lose heartbreaker to Nepean on late try
By Fred Sherwin
Peter's Andrew Sutherland-Deveen sheds a tackle
during the NCSSAA AAAA/AAA championship game
at Twin Elm Park on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
a battle of Knights, the Nepean Knights upset the St.
Peter Knights on a last minute try Thursday to win the
NCSSAA senior boys rugby championship.
winning score came just moments after St. Peter had taken
a 14-13 lead on a try by David Pierre and a two-point
convert by Matt Kiropolous.
the try, St. Peter kicked the ball into Nepean's end hoping
to keep them hemmed in and run out the clock.
however, had other ideas and managed to quickly move the
ball deep into St. Peter territory where they were the
beneficiaries of a questionable call on when the Nepean
player appeared to step out of bounds.
of awarding St. Peter's a line out, the referee called
for a Nepean scrum on the five-metre line which the west-end
Knights managed to turn into the game-winning try despite
an apparent knock-on that also went unnoticed by the official.
loss was an emotional one for the St. Peter side which
was hoping to move on to the OFSAA provincial championshops
in Stoney Creek next week.
is devastating. The kids are just heartbroken," Knights'
coach Lee-Ann Napiorkowski said after the game.
opened the scoring with a penalty kick from just inside
the midfield line about five minutes into the game.
Peter responded on the very next possession, moving the
ball the length of the field, culminating in a try by
Liam Murphy. Kiropolous' convert woudl give the Knights
a 7-3 lead. It wouldn'd hold up for long, however, as
Nepean was knocking on the door 10 minutes later.
Peter kept Nepean out of the try area on their first incursion
down near the goal line, but they gave it back on the
ensuing scrum near the 22-metre line and the west end
Knights capitalized on the second chance to regain the
would add a second penalty kick late in the half to take
a 13-7 lead into the break.
Peter had a great chance to score a try at the eight minute
mark of the secand half when a Nepean player tried to
touch the ball down after fielding a kick, but he didn't
realize he was on the five metre line.
St. Peter player dispossesed the Nepean man of the ball
and managed to get it down to the one-metre line before
getting stopped just short of the goal line. St. Peter
tried to work the ball out to the left off the ensuing
ruck, but once again turned it over ending the scoring
weren't looking good for St. Peter as Nepean managed to
keep them at bay for the better part of the next 20 minutes
until the Knights finally broke through for the go ahead
try and the win.
the disappointing end to their season, Napiorkowski said
her players have a lot to be proud of.
can hold their heads high. They played hard. They played
the right way and they played with sportsmanship,"
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