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State Finals D2/D3 Predictions
Well, folks, as another season of Florida rugby comes to a close, I would like to thank you all for reading the Sideline Whisperer. I do this column for fun and to get people talking, and I hope some of you even got some motivation and/or laughs from my very amateur insight.

Posted on 4/11/2014 10:48:44 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.





For the four remaining mens teams left alive in the state, the motivation this weekend in Clermont is to win and qualify for the first round of the national playoffs - the round of 32. In D2, the winner of Miami-Fort Lauderdale will likely play Charleston, who have romped through True South play. While in D3, the winner of Sarasota-Gainesville will take on the top seed from Georgia, which will likely either be Savannah or Athens.

Division 2

No. 3 Fort Lauderdale vs. No. 1 Miami - The Knights got a last-second drop goal to upset the second-seeded Boca Raton Buccaneers last weekend, while Miami also had to work very hard to beat Krewe by six points at home. Lauderdale is likely playing the best rugby in the state at the moment and will need to bring all of their talent on Saturday to beat the one-loss Bumblebees. I have a sneaky feeling the boys in blue will be able to ride their great momentum of late and pull off a second straight upset. Fort Lauderdale 23, Miami 20

Division 3

No. 2 Gainesville vs. No. 1 Sarasota - When these two teams met in Gator country back in early February, the Surge came out on top 30-24 in their closest contest of the year by a long way. In their other five non-forfeit matrix victories, Sarasota won by an average of 35.8 points to 8.2 points. Yes, this contest is at a neutral venue, which certainly helps the Hogs with the shorter trip than all the way to the southwest, but I think having probably the best coach and scrumhalf in the state will power the Surge to the state title. Sarasota 32, Gainesville 24

Last Week: 3-1
Season: 52-14 (78.8%)
All-Time: 101-32 (75.9%)

Code updated: 02/07/2018 13:04

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