Men’s Rugby team demolish Brébeuf in season opener
By Tyler Finigan
Dawson’s Men’s rugby team sent College Jean de Brebeuf to the showers after defeating them 38-0.
The team pulled off a shutout in their first game and they are hoping to keep up the pace next game against Marianopolis.
“They [The Blues] played well and it was a good start, but with more practices we will be able to build on what needs to improve,” head coach Robin Hoots said.
The Blues started off the game playing hard; completing their tackles and winning most of the scrums. Both teams struggled with one another’s defense and midway throughout the first quarter, neither of the teams had managed to score a point.
It seemed like Brebeuf’s defense was a perfect match for Dawson’s offence but Dawson quickly proved their offensive capabilities as Francis Leblanc, second row for the Dawson Blues opened up the scoring for the rest of the game.
From then on it was downhill for Brebeuf. They weren’t able to capitalize on vital penalty kicks or any of their throw-ins.
Dawson took advantage of the opposition’s mistakes and even with a somewhat faulty passing game, the Blues were able to run their way in to the tryzone many times for major points.
“I think we need to improve on our teamwork and passing,” said Caleb Jordan, back for The Blues, “but other than that I think we did pretty well.”
By the start of the second half, The Blues were up by a significant lead of 20-0. With no points scored by College Brebeuf, they took a more aggressive game strategy to fight back against Dawson.
Brebeuf came at them harder and harder as the game went on, but Dawson refused to retaliate, keeping their cool, as well as scoring points. Brebeuf’s overly aggressive strategy hindered them more than it helped as they began to take stupid penalty after stupid penalty.
The tackles became stronger and some even questionable. Even with a man in the sin bin for Dawson, Jean de Brebeuf was unable to capitalize. Even while being shorthanded, Dawson was able to score a try. With great performances by Caleb Jordan and Francis Leblanc, the Blues were able to keep the scoreboard full until the end-of-game whistle.
The game finished with Dawson showing they were clearly the better team with a score of 38-0 in favor of the Blues.
The Men’s Rugby team plays their next game against Marianopolis Sunday Sept 26 at 1 p.m. at Parc Douglas.