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The Sideline Whisperer
Predictions for Saturday, January 25th, 2014
If Justin Bieber was a rugby player, he'd clearly be a wing, right?

Anyway, there are a lot more important things than an idiot celebrity to worry about here, and that includes the six men's games on tap for this Saturday afternoon.

Posted on 1/23/2014 7:54:25 PM

Florida Rugby Union Men
Division 2
2017-18 Season
Florida Rugby Union Men
Division 3
2017-18 Season
Florida Rugby Union Women Division 2
2017-18 Season

The Sideline Whisperer is a member of the Florida Rugby Community that makes predictions for the Men's D2/D3 Championships and the Women's D2. Occasionally he may take on other topics. He has decided to remain anonymous. (And it's not me!). Thanks and enjoy!

-- Carlos "Charlee" Velázquez
Rugby in Florida CEO.





I had a great week last Saturday, going 5-1, and only missing the correct Orlando/Boca score by a couple of points. Proud of myself for that start to 2014, as early-season matchups aren't always easy to predict.

While I would love to be in Vegas this weekend watching the USA 7s, I'll have to make do with watching it on NBC. To those of you out there in the desert, enjoy it! Oh, and don't forget that the Six Nations is only one weekend away, while Super Rugby starts on February 15, for those of you who like to watch that sort of thing.



Division II (Click to view Championship Page)

Naples (2-1) at Tridents (3-1) - The Tridents easily handled Daytona as expected last weekend to remain in first place atop the D2 standings. Meanwhile, Naples make their 2014 matrix debut here after sandwiching fall wins over Krewe and Daytona around a heavy defeat to Miami. This game should tell us a lot about the Hammerheads, and whether they're still a team to contend with or if they're going to be also-rans this season. I think the Tridents take this one, narrowly. Tridents 28, Naples 25

Miami RFC (3-0) at Daytona (4-0) - This is a long trip for Miami, who took care of Fort Lauderdale last week despite missing three players who attended the South tryouts. They shouldn't have too much trouble with the Coconuts, however, as Daytona have yet to win a game this season. They haven't lost by more than 17 points, yet, but they have also probably played the weakest schedule of any team. Bumblebees roll here. Miami RFC 45, Daytona 7

Orlando (1-2) at Fort Lauderdale (1-2) - Lauderdale opened their season back in November with a great win over rivals Boca, but that was followed by losses to Krewe and Miami, leaving the Knights on the outside of the playoff spots looking in. Another loss here would be catastrophic, especially to Orlando, who gave up 40-plus points in both of their losses and appear to be having a down year. Home team pulls this one out handily. Fort Lauderdale 38, Orlando 12

Division III (Click to view Championship Page)

Gainesville (0-0) at Indian River (0-1) - When these two teams met last year, the Hogs ran out 64-0 winners. As they forfeited to Sarasota last week, I'm not sure how improved second-year team Indian River will be this season, if at all, but I have a feeling Gainesville will be competing for the state D3 title as usual and should take care of business without too much trouble. Gainesville 55, Indian River 5

Palm Beach (1-0) at Pelicans (0-1) - Well, the Panthers certainly made a statement last week with a crushing win over Brevard. The boys in black still want to claim their spot as the elite Florida D3 side, and while their schedule gets tougher next month with games against Boca and Sarasota, who impressed at All-Florida Weekend, this game likely won't be much more than a walk in the park. The Pelicans didn't exactly excel in a 20-point loss to Boca last week, and they clearly made the right decision to drop down a level. Palm Beach 42, Pelicans 20

Boca Raton (1-0) at Brevard (0-1) - This is an interesting matchup, as Boca are going on the road for the first time in D3 action. Helping their cause is the fact their D2 side is off this weekend, so they could certainly put a stronger side out in this game than they would if both of their sides were in action. Brevard, meanwhile, got hammered by Palm Beach last week and will want to win this one to prove they are still a side to be reckoned with. I think the Buccaneers take this one. Boca Raton 28, Brevard 22

Last Week (1/18/13): 5-1

Season: 12-5 (70.1%)
All-Time: 61-23 (72.6%)


Picture by Facundo Manuel Fabbri. 

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