Fergus vs Knights
Both teams turned up to play. Cru opened with a catch and run from the kick off. Yellow and gold forwards piled into the ensuing ruck on the 22 and drew in the Fergus pack. The ball was re cycled out to the right wing and dabbed down to put Oakville in front. Fergus never stopped challenging with both teams reveling in the intensity. A pick and go from the base of the scrum sealed the W on the whistle in a very closely fought game. Credit goes to Fergus who were great hosts, all games running on time
MRA vs Knights
The larger MRA squad forced the lads to dig deeply from the start. Both packs rucked strongly, playing end to end on a hot day. Oakville broke the deadlock by moving the ball wide and going over in the corner. MRA quickly replied with a try of their own. The intensity was raised again with great support in the counter ruck. Oakville kept their heads in the loose and began to edge ahead. The focus during practice on secure ball and support play was carried onto the field, and helped Cru provide clean service to the backs who proved the difference on the day. Many of the MRA senior players were absent so we can expect an even tougher challenge next week
Lancers vs. Brantford – Ferocious defense prevails
Facing a Brantford squad that retained a number of returning players, it was always going to be a tough test. Our boys certainly realized that going into the game, and set the tone early – making ferocious tackles, and stopping the Brantford attack on numerous occasions at the outset. After scoring an early try off of a break-away run, the boys settled into a possession game where they were able to move the ball across the pitch effectively on offence, and continued to attack Brantford defensively. Overall, it was a hard-fought game with the Lancers coming out on top. We look forward to more intense competition in our future games with Brantford as we move into weeks 2 & 3 of the regional hub series.
Lancers vs. Burlington / Stoney Creek – Great learning experience for all
With the Centaurs and Camels coming together to make up a side in the Championship group, our boys were unsure of what to expect from the newly minted opposition. Despite the Burlington / Stoney Creek group having a somewhat inexperienced side, they certainly put up a good fight throughout the match. In the end our boys were too much for the mixed team, and our attention to aggression on defense, rucking, and ball movement which we have been working on in training sessions over the past month paid dividends. We were particularly impressed by the talent and skill on display from our 2004 lads as they played inspired rugby, and gained some invaluable experience on the day. Hats off to a determined Burlington / Stoney Creek side that kept battling hard until the final whistle.