Continuing on the success of the beginning of the season, Charlotte rugby has racked up a few more wins and a close loss to Life University since my last post. As of right now, I’ve made the switch back to scrum half full time, and it’s been quite a fun ride.
(Photo Credit: Jess Valentino)
Life JV traveled to Charlotte in Mid-February for the 2nd matrix (or division) match of the season. We actually came out of the gates firing and scored a couple quick tries, but they kept crawling back into the game, with the score close to even at the half. Towards the end of 2nd half we were down by 3 tries. Whether that was due to fitness or a mental block of playing a tough Life team I’m not sure.
Knowing that we had to get within a try to lock down a bonus point (or going for the outright win), we made a last push and put in two tries in what seemed like the last 2 minutes of the game. I even managed a sneaky scrumhalf pick off a scrum for a try right under the posts.
With the matrix matches played so far, it’s starting to look like it’ll be Life vs Charlotte in the 1st round of the Carolinas Union playoff, as long as we take care of business with Atlanta Old White in the next two games. Hopefully we can finally grab a W from Life and move on to the South Championships in Florida next month.
Photo credit: Atlanta Old White (vs Renegades)
In non-matrix matches, we’ve been having even better times. We had Baltimore-Chesapeake come down for an A-side and B-side friendly in late February. Although our B-side had a close loss, we put on a bit of a clinic with the A-side match with a closer-than-it-really-was score of 45-31. Not too bad for playing a team a division higher than ourselves.
Mirroring that, this past weekend we traveled to Nashville to play the team we faced in the South Championship weekend last year. The A-side came away with a 46-19 win, while the B-side came back and won by a try or so in the last few minutes. I saw a drone flying above during the first half of the A-side game, looking forward to tracking down that footage! After the match, a well-earned social with the Nashville side in downtown Nashville was the perfect ending to the weekend (And the start of a lot of stories, haha).
Finally, I was able to secure a spot on the USA South select side for the Savannah Tournament. After a few years of trying out for the squad, it was great to be able to put on the jersey for the first time.
There were a lot (this is an understatement) of experienced coaches and players on the team (As well as a solid representation from Charlotte!), and the experience of playing with those guys will only help with our goals in Charlotte this season.