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BLUES NEED BONUS WIN OVER ROCK TO TAKE TITLE
Friday, September 26, 2014 - Submitted by Doug Crosse for the CRC
It does not always work out so well, but in 2014 the last game of the Canadian Rugby Championship season will determine who wins the MacTier Cup. Ontario has traveled to St. John’s to play the final game of the season fixture list against the winless Rock. A bonus point win by the Blues will secure a fourth straight national title while a straight win will see them tied with the currently first place Prairie Wolf Pack with 23 points.
After that, regulations take a look at how the teams did in the points for and against, which currently favour the Wolf Pack with big wins over the Bears and the Rock earlier in the season. Coming into the final weekend the Blues have 133 points for and 74 against, while the Wolf Pack have a +95 differential at 177 for and 82 against. (Updated from previous version)

Meanwhile, the Rock is looking to break its collective losing duck, as they are 0-5 in what has been one of the toughest campaign’s in five years for the Atlantic regional squad.

“We’ve done everything we can,” said Wolfpack head coach Graeme Moffat of Calgary told the Calgary Sun. “We’ll be watching the game closely, but we’re pleased with how we’ve come (along) this year and we’ll start building towards next year regardless of whether we win or not.

“It would be great to win it because we’ve never won it before, but if we don’t we’ve still had a good season.”

Rock head coach Simon Blanks acknowledges it is a tough challenge in front of his young team as he is missing multiple first stringers including Kevin Parfrey, Chauncey O’Toole, Zac Coughlan, Mike Simpson, Patrick Parfrey and Ciaran Hearn.

“Ontario will want to bully us and are confident they can intimidate us with their power and pace,” he said. “But I doubt we’ll back down.

“However,” he added, “we need inspiration and call on the Rock fans to noisily support us on Saturday.”

Meanwhile the season scoring race is still up for grabs as well, as Derek Daypuck of the Blues is just 13 points adrift from front runner Gordon McRorie of the Wolf Pack, who has 76 points. McRorie compiled the points total with 4 tries, 10 penalty kicks and 26 conversions. Daypuck built his total from is kicking, hitting 15 penalties and 9 conversions.

Of more importance to players from all teams is the upcoming Americas Rugby Championship in October. Canada’s entry to the four team competition is made up of players who have impressed coaches over the course of the season. They take on Uruguay, the USA and Argentina over three nights from October 11th - 19th in Langford. Go to www.americasrugbychampionship.com for details and tickets.

Blues vs Rock - Saturday - 3 PM
Live stream available at http://rugby.compusult.net:9396/web/nru/watch-games-live

Rock Starting XV
1. Frank Walsh
2. Owen Parfrey
3. Bob Rogers
4. Brad Lester
5. Justin Meyers
6. Toni Wodzicki
7. Kyle Baillie
8. Mike Hamson
9. Tony Pomroy
10. Colin Alexander
11. Bryce Thomassin
12. Alex Rogers
13. Ben Harris
14. Robert Wilson or Jason Picco
15. Patrick McNicholas

Replacements TBA



 
Canadian Rugby Championship Standings

 

1. Prairie Wolf Pack (5-1-0; 23pts)

2. Ontario Blues (4-1-0; 19pts)
3. British Columbia Bears (2-4-0; 10pts)

4. Atlantic Rock (0-5-0; 1pt)

 

Ontario Blues Squad vs. Atlantic Rock – Name (Club)

 

1. Tom Dolezel (London St. George’s)

2. Ray Barkwill (Niagara Wasps)

3. Doug Wooldridge (Lindsay RFC)

4. Hank McQueen (Balmy Beach)

5. Scott Dunham (Balmy Beach)

6. Lucas Rumball (Balmy Beach)

7. Alistair Clark (Bay Street RFC)

8. Seb Pearson (London St. George’s)

9. Andrew Ferguson (Oakville Crusaders)
10. Shawn Windsor (Stoney Creek)

11. Dan Moor (Balmy Beach)

12. Derek Daypuck (London St. George’s), Captain
13. Jordan Wilson-Ross (Barrie RFC)

14. Jake Webster (Lindsay RFC)
15. Rich Lebel (Waterloo County)

16. Judson Rowbotham (Lindsay RFC)

17. Rob Brouwer (Lindsay RFC)

18. Jacob Rumball (Balmy Beach)

19. Haddon Murray (Balmy Beach)

20. Tim Richardson (Toronto Scottish)

21. Joshua Campbell (London St. George’s)

22. Jesse Lofthouse (Markham Irish)

23. Dan Mathie (Oakville Crusaders)

 

Ontario Blues Team Staff

 

Chris Silverthorn – Head Coach

Paul Connelly – Assistant Coach

Paul Ambrose – Scrum Coach

Mark Winokur – Manager

Rodin Lozada – Performance Analyst

Chris Kelly – Athletic Therapist

Dr. Chris Gallimore – Team Doctor

 
Player Team Points
Cooper Coats 44
Giuseppe De Toit 42
Andrew Ferguson 35
Grant Crowell 25
Sean Ferguson 20
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Player Team Tries
Grant Crowell 5
Sean Ferguson 4
Kainoa Lloyd 4
Jake Bentley 3
Dustin Dobravsky 3
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