Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Submitted by Geoff Coughlan - Rock Media Manager
September 18, 2013 - The Rock will play Ontario in the CRC at the Swilers Rugby Complex on Saturday Sept 21 at 3pm. Ontario, undefeated in 4 consecutive games in the CRC, were crowned National champions last Saturday, when they defeated BC by 50-27. The Rock lost their chance when they were defeated in two games, by the Wolf Pack and BC Bears, in a most difficult weekend out west over Labor Day weekend.
Ontario has won the National title for 3 consecutive years, a credit to their strong development program from u14 to senior.
They are determined to have an unbeaten season but the Rock are equally determined to resist on their home ground. In the prior game this year in Toronto The Rock lost a tight contest by 27-25. Last year the Rock lost at home comprehensively to Ontario in the final game of the CRC.
Powered by a strong pack featuring current Canadian internationals, Doug Woolridge, Ray Barkwill and John Moonlight, and by a potent backline, dominated by capped Liam Underwood and Derek Daypuck, Ontario will be favorites. However the Rock have improved compared to last year and should have several players back from injury. They will be expecting to field a fired –up pack, pushed by veterans Frank Walsh, Brad Lester and Kevin Parfrey, and a skillful backline, led by Canadian internationals Patrick Parfrey and Ciaran Hearn. Missing for Saturday will be Mike Simpson, Dean Blanks and Patrick McNicholas.
‘We are determined to play at our most intense’ commented Rock coach Simon Blanks. ”We will need our sixteenth man, the crowd on our side if we are to have any chance of prevailing. Although the National champions have been crowned the results of all CRC games have importance, particularly against our traditional rivals Ontario.”
Rock roster to face Ontario Blues:
Frank Walsh Stephen Cutliffe Owen Parfrey Jordan Power Brad Lester Toni Wodzicki Justin Meyers Kevin Parfrey Zac Coughlan Kyle Baillie Matt Heaton Mike Hamson Adam Paul Patrick Parfrey Robert Wilson Geoff Warden Ciaran Hearn Jason Picco Andrew Jamieson Alex Rogers