Peter girls remain unbeaten after dominating performance
By Fred Sherwin
Blair fends off a pair of would-be tacklers
in the St. Peter Knights 17-3 win over the
Asbury Colts on Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
St. Peter Knights varsity girls rugby team have left no
doubt that they are the team to beat this year's after
turning in an impressive performance against perennial
powerhouse Ashbury in the final regular season game on
two teams went into their final regular season game with
identical unbeaten records, but it was the Knights who
emerged victorious thanks to a impressive second half
in which they totally dominated the play and scored 17
game started out as a relatively even affair as both teams
spent the first half feeling each other out and looking
for potential weaknesses to exploit after half time. The
only score in the first half came in the final three minutes
when Ashbury kicked a penalty from directly in front of
the goal posts to take a 3-0 lead. From there it was all
Knights came close to scoring in the dying minutes of
the opening half, but the Colts held them up at the goal
line and refused to allow them to touch the ball down.
Knights made several important adjustments at half time
which ended up yielding benefits within the first few
minutes of the second half.
biggest adjustment was in allowing their fly-half, Emily
Gray, to kick the ball into open areas and chase it down.
Knights' first try was set up by a booming Gray kick that
ended up in the Colts' goal area. The Colt player who
retrieved the ball kicked it out of the end zone, but
her teammates were offside, allowing the Knights to set
up their attack inside the 10 metre line. A couple of
passes and a few hard runs later, Merrit Blair forced
her way over the goal line for the first try of the game.
than two minutes later another towering Gray kick forced
the Colt defender to retreat into her goal area.resulting
a change of possession and a Knights scrum on the five
the Knights gained control of the ball, they flipped it
out to Carolyn Williams (aka Big Red) who barreled around
the weak side and carried it in unscathed. After Gray
booted the convert from the sharp angle the Knights enjoyed
a 12-3 lead.
would extend their lead to 17-3 with yet another convert
at the 9:14 mark of the second half. At that point it
was all over except for the shaking of hands.
Colts never made it inside the Knights 23 meter line the
entire second half, and barely made it across midfield.
Knights have now beaten the Colts three times in a row
dating back to last year's city championship game. Their
other win was in a pre-season exhibition game. For their
effort on Tuesday, the Knights will enjoy homefield advantage
throughout the playoffs which get underway next week.
8 a.m., May 21)
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