By Coach Phil Beck
Memphis TN. March 18, 2023 – With a cold start 42 degrees, Memphis took on Tulane a side we have not played for the last couple of years. We were quickly awarded a penalty try as Nick Nolen was high tackled and about to go over the line. The Tigers went up 21-0 in the first half and whilst Tulane came back with 2 tries, Tigers put in 2 tries in the second half making the final score 33-10.
We then met with a fired up Spring Hill. Tries in the first half coming from Nick and Harry with Coner converting gave us 14-0 half time score. The 2nd half saw Spring Hill put in a good try and converted but with Tully Conor and Emilio put in tries and Coner converting the game finished 35-7 to the Tigers and this gave us a top seed for our Group B.
In the Semi final we came up against a fast looking KSU side but with Tully Coner scoring tries and Sehrab (2) with Coner converting we had a comfortable lead at half 26-5. The second half saw KSU put in another try and converted giving them 12 but tries from Emilio and Conor (2) and his converting put us into the final with a 45-12 win.
The final, pitted us with Mizzou who took on last year Champions Sam Houston and beat them, so we knew it would be a tough game . Half time Mizzou had 14 to our 7. Both teams played well and whilst Mizzou were more physical the Tigers held on and were very close to tying up the game which would have put in extra time, but the whistle went and Mizzou were 19 to Tiger 12.
The Tigers have played 3 tournaments this season and made all of the finals losing in 2 both against D1 sides and winning against LSU a D1 side so we are beginning to come together as a strong contender for the upcoming SCRC Championships.
Conor Demsey who had a great tournament was named as Tigers all team player of the Tournament and well deserved.
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