JAX places 2nd in Sarasota 10’s

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JAX RFC traveled to Sarasota for the 3rd Annual 10s Tournament  on October 12, 2013.  9 teams were put in to three pools of three for group play.  Jax was paired up with Sarasota B and Naples B.  Jax traveled only 11 players to compete.  The game plan were simple, communication and defense.  Jax came out hard in the first game, only to make the only mistake that cost them a try.  Jax regrouped and put up 4 unanswered tries.  Naples was next, a young hard hitting team.  From the whistle Jax was stout on defense and communication scoring 5 total tries to Naples 0.

Jax came out of there pool play top seed and straight into the championship bracket.  Jax drew Tamap Krewe for the semi finals.  With a large thunderous team of Tampa, Jax knew they had to exploit there larger players and move the ball around the field.  Some great off-loads were the key to the game.  Jax 19 Krewe 15.
The finals came down to Jax v Sarasota A.  With a very tired lineup, Jax pulled together and tried to continue their stout defense and communication.  From the opening whistle, Jax seemed to have the wind out of their sails as 3 key defensive mistakes costs them 3 tries.  Down by 19 at halftime, Jax regrouped better than ever before.  With a rush defense and clear secured  rucks, Jax powered there way back into the game.  With seconds ticking down, Jax scored there final try and came up short.  Jax 12 Sarasota 19.
A well fought tournament by Jacksonville RFC it was.  As we build off this, we look forward to a weekend in Tavares, FL for the All Florida Rugby Tournament.  A big thanks and great playing by all 11 that traveled to Sarasota: Bubba Peterson, Larry Newkirk, Aquail, Aaron Sane, Erik Schiff, Chris Potter, Kevin Wathen, Sterling, Charles Hughes, Lualala Naufahu, and Big Andrew!!!