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Volunteers Fall in SCRC Final

11/06/2017, 5:00pm EST
By MTB

Tennessee bested South Carolina in the semifinal 27-17 of the 2017 Southeastern Conference Championship and then lost to Kentucky in the hard fought final 26-22. 

The Volunteers hosted the championship event at the Tennessee Rugby Park with the semifinals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.  Tennessee was able to harness the expansive Gamecock attack in the semifinal round and use some power rugby to pound out a 27-17 victory on Saturday.  Kentucky raced past Alabama 40-22 in the semifinal to set up a showdown on Sunday.

In the final the Vols fell behind in the first minute of the game and then fell behind by two scores twice in the game only to fight back into it each time. Handling errors by both teams, many caused by bone jarring hits, halted several promising attacks. At the final whistle, Kentucky escaped with a hard earned victory 26-22.  

2017 SCRC Championship
Tennessee 22, Kentucky 26

Tennessee Line Up

1. Nesto Rivas / Zack McAfee @ 65'
2. Chris Couch               
3. Keenan Kayser
4. Greg Janowick
5. Will Shaw / Nesto Rivas @ 65'
6. Josh Landon
7. Dylan Craven
8. Kerry Roberts
9. Travis Vickers
10. Sam Hawkins
11. Chris Leatherwood
12. Lantz Williams / Patrick Beacom @ 70'
13. John Via / Garrett Montgomery @ 14'
14. Duke Cook
15. Drew Davis

 

Scoring Summary

  1' - UK TRY (12); Score 0 - 5
  6' - UT TRY (Roberts); Score: 5 - 5
26' - UK TRY (15) / CK (10); Score 5 - 12
34' - UK TRY (10) / CK (10); Score 5 - 19
36' - Yellow Card Kentucky (7)
37' - UT TRY (Roberts) / CK (Davis); Score 12 - 19
44' - Red Card Kentucky (8)
66' - Yellow Card Tennessee (McAfee)
67' - UT TRY (Roberts); Score 17 - 19
68' - Yellow Card Kentucky (1)
78' - UK TRY (10) / CK (10); Score 17 - 26
80' - UT TRY (Roberts); Score 22 - 26

Hafltime: Tennessee 12, Kentucky 19
Full time: Tennessee 22, Kentucky 26

Referee: Randall Johnson
Asst Referee: Ethan Rosenblum
Asst Referee: Brad Lokitz

SCRUM QUALITY
UT: 9 of 10 = 90%  [8 resets]
UK: 9 of 11 = 81%  [3 resets]

LINE OUT QUALITY
UT: 11 of 13 = 85% 
UK: 9 of 14 = 64% 

 

PENALTIES CONCEDED
1st / 2nd / Tot
UT: 6 / 5 / 11
UK: 5 / 9 / 14

 

2017 SCRC Semifinal
Tennessee 27, South Carolina 17

Tennessee Line Up

1. Rivas / McAfee @ 72'
2. Couch               
3. Kayser
4. Janowick
5. Shaw / Rivas @ 72'
6. Ransom / Landon @ 16' 
7. Craven
8. Roberts
9. Vickers
10. Hawkins
11. Leatherwood
12. Beacom
13. Via
14. Cook
15. Davis

Scoring Summary

12' - UT TRY (Vickers)/CK (Davis); Score 7 - 0
22' - SC PK; Score: 7 - 3
27' - UT TRY (Rivas); Score 12 - 3
39' - SC TRY/CK; Score 12 - 10 HALFTIME
45' - UT TRY (Roberts); Score 17 - 10
61' - UT TRY (Landon); Score 22 - 10
64' - SC TRY/CK; Score 22 - 17
75' - UT TRY (Vickers); Score 27 - 17 FINAL

Halftime: Tennessee 12, South Carolina 10
Full Time: Tennessee 27, South Carolina 17

Referee: Rob Halcomb
Asst Referee: Ben Dickenson
Asst Referee: Matt Noss

SCRUM QUALITY
UT: 10 of 10 = 100%
USC: 3 of 9 = 33% 

LINE OUT QUALITY
UT: 6 of 9 = 67% 
USC: 7 of 9 = 77% 

PENALTIES CONCEDED
1st / 2nd / Tot
UT: 6 /2 / 8
USC: 2 / 8 /10

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