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   CRC Senior Men:
ONTARIO BLUES GET PAST THE ROCK
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August 25 was a day of firsts for the Ontario Blues; their first opening day Canadian Rugby Championship win in four seasons in their first home opener and a first CRC appearance for four new Blues.
 
This was, however, a tough test all the way as Blues scored two late tries to rally past Atlantic Rock before a decent crowd at Oakville, winning 23-19, three tries to one.
 
“There are no easy games in the CRC and certainly no easy games against the Rock” said Blues coach Chris Silverthorn after his men had erased a 16-11 deficit into the last 20 minutes to gain the win. “but we were able to see some new faces and get a win, so happy in that regard”
The game began  with Ontario pressure on a very hot afternoon, but Liam Underwood missed two penalties in the first five minutes and Rock were able to counter.
 
The Blues capitalized first on a Rock turnover, with flanker Alistair Clark going over in the corner, but Dean Blanks kicked the first of his four penalties to bring the Rock to within two. With Blues hooker Ray Barkwill off the field with a yellow card, Rock took advantage with a quick score, converted by Blanks, and the teams traded penalties to leave Atlantic on top by 13-11 at the turnaround.
 
The Rock controlled much of the play for the early part of the second stanza, adding another penalty to lead 16-11, but Ontario took the lead when prop Doug Wooldridge made a neat break through the middle, offloading to Blues captain Derek Daypuck for a score under the posts, Daypuck converting his own try to put Ontario up 18-16. Blanks then countered with another penalty, Rock 19-18 with 12 minutes left, but after a series of long Blues runs, Ontario were awarded a penalty near the Rock 22. With everyone in attendance looking for a kick at goal, Daypuck quickly lofted a high one to the opposite corner which flanker Andrew Crow gathered, and dashed in for the winning try.
 
A long spell of Blues pressure saw Rock counter deep into Blues territory, but the Rock turned over the ball near the Blues line to end the threat and the match.
 
“A big win for us as every CRC game is” said Silverthorn “and we will get a number of players back from injury next week which will help against a talented Pacific team.”
 
The Blues will host the Pacific Tyee at Burlington next Saturday, 430 kickoff, with the University of Guelph facing McMaster University in the opener at 130.
 
For more information, see www.burlingtoncentaurs.com

MATCH SHEET TO COME...
 
 Blues squad for this Saturday v Rock @ Oakville, 430 pm
   NAME                    CLUB
1 Doug Wooldridge, Lindsay
2 Ray Barkwill, Niagara/Oakville
3 Tom Dolezel, London
4 Rob Brouwer, Lindsay
5 Hank McQueen, Balmy Beach
6 Andrew Crow, Balmy Beach
7 Alistair Clark, Oakville
8 Seb Pearson, Lindsay/London
9 Kyle Armstrong, Ajax
10 Liam Underwood, Balmy Beach
11 Ryan Macsween, Balmy Beach
12 Derek Daypuck, London ©
13 Jordan Wilson-Ross, Barrie
14 Lucas Hammond, Toronto Nomads
15 Craig Marshall, Toronto Scottish
16 Creag Johnston, Toronto Scottish
17 JT Rowbotham, Lindsay
18 Jacob Rumball, Balmy Beach
19 Cameron Stones, Ajax
20 Andrew Ferguson, Oakville
21 Ryan Tomlinson, Barrie
22 Dan Moor, Balmy Beach
 
Coach - Chris Silverthorn
Assistant Coaches - Paul Ambrose and Paul Connelly
Manager - Mark Winokur
AT - Mike Cook
Video Analyst - Rodin Lozada
Physician - Dr John Ho

Follow the Ontario Blues on Twitter: @blues_rugby

The Rock Line Up
     NAME           CLUB            HOMETOWN
1. Frank Walsh Vandals RFC St. John’s, NL
2. Benoit Piffero St. Anne-de Bellevue Montreal, PQ
3. Bob Rogers Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
4. Jon Phelan St. Anne-de Bellevue Montreal, PQ
5. Brad Lester Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
6. Toni Wodzicki Wanderers RFC Montreal, PQ
7. Kevin Parfrey Swilers RFC Halifax, NS
8. Zac Coughlan Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
9. Mike Simpson Swilers RFC Sudbury, ON
10. Dean Blanks Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
11. Geoff Warden Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
12. Patrick Parfrey Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
13. Morgan Lovell Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
14. Tyler Wish Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL
15. Robert Wilson Swilers RFC St. John’s, NL

Keelan Chapman St. Anne-de Bellevue Montreal, PQ
Jordan Power Dogs RFC Mt. Pearl, NL
Steve Cutcliffe Dogs RFC St. John’s, NL
Mike Hamson Tars RFC Halifax, NS
Justin Meyers Swilers RFC St. John's, NL
Scott Forrest Tars RFC Halifax, NS
Llyr Morris Mudmen RFC Charlottetown, PEI

Coach: Simon Blanks
Co-coach: Pat Parfrey
Manager: Rick Graham


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