Late try lifts Lancers over Gloucester Gators
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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 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.
who is better known for his prowess on the football field
than the rugby pitch, was at his ball-running, tackle
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.
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
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.
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.
first miss didn't come back to haunt them, but the second
miss led to Gitten's game-tying try and Kyle Carter's
win improves the Lancers record to 3-0, while the Gators
drop to 2-1.
the game Gloucester head coach Todd Fortier had no regrets
about attempting the goal kicks.
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."
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.
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.
two teams will do it all over again next week in a tune
up for the playoffs.
12 a.m., May 12)
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