A second half turnaround and a dominating pack performance saw the two-time high school rugby champions open their 2010 campaign with a win.
The two-time multi-school champ Vikings of Spring Valley -- made up of Spring Valley and Dreher High -- pounded out a comfortable win over Greer High Sunday in a season opener for both.
Scoreless until the last seconds of the first half, Spring Valley went in at the end of a sloppy half down an unconverted try. But after some stiff halftime words from Head Coach Mark Morris, the Vikings came out in the second, putting three tries on their upstate opponents, the game finishing 19-5.
An unusually foot-friendly game for South Carolina High School Rugby, both sides up-and-undered for much of the game, with Spring Valley using it to greater effect in the second.
A pair of tries from a pair of props was the real difference in the game. Tight-head Ryan Cowert came up with the ball after an offensive kick from his flyhalf and put it down to level the scores at 5-5.
Coach John Roberts' Greer had opened the scoring through a breakaway at the 40 minute mark.
The opposite bookend to Cowsert in loose-head Zachary Kibler scored his first try of the year to seal the game late on. With two Kevin Knapp conversions and a try from a penalty for scrumhalf John Lenti completed the scoring.
Though the score came out in the favor of the Vikings, Greer looked the more disciplined side in the first 40, but were unable to capitalize.