Volume 12 Week 5

Tuesday, May 5


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Junior Boys Rugby
Lancers salvage tie with late try against Tigers

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matt's Tyler Villeneuve passes the ball to teammate Brendan Carroll just as he's being tackled by Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Ashutosh Upreti during junior rugby action on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

After starting the high school rugby season with a 17-15 loss to the Cairine Wilson Wildcats, the defending champion Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers almost suffered the same fate against the St. Matthew Tigers on Friday, if not for a converted try in the dying minutes of their game.

Trailing 10-8 with only minutes remaining, the Lancers managed to work the ball downfield and into the hands of Noah Simpson who was able to score off a scrum on the five metre line to narrow the deficit to two points.

It was up to kicker Matt Carney to split the uprights and tie the game. Carney had missed an earlier convert attempt, but made good on a goal kick from 20 metres out in the first half to get his team on the board. He had also missed a late convert attempt against the Wildcats that would have salvaged a tie in their season opener.

Despite the obvious pressure, Carney cooly booted the ball through the posts and prevented his team from suffering a second straight loss.

The game itself was a hot mess with both teams making early season mistakes, making it difficult for either side to generate any sort of momentum.

The Tigers started out strong enough, generating a try in the opening five minutes by Mitchell Laberge.

The Lancers were able to cut the Tigers lead to two points on Carney's goal kick 18 minutes later, but St. Matt's answered back with a try from Julian Lindell in the final two minutes of the half to go up 10-3.

After the break, Sir Wil bounced back with their first try of the game scored by Mohamed Moubarek.

The Tigers had a chance to reestablish a five point advantage on a goal kick from 27 metres out four minutes later, but Brendan Carroll's attempt came up a couple of metres short.

St. Matts would get another opportunity to add to their lead late in the game when Tyler Villeneuve scored a try off a scrum on the 22 metre line. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Carroll was unable to make the ensuing convert, leaving the door at least partially open for a last minute Lancer comeback.

The Tigers managed to prevent Sir Will from scoring on their initial attempt by standing them up on the goal line, but they coiuldn't stop Simpson's run off the subsequent scrum. The end result was provided by Carney's right foot.

The Lancers have 10 players who are holdovers from last year's championship team. Head coach Eric Kukkonen is hoping the team will return to championship form before the start of the playoffs in three weeks.

The Tigers playoff hopes hinge on how they do against the St. Patrick's Fighting Irish and the Colonel By Cougars next week. The Irish have yet to play a game, and the Cougars will be fresh off their season opener against the St. Peter Knights which is scheduled for Monday.

Because the high school rugby season is so short and the spring started so late, it's difficult for teams to get in the necessary practice they need to prepare for their games, giving those teams that have already seen action a decided advantage over those teams that haven't.

(Posted 3:30 a.m., May 2)


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