Redeemer Royals show improvement in rugby

Recently, Mohawk and Redeemer revisited a Hamilton rivalry for a final exhibition rugby test to decide Mountain bragging rights. Mohawk’s rugby teams compete in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association while Redeemer is looking to gain OCAA status in the sport.

The women’s game ended 22-10 in Mohawk’s favour as Redeemer showed a much improved side from the team that was beaten 64 – 0 in September. The Mountaineers experience and bruising forward pack were the difference in a game that could have gone either way.

Both teams played with toughness and the will to win, but in the end Mohawk was victorious.

Photo: Luke McKee

The men’s game was a highly spirited and very competitive match. After falling behind 15-5 going into the second half, Redeemer stormed back with two converted tries from Justin Roberts and PJ Buys and a last minute penalty kick by Luke McKee to secure the victory at 22-20.

For Redeemer’s it was the Royals inaugural win on home turf and the 115 fans who came out for both games were not disappointed with the results and passion showed by all of the teams.

This past fall was Redeemer’s first full season for men’s and women’s rugby as club teams. The Royals, members of the OCAA, hope to add rugby to their varsity schedules.

Both Mohawk teams were winless in six outings this season.