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Senior Boys Rugby
Late try against Sir Wil lifts Colonel By into final playoff spot
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A Colonel By ball carrier is held up by a Sir Wilfrid Laurier defender during their senior rugby match-up on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

For two teams who had yet to win a game this season, Tuesday's senior boys rugby match between the Colonel By Cougars and the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers provided more drama than Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

At stake was the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Conference.

After the two teams traded a pair of unconverted tries in the first half, the Cougars took a 12-5 lead on a try by Thomas Saad that was converted by Marc Bitar.

Desperate for an offensive spark, the Lancers put the speedy Jackson Bennett in the line-up at the start of the second half.

Despite nursing a sore back, Bennett cut the deficit to just two points midway through the half when he made three Cougar tacklers miss him on his way to a 55-yard romp through the middle of Colonel By's defence.

While football is his first love, Bennett loves the rawness of rugby and the opportunity to run in the open field. His abilities were on display for all to see when he gave the Lancers their first lead of the game on another long try down the left sideline. Doug Jacobsen extended the lead to five points when he successfully kicked the convert to set up a wild final five minutes.

As time was winding down the Cougars made a final desparate bid to score a game tying try. They got to the goal line wth three minutes left, but the Lancers were able to keep them from driving the ball into touch.

The Cougars were knocking at the door a second time with two minutes left to go when the two teams were ordered to scrum on the five metre line. The Lancers won the scrum but lost the ball.

As it rolled out of the back of the pack, greg Snell picked it up and wrestled over the goal line to set up Bitar's game-winning convert.

The Cougars could have easily folded up their tent after Bennett's two tries, but they refused to give up.

Cougars head coach Cam Baird said both teams worked really hard and deserved a lot of credit especially considering the temperature which was in the upper 20s.

"On a hot day like that, they showed a lot of character to come back after falling behind. It was pretty entertaining," said Baird.

With two games left to go in the regular season, the Cougars are all but assured of a spot in the playoffs. A win against either Lisgar or Glebe would seal the deal, while another Lancer loss would have the same effect.

(Posted 8:30 a.m., April 30)


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