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SC High School Rugby Season kicks-off with Chapin, Gilbert and Sumter wins

Lugoff and Irmo contest a lineout
Lugoff and Irmo contest a lineout
Mike Gellatly

High School Rugby in South Carolina kicked-off it's 2010 season Friday night with four matches.

Cold, damp conditions and early season nerves aside, moments of real quality saw Chapin, Sumter and Gilbert win, while neither Lugoff-Elgin or Irmo could break a deadlock.

The weekend schedule had to be juggled late in the week meaning games were switched to avoid teams from the midlands traveling to the freezing Upstate and vice-versa. As a result Gilbert, who were to face Greenville, faced off against Brookland-Cayce, while Easley's did not travel.

The night saw two games played in Chapin and two at Brookland-Cayce's home pitch.

In Chapin, the first game of the night pitted one of the years new sides -- Lexington -- face off against a well-drilled Chapin Eagles side.

In their first competitive game, Lexington matched the home side for much of the first period. However, the second half saw the Eagles find their flow and open up the game and the score.

Lexington coach Mike Vasinko credited Chapin's play after the match saying his guys were able to match Chapin for the first half, but tired legs in the second half took a toll. The game finished 32-3.

In the second game of the night, Irmo played Lugoff-Elgin to a 5-5 stalemate.

Early season inconsistencies on both sides saw the hard-fought game played very-much between the 22s.

Lugoff opened the scoring through a Ethan Lemieux try. Irmo's points came from an unconverted try by Johnny Roof. Roof touched it down from a goaline ruck levelling the scores after some sustained pressure. Unfortunately it was Roof needing sustained pressure -- and later stitches -- for a busted lip.

At B-C, Sumter and Aiken fought another between-the-22s contest, with the more experienced Pee Dee side come out on top.

Penalty plays were the downfall of Aiken, with Sumter scoring three trys as a result, according to Aiken Head Coach John Schwenker. The game ended 15-8.

In the second game of the night, reigning Commissioner's Cup champions Gilbert showed their experience and power overrunning B-C 26-0.

There is one more fixture this weekend as Greer and Spring Valley will play in Columbia on Sunday -- kickoff scheduled for 3:30. The game follows a scheduled match between Furman University and The University of South Carolina's Palmetto side.The game will be played on the Greene street fields beside Colonial Life Center corner of Gadsden and Greene streets.


  • Hunter 5 years ago

    any photos of the gilbert/bc game?

    if so can you email them to

    much appreciated

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