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Junior Boys Rugby
Over-matched junior Knights suffer same fate as senior team in rugby final
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights' Quinn Nadon gets tackled high in what was a non-call during the junior boys rugby final on Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Scott

At it's outset, the junior boys rugby championship between the St. Peter Knights and their namesakes from Nepean, could go one of two ways.

Either the St. Peter Knights would avenge the school's senior team's loss to Nepean in last week's senior boys championship, or the Nepean Knights would be eager to repeat their school's senior team's success.

Wednesday's sequel between the two teams started out as an action adventure, but it quickly turned into a horror show after the intermission as the Nepean Knights blew the game wide open and rolled to a 23-7 win.

Nepean scored first by way of a penalty kick in the seventh minute to take an early 3-0 lead. Twelve minutes later, St. Peter got on the board 12 minutes later with a try from Jake Ross. Roman Cannell added the convert to give the Knights a 7-3 lead, which is how the first half ended.

The second half started out badly for the St. Peter boys and went downhill from there.

Nepean easily scored a try on their opening possession to overtake the Knights on the scoreboard, and then added three more tries in quick succession as the St. Peter defence failed to respond to Nepean's intensity.

The game was so lopsided in the second half that St. Peter barely had the ball to mount any sort of counter-attack.

After the game, St. Peter head coach Tom Pakenham credited Nepean for playing an outstanding game on defence, especially in the tackling department.

"They played excellent on defence. They made all their tackles. We have a lot of strong runners and when four strong runners never make a long run it says a lot about their defence," said Pakenham.

As for his own team's effort, Pakenham said he was proud of the way the boys played.

"I really feel that we played with a lot of heart and we kept trying right to the end," he said.

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