Second year man Phil Boone scored 23 points on three tries and four converts, to lead the Humber Hawks to a 43-22 triumph over the Mohawk Mountaineers in an entertaining men’s rugby match at Mohawk Sports Park on Saturday (Oct. 22). Humber improved to 4-1 after their regular season finale, while Mohawk wound up 2-3.
The Hawks jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead on tries by Garrett Magee and Daniele Patrizi, but the Mountaineers came storming back to tie the count. First, Ross Isbister intercepted a Humber pass on his own side of centre field and scampered straight up the middle to paydirt. It was converted by Joel Clarke, who moments later booted a penalty goal from well over 30 yards to make the score 10-10 .
However, before the first half was out, Boone scored two tries and converted the second one, leaving Humber in front 22-10.
In second half, Nate Le scored consecutive tries, both converted by Boone and the Hawks seemed home and cooled out leading 36-10. But Mohawk, to their credit, dug deep and scored two tries. Ben Tamming and Graham McKelvey had the major scores with Clarke converting the first one.
However, Boone struck again, with his third try in the dying minutes and converted it, to end the scoring.
Despite the defeat, Mountaineers’ head coach Alex Paris felt his team, which has alot of experience in some positions and alot of inexperience in others, acquitted itself well. “The last 10 minutes of the game we ended up playing with 13 guys” said Paris. “We had (two) down and ultimately ended up putting in three players who are new to the game this year, first year players and first time rugby players. And you know what? We showed well.”
The coach noted Humber spent a few minutes down at Mohawk’s try line but his team displayed grit and the Hawks were unable to score. “We outplayed them in the second half.” said Paris. “I think we have alot of learning to do, going into the playoffs.”
Post season match-ups were yet to be finalized,with Seneca and Fleming wrapping up the regular season Sunday (Oct. 23).