Ontario Blues fall short in exhibition rugby

The Canadian Maple Leafs outscored the Ontario Blues, 31-18, at Bear Mountain Stadium, a part of the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence, in Langford, BC., on April 7.

The Ontario Blues, including player Mike Scholz of Oakville, came into Langford looking to get their season underway, which will see them travel to South America in May to take on different national and club teams on an exhibition tour. The team is coming off of a successful 2011 CRC season, which saw them capture the MacTier Cup as CRC champions. The team will train and play exhibition games until their season starts at home against the Rock on Aug. 25.

The Canadian Maple Leafs are a squad made up of athletes who are training at the Centre of Excellence under Rugby Canada’s centralization. The group will continue to train at the Centre of Excellence and will assemble to play more exhibition games against teams such as the Ontario Blues as the year continues.

Scholz scored a try for Canada in his team’s loss. With 16:40 left in the game, Scholz intercepted and ran the length of the field for the score.

The Blues now have their sights set on May 5, when they will play the Chile National team, ranked 23rd in the world, in Santiago, Chile, then travel to Argentina where they will play provincial club side Salta on May 9. Finally, the team will see themselves in Montevideo, Uruguay to take on the Uruguay National team, ranked 21st on May 13.