Friday, February 22, 2013

SCRC Digest

by Ted Hardy

The SCRC schedule is loaded this weekend with five games on the schedule. The big one is a cross-division matchup between West powerhouse LSU and the resurgent South Carolina. The matchup pits the top offense in the SCRC (South Carolina) against the top defense (LSU).

Of the four games on the Week 3 SCRC schedule, three of them ended with lopsided scores. The lone close matchup ended with Vanderbilt picking up a rewarding road victory over previously undefeated Ole Miss.

SCRC Players of the Week

East Division

The Week 3 East Division Player of the Week is Tim Holkenborg a Senior flyhalf and Captain for the University of South Carolina. Holkenborg is off to a great start this season and has played a major role in the Gamecocks early season undefeated run. Holkenborg is collecting his second Player of the Week nod of the season after lighting up Georgia this past weekend. Holkenborg scored 27 points on three tries and six conversions. Holkenborg has scored 53 points in three games this season.


"Tim had another excellent game," said South Carolina Head Coach Mark Morris. "He directed the USC backline to the tune of 6 out of the 9 tries Carolina scored, with Tim getting 3 himself."
The Forwards scored the other 3 mainly working to give the backs constant good quick ball all day. Even though it was a cold, wet, windy day with more rain and sleet slated for the day USC did a great job of passing and hadling the ball.

West Division

The West Division Week 3 Player of the Week is Will Middleton a Junior No. 8 from Louisiana State University. Middleton scored three tries in a dominating performance during a 47-7 win over Auburn.

SCRC Coaches Corner

For this week's SCRC Coaches Corner, we sit down with University of South Carolina Head Coach Mark Morris and talk about the Gamecock's fast start to the season, expectations, focus, and excitement about the SCRC.

On South Carolina's impressive start:

"The players are doing well with our success. We are starting alot of freshmen and sophmores on the team and all of them came from good high school programs that were their state champions or top teams in area. So the boys are expecting to do well. Also with the commitment the team has bought into this season with all the extra conditioning and focus on skills they feel confident about their abilities."
 
Areas where the team has excelled:

"The team has excelled this season is the forwards constant support of each other and ball retention. They have really stepped it up to find and retain ball for our back-line.We are lucky to have several good runners in the pack that make a difference. Junior, David Mysona, a converted center now playing prop is really carrying the ball well, Freshman #8 , Mike Mahon is a hard runner that is able to make his own space when he has the ball and freshman flanker/ 8/lock, Zach Mullineaux has a knack for finding the try line."
 
"The back-line is really working well at finding space this season. Our fly-half,Senior Captain Tim Holkenborg, has really worked well on probing the defense for gaps and getting the ball into the hands of the centers, Junior #12,Mitch Fontalvo, a recent addition to the club from Australia and Sophmore #13, Michael Rudzinsky, who just made the 2013 USA Maccabiah Team that competes this summer."

Keeping focus this week:

"Practice has remained the same. We have a pretty structured routine and just try to worry about what we have to do to be succesful. We are aware of LSU's offensive threats but overall each of the players have confidence in each other to handle their opposite."
 
Thoughts on the SCRC:

"I am excited about the SCRC's potential. I think most sports minded people are aware of the impact conference play has in college football, baseball and all varsty college sports. With the ability to have conference play and compete for a conference title means something to the players on the better teams. Then with the chance to parlay your conference win into a trip to the college playoffs are huge."

SCRC Week 4 Preview

LSU (2-0) at South Carolina (3-0) - This is not only one of the top games on the SCRC schedule this weekend, but in all of college rugby. As mentioned above, the game sets the top offensive teams in the SCRC (South Carolina) against the top defense (LSU). South Carolina is averaging 46 points/game and is led by team Captain and flyhalf Tim Holkenborg who is leading the SCRC in points this season. LSU's defense is giving up and average of 9.5 pionts/game and their offense is fully capable of putting up plenty of points. The teams are playing the game in Alabama, so neither team has home field advantage or some of the distractions that come with playing at home. This game may come down to South Carolina's defense. One thing is for certain, eyes are going to be on the SCRC this weekend.

Florida (1-2) at Vanderbilt (1-1) - A game that might go overlooked to those outside of the SCRC, Florida/Vanderbilt should be a very interesting matchup. Florida broke out last weekend against Kentucky while Vanderbilt stunned previously unbeaten Ole Miss on the road. Florida has struggled on the road thus far this season and is making one of their longest trips to face Vanderbilt. The Commodores have a competitive side and shouldn't be a walk in the park for the Gators. This is shaping up to be a very good game. Not something you would have imagined 4-5 years ago.

Tennessee (1-0) at Georgia (0-2) - Tennessee rolls into Georgia this weekend licking their lips. The game is set to be played on Sunday at Silverback Park in Atlanta. The Bulldogs have been outscored 72-3 this season and the chances of that gap increasing this weekend is very likely. The Volunteers have a balanced attack with many ways to put points on the board. This could be a long game for a young Georgia side.

Mississippi State (0-2) at Kentucky (1-1) - The SCRC is filled with intruiging matches this weekend. After picking up their first on-the-field SCRC victory a couple weeks ago, Kentucky was hammered on the road against Florida last weekend. The Wildcats are back at home this weekend and facing Mississippi State who has yet to notch a victory. Kentucky's lone win last year came from a MSU forfeit. As long as Mississippi State makes the trip, this should be a good game against two fairly evenly matched teams.

Alabama (1-1) at Auburn (0-2) - After dropping their conference opener to LSU, Alabama bounced back with a convincing victory over Mississippi State. This weekend they are on the road to face off against SEC rival Auburn. If they are to reach the SCRC playoffs, Alabama needs to keep pace in the West Division. Alabama blasted Auburn last season and will need to avoid letting Auburn stay in the game. Alabama will look to Sophomore flanker Josh Oriez for leadership. Oriez was the team's leading try scorer in 2012 and already have five tries on this young season.

SCRC Standings

 
East Division
Team
W
L
T
PF
PA
DIFF
South Carolina
3
0
0
138
57
+81
Tennessee
1
0
0
42
24
+18
Kentucky
1
1
0
22
75
-53
Vanderbilt
1
1
0
43
61
-18
Florida
1
2
0
127
84
+43
Georgia
0
2
0
3
72
-69
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
West Division
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Team
W
L
T
PF
PA
DIFF
Louisiana State
2
0
0
91
19
+72
Ole Miss
2
1
0
77
44
+33
Alabama
1
1
0
58
49
+9
Auburn
0
2
0
22
77
-55
Mississippi State
0
2
0
17
78
-61

3 comments:

  1. Alabama vs Auburn has been moved to April 4. Alabama defeated Southern Illinois in Alabama last weekend 22-19.

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  2. U-S-C... Gooooo 'cocks!

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  3. South Carolina defeats LSU 26-13! Go Gamecocks!

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