TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Krewe Rugby team
assured itself a spot in the Final Four of the USA Rugby South
Senior Men’s Division II Championship by defeating the
Charleston (S.C.) Outlaws on the parade deck at The Citadel. With a
defensive effort that limited Charleston’s scoring to three
penalty kicks and only one try and an offense that featured six
tries, three from Giles Sayner and two from “Sugar”
Shane Stewart, Krewe will now face New Orleans in the Semi Finals
on April 25-26 in Fort Benning, GA.
Jacksonville (FL.), who defeated Greenville (S.C.), will face Baton Rouge (LA.), winners over Huntsville (AL.), in the other Semifinal game.
The Tampa Bay Rugby community is well represented in the playoffs this post season. The Pasco Myrmidons completed a very impressive inaugural season despite a disappointing loss to Savannah in the Division III playoffs while the University of South Florida, USA Rugby South Collegiate Division II Champions, continues its pursuit of a National Championship in Sanford, FL. April 17-18.
Krewe (11-2) completed its USA Rugby Spring Season competition with six consecutive wins avenging its only two losses with a grueling final 21-19 win over previously undefeated Jacksonville and a playoff clinching 32-17 win against Daytona in the final two games of the season assuring a playoff spot and a road trip to South Carolina.
With almost perfect weather and on the historic landmark Citadel
Parade Deck, Charleston kicked off with the wind at their backs.
“Just like the previous game in Daytona, the host team wanted
to kick with the wind to keep us deep in our end of the field and
take advantage of any mistakes we might make. Their #10 is a very
accurate, long range kicker”, said coach Kevin
The strategy appeared to be working as Krewe committed multiple first half penalties giving the Outlaws several early scoring opportunities. The Charleston Fly Half was able to slot only one of four kicks giving them an early 3-0 lead. Krewe posted its first try seven minutes in when Giles Sayner, a soldier in the British Army attached to Central Command at McDill AFB, scored on a long pass from Augustin Pombo de Erazcano. Krewe played tough defense for the next 30 minutes before giving up a try and conversion making the score 10-5, Charleston. However, Sayner touched down his second try tying the score 10-10 just before the half.
The first ten minutes of the second half saw sixteen points
being scored. The scoring began with a try from the English prop,
Tommy Ruff, his third in the last two games. Charleston quickly
added two penalty kicks to take a 16-15 lead until Stewart notched
his first try. The conversion by Marc “Peaches” Petrini
put Krewe ahead 22-16. For the final thirty minutes, Krewe shut
down the Outlaws with tough defense while adding twelve more
Sayner added his third try of the game at the thirty-five minute mark to increase the lead to 27-16. The final try was initiated by Austin Dacaney and Dustin Frank setting up Stewart, who finished by kicking past the Outlaw fullback and outrunning him to touch the ball down. Pombo de Erezcano converted for a final 34-16 Krewe victory.
Charles “J.J.” Kasper and Stewart were recognized for outstanding play while Sayner was awarded the “Man of the Match”, his second in as many games.
About Tampa Bay Krewe Rugby:
Krewe Rugby, formed in 1989, is a 501(c)3 not-for profit organization dedicated to spreading the spirit of rugby by promoting loyalty, sportsmanship, discipline and teamwork throughout the Tampa Bay community.
Bradford Davis, Executive Director
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