Mountaineers stay on top of OCAA rugby with perfect slate

Mohawk Mountaineers took the Tilt of the Titans and came back to Hamilton with first place locked up Sunday in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s rugby loop.

Mohawk remained unbeaten and recorded its sixth straight win by beating Humber College 46-22 to hand the 5-1 Humber Hawks their first loss of the season.

Mohawk’s Brendan Clapp (ball carrier) gets a push from teammate Tyler Struyk. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

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Centre Darcy Palmer (Port Elgin) had two tries to lead Mohawk in the game played at Etobicoke. Also scoring were flanker Steve Johnston (Vinemount), second row Jeff Perssia (Brantford), back row Tyler Struyk (Uxbridge), scrum half Brendan Clapp (Picton), centre Brian Pearman (Stoney Creek), and winger Zach Crocker.

No. 8 James Cumpson (Stoney Creek) kicked three converts.
“It was a hard fought game, said Mohawk head coach Alex Paris. “Humber came at us with pretty good pressure. The score was only 26-22 midway through the second half, when our guys got a couple of quick tries.”

The Mountaineers will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday when Lindsay Sir Sandford Fleming visits Mohawk Sports Complex.

Fleming is looking for its first win of the season after six games and coach Paris isn’t taking the game for granted. “We’re going to play to the end of the season. We can’t start thinking past the next game. We’re taking it one game at a time and hoping for the best.”