At Rugby Canada national championships
CALGARY – Brandon Adams provided a late score and Logan Plant made a key tackle to help Team P.E.I. secure its first win at the Rugby Canada national championships here Wednesday afternoon.
Adams scored a try with under a minute remaining, and Plant made a clutch tackle on the game’s final play to secure P.E.I.’s exciting 19-15 victory over Manitoba in the Under-18 Boys Division.
“Ty Wright made a great fake pass to create space for himself and got the ball wide to Brandon Adams, who sprinted into the corner for the winning try,” said Team P.E.I. head coach James Voye of Summerside in explaining how the winning score developed.
The win evens P.E.I.’s record at 1-1 (won-lost).
“The boys are feeling confident, not too confident, but they are definitely very happy they got a W,” added Voye. “They are looking forward to maybe making some more noise in the pool the rest of the week.”
P.E.I. will close out the round robin with games against Nova Scotia (noon, AT) and Saskatchewan (7:30 p.m.) on Thursday.
“The boys showed a huge improvement from yesterday (a 12-5 loss to New Brunswick on Tuesday),” assessed Voye. “We rucked well and played a better possession game, which we struggled with against New Brunswick.”
Ontario pick-up William Tjeuw scored in the game’s first two minutes to get the Island squad off and running. P.E.I. built a 14-0 advantage, and took a 14-5 lead into halftime.
Wright also scored a try and pick-up Alex Halvorsen of Alberta kicked two converts to round out the scoring. Team P.E.I. picked up a couple of players from Alberta and Ontario who did not make their provincial teams for the nationals.
Voye praised the play of Alex Rose and Dan Fingler at the flanker position.
“They had big hits and key hits at important times,” said Voye, who also coached Rose and Fingler at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside.