The Mohawk men’s rugby team outlasted the Fleming Knights of Peterborough 8-5 in a hard fought OCAA Division 1 battle at Mohawk Sports Park Saturday night (Oct. 1).
The teams battled through a scoreless first half as each missed a penalty goal.
Just shy of the midway mark of the second half the Mountaineers were in a penalty situation more than 20 yards out and Ross Isbister took a quick tap to himself and raced uncontested to the first try of the game. Isbister missed the conversion attempt, but then kicked a penalty late in the game which gave Mohawk what looked like a comfortable 8-0 lead. However, with just two minutes remaining Shane Cunningham raced around the left side and scored for the Knights. But the Mountaineers were able to kill the remaining time to improve their record to 2-0. Fleming is now 0-2.
Mohawk head coach Alex Paris said every week is a learning experience for his team. “We have a lot of new guys on the team, (for several) this is their first year ever playing rugby so, the learning curve is quite short”. Paris notes the team has alot of rugby to learn to play over the next couple of weeks. “For us to be consistent we have to make sure we have our new guys understanding what we are doing and the senior guys are working hard to be leaders on the field and make sure the younger (players) are doing what they need to be,” said Paris. The coach notes Mohawk is not in the controlling position they have been the last few years. They don’t have to same body count or skill level and they must learn to relax.
The Mountaineers next game is at Seneca, Thursday (Oct. 6).