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Varsity Girls Rugby
St. Peter girls remain unbeaten after dominating performance against Ashbury
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Merrit 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

The 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 Tuesday.

The 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 unaswered points.

The 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 St. Peter.

The 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.

The Knights made several important adjustments at half time which ended up yielding benefits within the first few minutes of the second half.

The biggest adjustment was in allowing their fly-half, Emily Gray, to kick the ball into open areas and chase it down.

The 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.

Less 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 metre line.

After 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.

They 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.

The Colts never made it inside the Knights 23 meter line the entire second half, and barely made it across midfield.

The 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.

(Posted: 8 a.m., May 21)

 

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