a higher seed as they prepare for the Southern Independent Rugby Conference (SIRC) Championship Tournament on April 12 and April 13.
USF Hosts FSU
Closer to home in the Tampa Bay area, will be played on the University of South Florida (USF) Campus in Tampa. There, the USF Bulls RFC (0-4-1) prepares to host the Florida State University (FSU) Seminoles RFC (2-2-1). These clubs will meet to play this match at on Magnolia Field, with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m.
The previous match-up between these two teams, played in Tallahassee on Saturday, February 15, resulted in a 15-15 tie – the only game resulting in a tie across the state of Florida this spring at any level of competitive rugby.
Florida Gators travel to take on Kentucky Wildcats
The University of Florida (Florida) Gators RFC (4-1) will travel to Lexington, Ky. to take on the University of Kentucky (Kentucky) Wildcats (1-3). The match will take place on the Wildcat pitch, off of Wildcat Blvd and near the soccer stadium. With a win over Kentucky, the Florida Gators will advance to the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship Tournament, played in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13.
Lady Hurricanes host the Lady Owls
The University of Miami (UM) Hurricanes Women’s RFC (0-2) will host the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls Women’s RFC (1-1) this Saturday on the intermural fields of the UM Campus in Coral Gables, Fla. Kickoff time for this match is 2 p.m.
The first time these two clubs met for the Spring Season, on Saturday, February 1 in Boca Raton, the FAU Owls decimated the UM Hurricanes, with a final score of 107 to 0. It goes without saying the Lady Hurricanes are hoping for a closer match having the second game of the series played at UM.
Cardinal Gibbons host Mavericks RFC
The Cardinal Gibbons High School (HS) RFC (1-4), out of Fort Lauderdale, will host the Maverick HS RFC (1-4), out of Southwest Ranches portion of Broward County, this Saturday on the fields at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale. This match will kick off at 1:30 p.m. In the previous match-up of these schools, Maverick defeated Cardinal Gibbons 41 to 12 at Ruggerfest (February 2014).
Unlike their fellow older ruggers from across Florida, both of these high school clubs play more game prior to finishing their regular seasons. Cardinal Gibbons HS travels to Miami for a match against the Miami Rugby HS on Saturday, April 5, followed by another away match against the Naples Bears on Saturday April 12. Meanwhile, the Mavericks will wrap up their regular season next Saturday as they travel to Naples to play the Naples Bears HS RFC.
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