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Friday, March 29, 2013

SCRC Digest

by Ted Hardy

The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference is idle this coming weekend. With only one weekend left to the in the regular season, the teams representing each division in the playoffs have already been locked in. However, the East Division title is yet to be decided as South Carolina and Tennessee square off on April 6th.

Last weekend's games included the deciding match in the West Division as LSU defeated Ole Miss 24-10 to clinch the West Division top seed. Other action saw South Carolina handle Kentucky 57-7, Vanderbilt sneak by an improving Georgia side 19-18, and Auburn blast Mississippi State 53-0.

SCRC Players of the Week

East Division

The SCRC East Division Player of the Week is Tim Holkenborg a Senior flyhalf from the University of South Carolina. Holkenborg has been a huge cog in the Gamecock offensive attack this season. This past weekend wasn't any different as Holkenborg scored 27 points on three tries and six conversions as South Carolina routed Kentucky 57-7.

"He continues to push his team to excel and rallied the defense throughout the game," added South Carolina Head Coach Mark Morris.

West Division

The West Division Player of the Week is Sebastian Kamyab, a Junior inside center from Auburn University. Kamyab continually pounded past the gainline while also creating opportunities for his teammates as he led the way in a massive 53-0 victory over Mississippi State.

SCRC Player Profiles

Switching gears a little bit this week. Instead of a Coaches Corner, we're going to highlight a couple key players in the SCRC.

Lucas Baistrocchi

School: University of Florida

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Class: Junior

GPA/Major: Sports Management major with 3.4 gpa

Position: Flyhalf

Number of years playing rugby: 16 years

Player’s rugby highlights/honors: USA South All Star, Florida U-20, Florida Collegiate All Star

Favorite aspect of playing rugby: The camaraderie

Coach's comments: "Lucas is the most committed player I have seen in many years, if not ever," said Florida Head Coach Ken Simmons. "As a freshman, Lucas started for Florida in the Sweet 16 in Bowling Green Ohio. He has been a leader on and off the field since then. Lucas spent the summer of 2011 in Australia and the summer 2012 in Japan learning and improving his game."

Chance Taylor

School: Ole Miss

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.0

Major: Business Management

Position: Flanker and 8 man

Number of years playing: 8 years

Favorite aspect of rugby: "The physicality of the game," says Taylor. "There
is always something different you can do while playing and running with the ball. I enjoy the camaraderie among the players and the friendships that are gained as well."

Coach's comments: "The maturity and growth of Chance has been an
absolute pleasure to watch and be apart of," said Ole Miss Head Coach David Chapman. 
"His command on the field and the respect he gains from his teammates from his play leaves no doubt on why he is the team President and Captain. His business style approach to the game makes it easy as a coach to get things done. His willingness to lead from the front captures the true essence of a leader. Coaching Chance is a honor and a privilege."

SCRC Weekend Preview

There are not any games scheduled this weekend in the SCRC.

2013 SCRC Standings

East Division
Team
W
L
T
PF
PA
DIFF
Tennessee
5
0
0
305
52
+253
South Carolina
5
0
0
221
77
+144
Kentucky
2
3
0
74
223
-149
Florida
2
3
0
160
140
+20
Vanderbilt
2
3
0
92
150
-58
Georgia
0
5
0
60
245
-185
West Division
Team
W
L
T
PF
PA
DIFF
Louisiana State
5
1
0
236
67
+169
Ole Miss
3
2
0
116
90
+26
Auburn
2
2
0
132
111
+21
Alabama
1
3
0
88
115
-27
Mississippi State
0
5
0
29
243
-214

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