Possums come up short against Griffons

Saturday Oct. 15 – The Possums travelled to Greenville, SC for face the Griffins.  After a minor mishap involving a 1975 Cadillac Fleetwood limo (UT Orange) most of KRFC arrived at the pitch ready for an afternoon of rugby.  The game started with Knoxville receiving the opening kickoff and after both teams exchanged possession, Possum prop Shane Randolph took a pass out wide and rumbled across the try line to give Knoxville the early lead.  Greenville pinned the possums deep in their own territory and a handling error lead to an easy Greenville try to tie the game.  Knoxville answered back be stealing a Greenville line out and getting the ball to the 2 m line before Brad Lokitz took the ball from the back of a ruck and dove over the try line.  Once again Greenville answered back as their Fly-Prop broke across the line to even the score.  Knoxville scored again when 8 man and captain Wayne Chermely broke free for a 20 m try.  Rookie flanker John Patriarch made a long run but was tackled just short of the try line to end the half, score 19-19.  The second half opened with Knoxville advancing the ball deep into Greenville territory before taking advantage of a Griffin penalty to get the ball out wide where outside center Panagiotis “Sox” Tzerefos dotted the ball down.  Greenville’s larger pack was able to take a 5 m lineout and maul it over the line to take the score to 24-24.  A penalty kick and opportunistic Greenville try gave Greenville and 32-24 advantage with minutes to play.  The possums kept battling and got a late try when Brad Lokitz scored his second try of the match after racing down the field and scooping up a pass from wing Austin Hamilton to take the score to 32-29 in favor of Greenville.  Knoxville would get once more chance but were unable to mount an attack and the game ended 32-29.

Line Up:

  1. Rob Ellis
  2. Tom Jallo
  3. Shane Randolph
  4. Jay McNabb
  5. Brad Lokitz
  6. Zach Corridean
  7. John Patriarch
  8. Wayne Chermely (C)
  9. Kelly Ingle
  10. Moresby Taurautusa
  11. Austin Hamilton
  12. Shawn Shanks
  13. Panagiotis Tzerefos
  14. Chris Turner
  15. Ruvim Bulkhak

 Reserves

Chad Haynes

Jack Finney

Natty Zaharia

Zach Noble

Adam Ingle

 Half Time Score: 19-19

Final Score: 32-29 (Greenville)

KRFC Head Coach: Bill Peterson

GRFC Head Coach: Vince Atkinson

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