In my preseason D2 predictions, I had South Florida teams in
my top three spots. Last week showed me I wasn't a total idiot doing that as
all four sides from the area won their games, three of them VERY convincingly.
Of course, this area has the highest population concentration,
and as such should produce quality rugby year after year, but there are four
teams within an hour of each other, including two within a stone's throw, so
the talent does get thinned out on occasion.
But this year, Fort Lauderdale and Boca have just one loss
in six games between them, and the Tridents showed they are still a force to be
reckoned with after crushing Orlando. Miami has the numbers, and you know they
will get things figured out sooner rather than later.
And ironically, all four teams play each other this weekend,
giving us a good look to see if the Knights and Bucs can maintain their spots
in the top three.
Oh, and just in case you were wondering, D3 is still off.
I've been told to blame the teams for the two-month layoff, so all your fault,
players, ya hear?
Division II - View Schedule
Naples (1-2) at Jacksonville (2-1): Man, not exactly
the trip the Hammerheads surely wanted after getting slapped around at home by
Boca last weekend. Jax also got manhandled, but on the road at Fort Lauderdale,
and you have to like their chances after the way they opened the season with
two huge road wins, all be it against teams with one win between them in six
matches (Miami and Tampa). Jax takes this one without much trouble. Jacksonville
35, Naples 17
Tampa (0-3) at Orlando (2-1): The Battle for I-4 is
always a fun contest. Last season, Tampa came out on top by only three points,
21-18, while Orlando won their meeting back in December, also by three points.
Krewe are still looking for their first victory, and another loss could really
mean the playoffs are out of reach already, barring a miracle. Orlando lost
heavily on the road last week to Tridents, but do have a win over Fort
Lauderdale and play well at home. Griffins in another tight contest. Orlando
28, Tampa 25
Fort Lauderdale (2-1) at Tridents (1-2): When these
two teams met back in December, it was the Knights coming out on top by a good
margin. Both squads are coming off monster home victories over teams from the
north, and points should be a-plenty. I can't see the Knights losing more than
a couple of games this season, though, so will roll with them here, but in a
closer contest than last time. Fort Lauderdale 38, Tridents 31
Boca Raton (3-0) at Miami (1-2): I saved the most
interesting game of the weekend until the end, here. Well, actually, Charlee
Velazquez of RugbyFL.com and his highly unofficial everything did, as I just go
with the order he puts the games in, but that's besides the point. Anyway, Boca
comes in as the only undefeated D2 side, having given up just a total of 17
points in their first three games. However, they have played one-win Naples
twice and one-win Tridents, so they've managed to take advantage of an easier
opening schedule than most teams. This game is where things get tough, as Miami
is a sleeping giant, and Boca's big rivalry game vs. Fort Lauderdale is on the
horizon in a couple of weeks. The Bumblebees, meanwhile, finally picked up
their first win of the season last week at home vs. winless Tampa, and will be
looking to knock the Bucs off their perch. As the old adage goes, defense wins
championships, and I think Boca does enough to move to 4-0. Boca Raton 21,
Last Week: 3-1
This Season: 17-10-1 (63.0%)
All Time: 118-44-1 (72.4%)