Late try against Sir Wil lifts Colonel By into final playoff
Colonel By ball carrier is held up by a Sir
Wilfrid Laurier defender during their senior
rugby match-up on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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.
stake was the fourth and final playoff spot in the East
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.
for an offensive spark, the Lancers put the speedy Jackson
Bennett in the line-up at the start of the second half.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cougars could have easily folded up their tent after Bennett's
two tries, but they refused to give up.
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.
a hot day like that, they showed a lot of character to
come back after falling behind. It was pretty entertaining,"
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.
8:30 a.m., April 30)
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