Senior Men’s Recap August 17th

Burlington Centaurs traveled to Waterloo for the penultimate league game of the season on a stifling hot Ontario summers day. The 2nd XV which saw a host of changes got off to a fantastic start with centre Josh Jones breaking the gain line at will early on to establish a solid platform which would lead to 2 early tries from Samoan winger Rohan Augustine who was sprightly throughout the contest. Waterloo would come back into the game after some poor Centaurs tackling to even the contest midway through the first half. Fullback Brian Curran taking over kicking duties from newly promoted Captain Zach Dundas would add a penalty and a conversion to give the centaurs a half time lead of 15 – 5. Augustine would take advantage of an inspired kick by Colombian refugee Juan Pastachio to seal his hatrick in the second half, a score which would be matched by Waterloo but not built upon leaving the Centaurs eventual winners by a score of 22-10. A proud outing by the Burlington lads involving many new faces would leave coach Goldie feeling satisfied with his young team’s performance.

 

The Centaurs 1st XV had a must win game to continue their league challenge and they didn’t disappoint in a first half performance which would deliver 6 tries, 4 of them converted by ex Waterdown HS no 10 Brendan Bryan. Denny McCarthy scored three with the others added by winger Brenda Woodley, flank Jeff Brownson and stand I scrum half Zach Shurtless. A host of personnel changes in the second half saw the Centaurs struggle to maintain their first half dominance as Waterloo came back onto the game, scoring 3 tries which would be answered by 3 also from the Centaurs, fullback Andrew Porter crossing for one and flank Jenny McCarthy grabbing the other 2 after poor defence from the Waterloo side. McCarthy would end the day with 5 tries, setting a club record for scores by a forward in what would ultimately turn out be a one sided affair. All efforts were in vain however as local rivals Hamilton Hornets would win their fixture against fellow league challengers Niagara Wasps putting the league title out of reach for the Burlington side due to more bonus points gained by the Hamilton side. The Centaurs travel to Niagara next week in a rearranged fixture playing for pride in what will be a hard fought physical game aiming to achieve second place in the NRU A league.