Rugby Mountaineers keep rolling along

John Tavares scored two tries, leading the Mohawk Mountaineers to their fifth straight victory, 34-7 over the Seneca Sting, in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association rugby at Mohawk Sports Park on Thursday (Oct. 16).

With the win, Mohawk regained top spot in its region, ahead of Humber.

Trevor Atkinson opened the scoring for the Mountaineers just 10 minutes into the contest. James Cumpson converted. Cumpson then kicked a penalty. That meant Seneca had to kick off to Mohawk and the Mountaineers had a brilliant return involving several players and capped by Jonathan Isbister’s try down the right sidelines.

Cumpson split the uprights from a difficult angle and Mohawk led 17-0 at the half. Tavares scored his two unconverted tries around Clinton Good’s score, which was converted by Cumpson. Seneca broke the shutout in the final minute with a converted try.

Tavares, a product of the rugby programme at Hamilton’s Cathedral High School, said he loves playing at the college level. It’s where he wants to be.

Coach Alex Paris felt his team had great ball movement and communication throughout the whole team. He was also able to get his substitutes into the game.

Now, as the team heads into the stretch drive in the regular season, Paris feels everything is on schedule. “Today was a good indication of where we are with the development of the squad. I think from here we can only move forward and take a look at Conestoga next week (Oct. 21). We’ve already played them and know what they are going to come in with. So we’ll go from here and see what happens.”