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The 2021 Fall Club National Champion is Clad in Big Orange!

By Mtb, 12/05/21, 6:15PM EST

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The Volunteers raced to a commanding lead after the first 20 minutes and then had to rely on a short handed defense in the final minutes to defeat Bowling Green State University 36-31 to claim the 2021 Fall USA Collegiate Rugby Club Championship.   

The Volunteers started fast - maybe too fast - with a 24-0 advantage after 20 minutes.  While the Volunteers awaited the trophy presentation, Bowling Green got untracked and put together two solid scoring efforts.  UT gave BG the short field with repeated handling errors and the Falcons took full advantage.  Then in the final moments of the first half the teams traded tries to make it 31-19 at the break.

Both teams settled in with better defense in the second half.  Austin White broke the line for a long range try at 49 minutes and then the match remained scoreless until the final moments.   The Vols spent most of the final minutes on defense due to 5 penalties and 2 yellow cards.  Bowling Green managed to get across two additional tries against the shorthanded Volunteer defense including one at the death. The Volunteers managed to regain the kickoff and kicked to touch to end the match and claim the 2021 Fall Club Championship.  

Huge thanks to the parents, alumni, and fans that followed the Volunteers to Charlotte and that have supported this team all season. Once again Vol Nation had a dominant presence as it has all fall. 

"Underestimate the Rugby Vols at our own peril"

Line up

1. Braxton Heard
2. Greg Giangiulio
3. Kevin Thomas; Brendan Bibb @ 62'
4. Greg Janowick
5. Will Ring; Tommy Codevilla @ 43'; Wallace @ 54'
6. Lance Williams
7. Luke Mathis
8. Graham Wallace; Jarrett Self @ 54'
9. Luke Davies
10. Marcus McClain
11. Austin White
12. Tom Pelini
13. Josh Shetler; Tim Yeager @ 46' (blood); Shetler @ 51'
14. Garrett Moorman
15. Jake Rath

16. Jarret Self
17. Tim Yeager
18. Carson Richards
19. Brendan Bibb
20. Tommy Codevilla
21. Christian Moolman
22. Chris Fisher
23. Elliot Christoph

Match Summary

06' - UT TRY (Janowick) / CK (Rath); Score: 7 - 0
10' - UT TRY (Janowick) / CK (Rath); Score: 14 - 0
13' - UT TRY (Ring); Score: 19 - 0
18' - UT TRY (Janowick); Score: 24 - 0
25' - BG TRY / CK; Score: 24 - 7
30' - BG TRY / CK; Score: 24 - 14
38' - UT TRY (Giangiulio) /CK (Rath); Score: 31 - 14
40' - BG TRY; Score 31-19
49' - UT TRY (White); Score: 36 - 19
72' - BG TRY / CK; Score 36 - 26
74' - UT Yellow Card (Rath)
75' - UT Yellow Card (Wallace)
79' - BG TRY; Score 36-31

Halftime:  Tennessee 31, Bowling Green State 19
Full time:  Tennessee 36, Bowing Green State 31

UT Scoring: 6 Tries , 3 Converted
BG Scoring: 5 Tries;  3 Converted

SCRUM QUALITY
UT: 4 of 7 = 57%
BG: 7 of 9 = 78%

LINE OUT QUALITY
UT: 7 of 9 = 78%
BG: 9 of 12 = 75% 

PENALTIES 1st/2nd/Tot
UT: 5/ 10/15
BG: 6/3/9