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Vols open season with victory over rival South Carolina

09/11/2017, 9:00am EDT
By MTB

Six freshmen make successful debut

The Tennessee Men's Rugby Team officially opened the fall campaign on Saturday against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Tennessee Rugby Park. The Vols broke open the game with three tries in the second half to claim a 32-22 victory to start the season.

The Vols were able to contain the expansive Gamecock attack and found success in their restarts to gain momentum in the first half.  UT carried a 3 tries to 2 advantage into the break.  Fresh legs in the second half, that also included trading some brawn for pace, provided scoring opportunities while keeping the Gamecocks in check through the second half until the final moments.

Six first semester players took the field in the Varsity match and a total of 20 new faces pulled on the UT jersey for the first time on Saturday. 

 

Line Up

1. Kayser
2. Couch / Landon @ 40 min. 
3. Horak / Couch @ 40 min.
4. Janowick / Mathis @ 53 min.
5. Rivas
6. Shaw / Ransom @ 40 min.
7. Craven / Walter @ 68 min.
8. Roberts / Craven @ 68 min.
9. Vickers
10. Hawkins
11. Via
12. Wallace / Griffin @ 40 min.
13. Lane
14. Cook
15. Davis

Scoring Summary

01:00 )07-00) Try Wallace / CK Davis
07:00 (07-03) PK USC
16:00 (07-10) Try USC
26:00 (14-10) Try Rivas / CK Davis
30:00 (14-15) Try USC
36:00 (19-15) Try UT Scrum
63:00 (24-15) Try Via
69:00 (29-15) Try Walter 
76:00 (32-15) PK Davis
78:00 (32-22) Try USC 

Half: Tennessee 19, South Carolina 15
Final: Tennessee 32, South Carolina 22

Referee: Vince Girolami
Asst Referee: Wyatt Visca
Asst Referee: Volunteer

Statistics

Scrums
UT: 9/11
USC: 6/6

Lineouts
UT: 9/10
USC: 9/9

Penalties
UT: 8
USC: 10

Reserve Line Up

1. Moseley / Gourgy
2. Dixon / Pojani
3. Horak / Heifner
4. Mathis / Drilling
5. Walker / Kallas
6. Ransom / Kako / Sheffield
7. Walter  
8. Eicher / Kauvaka
9. Vaughn / Dorflinger-Slee
10. Leatherwood
11. Ilchert / Dukes
12. Montgomery / Rotter
13. Griffin / Williams
14. Beacom / Watson
15. Neal 

Scoring Summary

02:00 (05-00) Try Neal
12:00 (05-05) Try USC
42:00 (10-05) Try Dorflinger-Slee
44:00 (10-10) Try USC
53:00 (10-13) PK USC
78:00 (10-18) Try USC

Halftime: Tennessee 5, South Carolina 5
Final: Tennessee 10, South Carolina 18

Referee: Vince Girolami
Asst Referee: Wyatt Visca
Asst Referee: Volunteer

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