Jacksonville traveled to Orlando, Florida to compete in the inaugural FRU Winterfest, an open tournament for all rugby clubs in Florida. Unfortunately not many of the D2 Mens clubs joined we Jacksonville competed in a round robin styled tournament against college clubs, UCF and UF.
First game was against UCF at 11am. UCF came out ready to go as they put up the first try within the first minutes of the game. JAX responded with a try of their own, but couldn’t stop UCF’s back line from scoring 2 more tries to go into half time. JAX also picked up a yellow card just 5 mins into the game which did not help our defensive stand. In the second half, JAX came out hard putting in multiple tries and closed the gap, but UCF would come back and score a few more tries to end the game. Final score 17-38 UCF.
Our second match against UF was at 2pm. Jacksonville was ready to get a win for the day as they started the game off with some commanding runs and big time tries. Every line-out, scrum and ruck was spot-on which helped Jacksonville run away with the game with a final score 40-0.
Overall it was a fun tournament, and no players got injured. Just what Jacksonville needed heading into the Matrix season. Game 2 of the Matrix season will be this weekend, January 21st down in Weston, FL against newcomers Okapi Wanderers Rugby. Kickoff TBA.