2 July, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONTARIO BLUES DEFEAT USA RUGBY’S COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS, COMPLETE PERFECT 4-0 PRESEASON
Blues take down USA’s top men’s collegiate rugby players 31-16 at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass. on June 28 to earn their fourth preseason victory.
(TORONTO, ON) – In the final match of the Ontario Blues’ Canadian Rugby Championship preseason, the Blues ensured they would return to Canada with their unbeaten streak intact, defeating USA Rugby’s Collegiate All-Americans 31-16 in a hard-fought game played on June 28 just outside of Boston.
Held at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass., the cross-border match marked Ontario’s toughest test of their four-game preseason schedule, with the Blues going up against a side composed of USA’s top men’s collegiate rugby players and future American internationals.
With many Blues regulars unable to feature due to Canadian international duty, head coach Chris Silverthorn’s side of veterans and up-and-coming talent appeared to gel as the match progressed. With neither side able to gain much momentum in the first half, Ontario emerged as the more dominant of the two sides in the second frame, scoring 12 unanswered points late in the match to clinch the victory.
The host side had a strong start to the match, claiming the bulk of the scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes of the first match. After stringing together a number of dangerous phases, the All-Americans drew first blood close through a drop goal from fly-half Kaleikaumakei Konrad.
The lead would be short-lived, as shortly afterwards, Ontario responded with a try in the corner from Canada Sevens wing Jake Webster, and held a 5-3 lead after Derek Daypuck missed the conversion.
Minutes later, the Blues centre tandem of Daypuck and Dan Moor combined for another try, with Daypuck making an impressive line break and Moor finishing off the scoring play. Daypuck’s conversion increased Ontario’s lead to 12-3.
After a Madison Hughes penalty reduced Ontario’s lead to 12-6, the All-Americans struck again just before the halftime whistle, with a line break by centre Kingsley McGowan leading to a second row Mike Lawrenson try. The Hughes conversion gave the American side the narrow halftime lead, 13-12.
Early in the second half, Stoney Creek fly-half Shawn Windsor restored Ontario’s lead with a converted try. Up 19-13 and enjoying larger spells of possession and territorial advantages, the Blues would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the match.
With the clock ticking down, a second Hughes penalty closed the gap to 19-16, but any momentum gained from the scoring play was washed away when a red card was issued to All-Americans’ scrum-half Niku Kruger.
Down to 14 men, the All-Americans conceded two tries in the final minutes of the match. Substitute David Worsley touched down in the corner, and Moor added his second try of the match under the posts to wrap up a 31-16 victory for the Blues.
Blues head coach Silverthorn commented afterwards:
“It was a tough game and a fantastic test for us, as the All-Americans were physical and well-drilled and we had to really work to get the job done,” he said. “We saw some very good stuff from our guys, but there is still lots of work to be done before we start our CRC title defence in August.”
Manager Mark Winokur echoed Silverthorn’s sentiments, noting that he hopes the All-Americans and Blues matchup can become an annual fixture between the two sides.
“All in all, it was a very positive weekend, as the boys enjoyed the trip and performed well in a tough environment,” he added. “The All-Americans were well-organized and solid, and for the benefit of these two competitive sides, we would like to keep this fixture going for years to come.”
Ontario’s win over the All-Americans marks the final preseason game for the Blues. The Blues now enter a six-week break before beginning their quest for a fourth-straight Canadian Rugby Championship title in their CRC opener against the Atlantic Rock on August 16 at Twin Elm Rugby Park in Ottawa.
Ontario Blues Score Report
Tries: Dan Moor (2), Jake Webster, Shawn Windsor, David Worsley
Conversions: Derek Daypuck (3)
Ontario Blues vs. Collegiate All-Americans – Name (Club)
1. Jacob Rumball (Balmy Beach)
2. Sawyer Herron (Oakville Crusaders)
3. Tom Dolezel (London St. George’s)
4. Scott Dunham (Balmy Beach)
5. Haddon Murray (Balmy Beach)
6. Lucas Rumball (Balmy Beach)
7. Alistair Clark (Bay Street RFC)
8. Tim Richardson (Toronto Scottish)
9. Andrew Ferguson (Oakville Crusaders)
10. Shawn Windsor (Stoney Creek)
11. Rich Lebel (Waterloo County)
12. Derek Daypuck (London St. George’s), Captain
13. Dan Moor (Balmy Beach)
14. Jake Webster (Lindsay RFC)
15. Dan Mathie (Oakville Crusaders)
16. JT Rowbotham (Lindsay RFC)
17. Rob Brouwer (Lindsay RFC)
18. Hank McQueen (Balmy Beach)
19. Seb Pearson (London St. George’s)
20. Pat Richardson (Toronto Scottish)
21. Dave Worsley (Markham Irish)
22. Matt Alexander (Oshawa Vikings)
23. Josh Campbell (London St. George’s)
Ontario Blues Team Staff
Chris Silverthorn – Head Coach
Paul Connelly – Assistant Coach
Paul Ambrose – Scrum Coach
Mark Winokur – Manager
Rodin Lozada – Performance Analyst
Chris Kelly – Athletic Therapist
Dr. Chris Gallimore – Team Doctor
Ontario Blues 2014 Match Schedule:
*NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB 22 @ ONTARIO BLUES 34
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Kick off: 4:00 p.m.
Bill Crothers Secondary School Field, Unionville, Ont.
*ATLANTIC ROCK 'A' SIDE 33 @ ONTARIO BLUES 'A' SIDE 38
Monday, May 19, 2014
Kick off: 1:00 p.m.
Crusaders Park, Oakville, Ont.
*ONTARIO BLUES SEVENS 79 @ NEW YORK RHINOS SEVENS 43
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Kick off: 12:30 p.m.
PPL Park, Philadelphia, Pa.
*ONTARIO BLUES 31 @ USA RUGBY COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICANS 16
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Kick off: 2:30 p.m.
Irish Cultural Center, Canton. Mass.
ATLANTIC ROCK @ ONTARIO BLUES
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Kick off: 4:30 p.m.
Twin Elm Rugby Park, Ottawa, Ont.
ONTARIO BLUES @ PRAIRIE WOLFPACK
Thursday, September 4, 2014
ONTARIO BLUES @ BRITISH COLUMBIA BEARS
Sunday, September 7, 2014
BRITISH COLUMBIA BEARS @ ONTARIO BLUES (RECHARGE WITH MILK CUP)
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Kick off: 8:00 p.m.
Alumni Field, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ont.
PRAIRIE WOLF PACK @ ONTARIO BLUES
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Kick off: 1:00 p.m.
Nicholls Oval Park, Peterborough, Ont.
ONTARIO BLUES @ ATLANTIC ROCK
Saturday, September 27, 2014
* denotes pre-season match
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