Road victory down south against Miami RFC


Jacksonville traveled down to south Miami, Florida  to to face Miami RFC. The weather difference from Jacksonville to Miami was 40 degrees; with Jacksonville hitting around 45 degrees all day and Miami with a hot 85 degree day. But Jacksonville was prepared for a showdown with the bumblebees. With a lot of changes in the back line, Jacksonville would have to rely highly on their forward pack to move them throughout the game. Within 10 mins of the first half, Fly-half and captain Ryan Peterson went down with a groin injury. Flanker Erik Schiff would take over at the fly half position, a position he was not so familiar with, but he made it work. The first try of the game would come from Schiff on a quick tap-and-go on the 5m line. He caught the defense napping and put the first points on the board for Jax. Fullback Jon Pennington would also come in for conversion kicks in Peterson’s absence. First conversion no good. Miami would respond with a try of their own on a long pass from the fly half to the outside wing. It did not take long for Jacksonville to put a few series together with Prop/Flanker Taylor Youngling putting another try in for Jax. Shortly after, it would be a Youngling assist to winger Matt Vissali for another try. The half would end with a pick from Miami for a try.

In the second half, Jacksonville were determined to close the game out. Schiff would once again put in another try just minutes into the half. Then it would be Flanker James Woollcombe-Clarke would take a pick-and-go for another try. Finally a penalty kick of Pennington with no time remaining, ended the game in Jacksonville’s favor.

Final score: 32-12

Tries: Erik Schiff (2), James Woollcombe-Clarke, Matt Visalli, Taylor “Thor” Youngling

Conversions: John Pennington (2)

Penalties: John Pennington (1)

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