Knights surprise rugby Mountaineers with first loss in two years

The Fleming College Knights of Peterborough handed the Mohawk Mountaineers their first rugby loss in two seasons, 21-14, at Mohawk Sports Park on Saturday (Oct. 13).

The Knights had three penalty goals in the first half and led 9-7 after 40 minutes. The Mountaineers actually took the lead briefly (7-3) on a James Cumpson try, which he also converted.

In the second half Fleming had two straight tries, only one of them converted, for a 21-7 lead. The Mountaineers had some hope very late as Pavel Palma scored a try, with Cumpson making the conversion. But Mohawk ran out of time and saw their record slip to 5-1, the same as Fleming’s. Seneca is 4-0 and Humber 3-1 in a hotly contested league which could go right down to the wire.

Mohawk head coach Alex Paris praised his squad for not giving up until the final whistle. “We had a really good last 10 minutes of the game”, said Paris. “Again, every time that we play is a learning experience. We’ve just got to realize that we’ve got to play at that intensity the whole game.”

The Mountaineers have another big game Wednesday when they visit Seneca.