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Senior Boys Rugby
Late try lifts Lancers over Gloucester Gators

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A member of the Gloucester Gators tries to put a move on a Sir Wil defender during senior boys rugby action on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

In the world of sports, speed can often make the difference between winning and losing. That was never truer than in the senior boys rugby match between the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lancers and the Gloucester Gators on Thursday.

In what for the most part was a highly competitive game between two evenly matched teams, two long runs by Lancers speedster Kurleigh Gittens proved to be the difference in a 12-10 win for Sir Wil.

Gittens, who is better known for his prowess on the football field than the rugby pitch, was at his ball-running, tackle avoiding best.

His first long run set up the Lancers opening try which he scored off a scrum in the opening half. His second run was the difference maker, coming after a missed goal kick attempt by the Gators late in the game.

After the Lancers opened the scoring, Gloucester came back to tie the game on a try by Yusef Abbadi. Neither team was able to add a convert and at halftime the game was tied 5-5.

The Gators took the lead midway through the second half on a try by Robbie Picard, but once again they missed the convert in the windy conditions.

As the final minutes wound down, Gloucester managed to get the ball deep into Lancers territory and on both occasions opted to attempt a goal kick from just outside the 22-metre line rather than maintain possession and on both occasions the kick was off target.

The first miss didn't come back to haunt them, but the second miss led to Gitten's game-tying try and Kyle Carter's game-winning convert.

The win improves the Lancers record to 3-0, while the Gators drop to 2-1.

After the game Gloucester head coach Todd Fortier had no regrets about attempting the goal kicks.

"It's about those teachable moments," said Fortier. "It's one thing to lose the game in regular season on a missed kick, but at some point we need to be able to make those and when the opportunity arises we want to put the boys under pressure to see if thay can come through."

On the other sideline, Lancers head coach Rick Varden was pleased with his team's comeback, and even more pleased by Gitten's performance, but he was less than pleased with the number of penalties they took, especially in their own end.

"We need to work on playing together as a team, playing smarter rugby and eliminating those penalties. We're taking too many penalties which is giving them too many yards and too many opportunities," said Varden.

The two teams will do it all over again next week in a tune up for the playoffs.



(Posted 12 a.m., May 12)


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