43-3 win over Belleville puts Mohawk Moutaineers Rugby on top


The stage has been set for October 12. That’s when the 4-0 Mohawk Mountaineers put their unblemished Ontario Colleges Athletic Association record on the line. And hoping to nudge the Mountaineers from the top of the standings are five-time defending OCAA rugby champions, the Seneca Sting.

Mohawk reached the top of the league on Wednesday with a convincing 43-3 win in Belleville against the Loyalists.
Seneca sits in second place with a 3-1 record and plays fourth place Peterborough Fleming Knights today (Thursday). All things being equal, Seneca should win that game. The Sting have scored 126 points while allowing 26 compared to Fleming’s 89-27 totals.

Mohawk leads the league with 20 points, followed by Seneca with 15 points. With their wins and bonus points, the Mountaineers have picked up the maximum number of points in four games.

Zach Crocker, Brian Pearman (Stoney Creek), and Andrew Wishart (Hamilton) each had two tries while Tyler Struyk (Uxbridge) added one in turning aside Loyalists. James Cumpson (Stoney Creek) made four conversions.

Cumpson (45), Crocker (35), Pearman (30), and Steven Johnston (25) are 1-2-3-4 in league scoring. Darcy Palmer (Vinemount ) is tied with six others, including four Seneca players, in 10 place with 15 points.

The Oct. 12 game has a 4.30 p.m. start at Mohawk Sports Complex.