Blues Sr. Men: Ontario takes down Glendale Raptors in Burlington

May 21, 2017

share

(BURLINGTON, ON) – The Ontario Blues Senior Men’s team welcomed the Glendale Raptors to Sherwood Forest Park today for a pre-Canadian Rugby Championship friendly match. The Ontario Blues battled the windy conditions to take the game 43-25 over the Glendale side, who were recently named as a member of newly formed Major League Rugby.

The provincial side from Ontario’s meeting with the newly-dubbed professional rugby squad from Colorado was a matchup for the ages – American Pacific Champions take on the Canadian Rugby Champions in a battle of pride.

The Raptors came out strong, showing their brute offensive force, pinning the Blues defense into their end. After eight minutes, they penetrated the Blues’ line and took a 5-0 lead. The Blues answered back with a try of their own from Mike Sheppard and a successful conversion from Andrew Ferguson. The Blues and Raptors traded tries for the rest of the half, but the difference came in the kicking category, as the Blues were able to convert two of their tries, despite the windy conditions. The Blues went into half with a 24-15 lead.

In the second half, the Raptors converted an early penalty kick to get within three six points of the Blues, but it was the closest they would come. The Blues recorded three tries and two conversions in the half, while the Raptors generated a try, conversion and a penalty kick. The Blues came out victorious, winning the cross-border clash 43-25. 

Highlights of the match included two tries from Kainoa Lloyd (Mississauga), four conversions from Andrew Ferguson (Crusaders) and a strong defensive performance from the Ontario side.

Scoring Report

Ontario Blues

Tries: Mike Sheppard, Jeremy Wright, Kainoa Lloyd x2, Andrew Ferguson, Eric Howard, Lucas Rumball

Conversions: Andrew Ferguson x4

Glendale Raptors

Tries: Maximo De Achaval, Seth Halliman, Brian Walness, Chad London

Conversions: Maximo De Achaval

Penalty: Maximo De Achaval

Ontario Blues Sr. Men Roster

1         ROB BROUWER, LINDSAY

2         ERIC HOWARD, BRANTFORD HARLEQUINS

3         RYAN SURGENOR, BYTOWN BLUES

4         HENRY MCQUEEN, BALMY BEACH

5         MIKE SHEPPARD, STONEY CREEK CAMELS

6         JEREMY WRIGHT, LINDSAY

7         LUCAS RUMBALL, BALMY BEACH

8         SEBASTIEN PEARSON, LONDON ST. GEORGE’S

9         ANDREW FERGUSON, CRUSADERS

10       SHAWN WINDSOR, STONEY CREEK CAMELS

11       KAINOA LLOYD, MISSISSAUGA BLUES

12       JOSH CAMPBELL, LONDON ST. GEORGE’S

13       JON WEST, CRUSADERS

14       DAN MOOR, BALMY BEACH/CASTAWAY WANDERERS

15       RORY MCDONNELL, BRANTFORD HARLEQUINS

16       ANDREW QUATTRIN, AURORA BARBARIANS

17       DJUSTICE SEARS-DURU, CRUSADERS

18       PATRICK LYNOTT, BYTOWN BLUES

19       PAUL CIULINI, AURORA BARBARIANS

20       ANDREW WILSON, CRUSADERS

21       JOHN SHERIDAN, MARKHAM IRISH

22       ALEX COLBORNE, TORONTO SCOTTISH

23       MARIO VAN DER WESTHUIZEN, GUELPH REDCOATS

ABOUT RUGBY ONTARIO

Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to establish a stronger identity for rugby in Ontario by promoting the sport’s core values and by fostering a culture of inclusiveness and excellence on and off the field of play.

To learn more, visit https://www.rugbyontario.com/


WANT MORE INFORMATION?

Kevin Baxter

Communications Coordinator - Rugby Ontario

647-560-4790 x 106

kbaxter@rugbyontario.com


JOIN THE CONVERSATION