Late try gives Knights first win of the season
By Fred Sherwin
Paul breaks a tackle on his way to scoring
the St. Peter Knights' first try against the
Hillcrest Hawks on Wednesday. The Knights
would go on to win the game 17-10. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the past six years the St Peter Knights senior boys rugby
program has been led by former Ontario team member Lee
as she is affectionately called by her players and students,
eats, lives and breaths rugby and often refers to the
teams she coaches as a "family".
that in mind, Napiorkowski had to make a difficult decision
in January to leave St. Peter and go to Australia on a
teacher exchange program.
Napiorkowski is in the land down under, Mike Waddell has
taken over the team with the help of several of her former
players including Billy Shaw, Harrison Lowe and Eric Donato.
team went to a pre-season tournament in New Brunswick
last month and was pretty much manhandled. The Hillcrest
Hawks, meanwhile, went 4-0 at the RugbyFest and won the
teams had less than auspicious starts to their seasons
with the Hawks losing 17-10 to the Colonel By Cougars
and the Knights dropping a 5-0 decision to the Lisgar
Lords. Neither team wanted to go down 0-2 when they met
on the same pitch at St. Peter High School on Wednesday.
weren't looking good for the Knights when the Hawks converted
a penalty kick in the opening minutes to take an early
absorbing everything Hillcrest had to throw at them in
the first 10 minutes, the Knights put together an impressive
drive of their own, winning at least five rucks to move
the ball to the goal line before Jelani Paul lost possession
while trying to reach across the line for the try instead
of setting up another ruck..
would have a chance to redeem himself a few minutes later
when Hillcrest misplayed a mark in their own end leading
to a change in possession. Francisco Lazaro was the first
man to the loose ball which evetually ended up in Paul's
hands who carried it in from about 15 metres out. After
the missed convert, the Knights held a 5-3 lead.
would go up 10-3 early in the second half thanks to a
solid run by big Ben Amoah who made his presence felt
on both sides of the ball.
when the game looked to be turning in the Knighs favour,
the Hawks soared right back and scored a converted try
on their next possesion to tie the score at 10-10.
Hawks would have two chances to take the lead, but their
kicker missed both opportunities after making two earlier
game would come down to an impressive run by John Shaw.
After the Hawks were penalized on their 22 metre line,
Shaw ran straight forward breaking a pair of tackles before
placing the ball down in touch for the go ahead try and
a 15-10 lead. Corey Constantini would add the convert
to make the final score 17-10.
win is hugely important for the Knights who must now face
the Colonel By Cougars in back-to-back games next week.
A pair of wins would put them squarely in the playoff
8 a.m., May 10)
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