Indiana vs South Carolina - Collegiate Rugby Championship

The Hoosiers entered this year’s CRC an upset loss to Boston College last year away from consecutive quarterfinal appearances. Two years ago, an upset victory over Life saw the Hoosiers to the quarterfinals before a loss to Kutztown sent them back to Bloomington. A dark horse for a quarterfinal birth, Indiana would need to get by the Gamecocks to keep that hope alive. A second-minute unconverted try gave Indiana the early advantage. The Hoosiers followed the score up with a stolen restart, narrowly missing out on a second try with a great defensive effort knocking the ball loose in goal. But a strike against the head in the resulting scrum gave Indiana the delayed points. South Carolina just about returned the favor with a steal of an Indiana scrum near midfield, but the Indiana defense managed to drag the Gamecock runner to touch. But, like Indiana’s second try, the great defensive effort proved a mere delay, as South Carolina soon crossed under the post to pull within three at the half.

A sloppy restart set Indiana up for a third try to once more make the lead two scores. South Carolina came agonizingly close to a try of its own, but Nick Skalka was pulled down just short, losing the ball in his attempt to ground it in-goal. As South Carolina desperately looked to get two scores, Indiana’s Alex Dorrier gifted the Gamecocks a yellow card for throwing the ball away after a penalty. With the man advantage, South Carolina looked to have plenty of time to eek out a victory. Instead, Indiana stood tall with a man down and held South Carolina scoreless in the final two minutes to secure a 15–7 victory, setting up a date with Kutztown to decide the Pool F champion.