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Junior Boys Rugby
Knights hang on for win over Wildcats; improve record to 3-1

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cairine Wilson's Owen O'Donnell tries to break through the St. Peter Knight line during junior rugby action on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

With 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.

The Knights' Quinn Nadon and Matt Byrne each scored a try in the first half and Aidan Bennett was good on both convert attempts.

Down 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.

Desperate 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.

The 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 could react.

Unfortunately 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.

With 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.

Of 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.

The 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.

A 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.

(Posted 12 a.m., May 12)


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