(BURLINGTON, ON) – The Ontario Blues Senior Men’s team avenged their opening loss to the Atlantic Rock with a strong display on Tuesday night at Burlington Centaurs Rugby Football Club. The Blues did not allow the Rock to score a try, only conceding three penalty conversions. The final score at the end of the match was 22-9 for the Ontario Blues, who were able to secure their first Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) win of the season.
In the first half, Ontario got things started with a Kolby Francis try. Shawn Windsor completed the conversion to give the Blues the early lead. Cooper Coats of the Rock hit two penalty conversions in the half, but the Blues had the narrow 7-6 lead going into the second frame.
The Blues were resilient in their attack, spending much of the second half in Rock territory. Early on in the second half, Mitch Richardson was able to get past the first line of Rock defense and get the ball off to Windsor who scored right under the posts. He converted his own try to pad the Blues’ lead. Next, after a goal line stand from the Rock, Marcello Wainwright was able to get the ball over the line off of a Mike Smith offload and bring the Blues’ lead to 19-6. Windsor and Coats traded penalty conversions to end the game and the Ontario Blues came away with a 22-9 victory.
Though the Blues secured a series advantage in point differential with the win, the Rock secured a bonus point in their Game 1 five-try performance. With the point advantage, the Rock place first in the East division and will match up against the Prairie Wolfpack in their semi-final. The Blues will face their rivals, the BC Bears in their semi-final on Thursday August 23 in Calgary at 7:00pm ET. More details about the match including the Blues’ roster and streaming details will be announced shortly.