Knights hang on for win over Wildcats; improve record to
By Fred Sherwin
one game left before the playoffs the St. Peter Knights
can finish no worse than second place in their division
after defeating the Cairine Wilson Wildcats 14-12 on Tuesday.
Wilson's Owen O'Donnell tries to break through
the St. Peter Knight line during junior rugby
action on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
The Knights' Quinn Nadon and Matt Byrne each scored a
try in the first half and Aidan Bennett was good on both
but not out, the Wildcats came out of the halftime break
and scored an early converted try to cut the Knights lead
in half. Evan Hall scored the major and Cooper Oldford
made the convert.
to tie the game, the Wildcats would have their chance
with five minutes left to go. A long kick from midfield
that went out out of bounds in the end zone would set
up a scrum on the five metre line and lead to the opportunity
Cairine Wilson was hoping for.
Knights got called for trying to bring the scrum to the
ground, allowing the Wildcats' Gregory Kinsey to take
the quick mark and dive into the end zone before the Knights
for the Wildcats, the try was made near the sideline settng
up a difficult convert attempt from a sharp angle into
a stiff crosswind, which failed to hit mark.
Still, the Wildcats were a goal kick away from winning
the game, but try as they they would never get the opportunity
and the game ended with the Knights successfully protecting
their two point lead.
the win, St. Peter improved their record to 3-1 and can
finish no worse 3-2. The only other team with a better
record are the Colonel By Cougars who handed them their
lone loss. All the other teams in a position to make the
playoffs have two losses and the Knights have defeated
all of them, which means they would win any possible tiebreaker.
course, the Knights could make things a lot easier for
themselves if they win their final game against the St.
Patrick's Irish on Thursday. A win over the Irish would
eliminate any need for a tiebreaker and assure them of
homefield advantage in the the first round of the playoffs.
Wildcats are in a much more precarious position at 2-2.
They need to win at least one of their two remaining games,
or hope the Ashbury Colts defeat the Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Lancers in their final game.
Colts win over the Lancers would allow the Wildcats to clinch
the fourth and final playoff spot in the east even if they
lose their two remaining games.
12 a.m., May 12)
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