This Saturday marked the beginning of the Niagara Rugby Union Fall Cup competition. The Guelph Redcoats were unable to field a team and the Centaurs were awarded the default win.
With the Centaurs 1st XV and 2nd XV looking for an exhibition game, the Western University Team accepted the challenge and traveled with some of their team to Sherwood Forest Park in Burlington.
With plenty of numbers for both teams it was decided to play three 40 minute halves to allow all players to receive ample game time.
The Western University coaches were excited to get some of their younger players some real rugby action and use this game as a player development opportunity.
The day was cool with a light rain that made rugby conditions similar to England where Canada is preparing for the 2015 Rugby World Cup starting this week. Rugby fans can catch all the Rugby World Cup action at the Centaurs Club House starting this week as the games will be shown live on TSN.
The Centaurs team was a mix of youth and experience and were able to take the lead over Western in the first 40 minutes. Western coaches spoke to their team during the break and in the 2nd 40 minutes Western was able to capitalize with their speed to tie up the game.
In the last 40 minutes the Centaurs forwards were able to dominate utilizing their size advantage over Western with several pick and go’s and crash balls from scrum half Jordan Tanner to the forwards.
Overall it was a great day of rugby with the Burlington Centaurs defeating Western University 37-33 at the end of the three halves.
Special thanks to Matt Brotman and Ian MacInnis for referring the match.
Next week the Centaurs continue their quest for the Niagara Rugby Union Fall Cup with games vs their golden horseshoe rivals the Hamilton Hornets at Mohawk Sports College.