USA Rugby Women’s College D1/Elite D1 Playoff Preview – UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

photo credit: @UCFWRugby  

The Gift-Time Rugby Network will broadcast the USA Rugby Women’s D1/Elite D1 College Round of 16 and Elite 8 Playoffs, being held at Life University on April 22 and 23. This playoff will feature the University of Virginia, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, University of Central Florida, and Life University.

University of Central Florida will play Virginia for the Round of 16 this Saturday.  Central Florida comes ready to play.  Central Florida has been crushing most their opposition this spring. Senior loosehead prop and captain Sara Karuli is excited for the coming matchup with Virginia.  She described that the team has become closer this season especially.

“You can see our performance on the field this year compared to last year is so unique. When you play with the same girls for over a year, you begin to understand their ins and outs.” Sara also attributed the team’s success to their coaches Raoul Besse & Vance Pace.

 

 

Fitness was an concern in the loss last year to North Carolina in the quarterfinals, score 39-31. Since then, the team has focused on using the team’s large forwards as an advantage by hammering the training on fitness and set pieces.

The match between UCF and Virginia will be a great competition and a fun one to watch.  Sara says the team is coming to play to win and they have their eyes set far in the playoffs for the future. “Our team has been putting in a lot of work this season and we’re extremely excited to showcase our efforts.”

The winner of this playoff tournament will have a chance to compete for a USA Rugby Women’s D1 national championship on May 5-6, being held at Life University.
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