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(Posted 1:30 p.m., May 7)
St. Peter Knights aim
for high school rugby repeat

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A member oif the St. Peter Knights crashes into a pair of Caririne Wilson defenders in senior bys rugby action on May 7. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Peter Knights senior boys rugby team kept their unblemished record intact on Monday with a 45-13 win over the Cairine Wilson Wildcats.

The win improved the Knights’ record to 3-0 with two games left in the regular season.

Their goal is to earn their way to the final and successfully defend the city championships they won last year.

Veteran Knights coach LeeAnn Napiorkowski says this team is still a work in progress.

“Considering the late start to the season we’re in pretty good shape. We’re a pretty young team and we still have a few things to work on, but the guys have a lot of character and passion for the game,” says Napiorkowski.

It took the Knights just three minutes to get on the scoreboard against the Wildcats. François Therrien scored his team’s opening try to cap a sustained opening drive that saw him place a near-perfect kick out of bounds at the three-metre line.

After winning the lineout, the Knights got the ball into Therrien’s hands who scored with relative ease. He then added the convert to give the Knights the early 7-0 lead.

The Knights would capitalize on a Wildcats turnover eight minutes later that led to a Dom Wheeler try. Therrien once again split the uprights on the convert attempt and just like that, the Knights were up 14-0.

They would extend their lead to 21-0 in the 25th minute after the Wildcats committed another faux pas, playing the ball backwards into their own goal area where they fumbled it away and into the hands of Pierre Hardy-Gouombas who laid it down for the easiest try of the game. Another Therrien capped the scoring sequence with his third convert in a row.

The Knights weren’t done yet, however. Connor Millenor bulled his way through half of the Wildcats’ defence to score a try on the last play of the opening half. Another convert by Therrien would give the Knights a 28-0 lead at the break.

A revved-up Wildcats team started the second half like gangbusters and managed to get on the scoreboard on a try by Enhom Fareghi. A missed convert attempt, however, left them trailing 28-5.

It took the Knights just five minutes to respond with their fifth try of the game scored by Tristan Ouellette.

The Wildcats answered back seven minutes later with an unconverted try by Sean Bartlett.

Tbe Knights’ Zak Karim scored the team’s sixth try two minutes later and Adrian Poirier followed suit seven minutes after that to give the visitors a commanding 43-10.

The Wildcats would get one try back in the dying seconds of the game on a converted try by Greg Kinsey to make the final score 43-17.

It was an impressive performance by the defending champions who were coming off a hard fought 5-0 win over the Glebe Gryphons last week. The Knights' next game is against the Ashbury Colts on May 14.

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