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The Sideline Whisperer
Predictions for Saturday, February 1st., 2014
There's some football game on Sunday, but forget about those pansies in pads. Instead, let's focus on a massive weekend of Florida rugby featuring some superb local rivalries. Oh, and don't forget the Six Nations starting with Wales playing Italy and France hosting England on Saturday, and Ireland/Scotland on Sunday.

Had another solid week of predictions last time out, so going to try and keep my form going, although this is an especially tough week.

Posted on 1/30/2014 9:00:32 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.





Division II (Click to view Championship Page)

Naples (2-2) at Tampa Krewe (2-2) - A huge West Coast matchup here, with the loser likely out of the playoff picture. These two teams play each other twice for some odd reason with this wacky, uneven D2 schedule, and Naples won 19-10 back in November. However, two unsuccessful trips to Miami-Dade County have left the Hammerheads fighting for their postseason lives. Krewe, meanwhile, have won two in a row coming into this game and appear to possibly be finally getting on track. This should be a tense, close affair, and I'll give the home team the slight edge. Krewe 22, Naples 20

Jacksonville (1-2) at Daytona (0-5) - A basement battle featuring the two teams propping up the D2 standings. Jax beat Daytona 36-26 just three weeks ago, and while I would love to pick the Coconuts at home here, I just think the visitors will have enough to pull out the win and keep their season alive for the time being. Jacksonville 32, Daytona 20

Fort Lauderdale (2-2) at Boca Raton (3-2) - Another game in which the loser is likely out of postseason contention, which makes this local rivalry even more intense than normal. The Knights pulled out a win over the Bucs in mid-November and handily beat Orlando last week as expected, but Boca have won three in a row since the early meeting, including handing the Tridents their only loss so far and demolishing Jacksonville (on the road) and Orlando. Boca will be up for this one and looking for revenge. Boca Raton 30, Fort Lauderdale 17

Division III (Click to view Championship Page)

Sarasota (1-0) at Gainesville (1-0) - This game has the potential to be a doozy. With Sarasota winning via forfeit and the Hogs crushing poor Indian River, it represents the first test for both sides. Along with Palm Beach, these two sides are likely to be the class of D3, and a loss here could be crushing for someone, meaning they might have to beat the Panthers if they want to claim a playoff spot. Sarasota impressed greatly at All-Florida Weekend under new coach Dai Morgan, while Gainesville are always in the mix. While this one could go either way, I'm going to go with the Surge picking up a road victory. Sarasota 19, Gainesville 17

Boca Raton (1-1) at Palm Beach (2-0) - Another very intriguing fixture. Palm Beach have destroyed Brevard and Pelicans to open the season and appear to be the favorites at the moment to take the No. 1 playoff spot. Meanwhile, Boca defeated Pelicans in their opening game but then fell at Brevard last week. I hear they were a little short-handed in that contest, but still managed to put up decent points. The Panthers will be wanting to avoid any losses in a tight D3 race for postseason spots, and should pull this one off at home. However, an upset certainly wouldn't surprise me by any means, especially with Palm Beach potentially looking ahead to their two huge games coming up next against Sarasota and Gainesville. Palm Beach 35, Boca Raton 28

Bay Area Pelicans (0-2) at Brevard (1-1) - Brevard avoided an 0-2 start by sneaking past Boca last week, and can't afford to lose another game if they want to keep pace with the leaders in this division. The Pelicans have really struggled so far since dropping down to D3 and face a second long road trip across the state in the space of three weeks here. Brevard coasts in this one. Brevard 40, Pelicans 7

Last Week (1/25/13): 5-1

Season: 17-6 (73.9%)
All-Time: 66-24 (73.3%)

Picture by Angie Pachcinski.

Code updated: 02/07/2018 13:04

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