MARKHAM, Ont. - With four ties and four lead changes throughout the 80 minutes, it was a back-and-forth battle between the Sheridan Bruins men's rugby team (3-2 OCAA) and Seneca, whose final play try handed the Double Blue a 43-38 defeat.
"We didn't play even close to our potential, that's the bottom line. Not even close," head coach Rick Bria said. "[There were] a lot of missed assignments and, sure, some moments of brilliance, but overall we just didn't play our game, and the final result is the final result."
Justin Tota opened the scoring for the Bruins, slicing his way through six tacklers on his way to his first of two tries on the day, while booting four converts. Jeffrey Fallows touched down a pair, while Nathanael Penny and Nick Sheridan each scored a try to round out the Sheridan scoring.
The Bruins will host the annual Battle of the Bears against their rivals from Georgian in the regular season finale on Oct. 20, but may be missing a critical piece after Adam Yhip went down with an injury late in the second half. Bria says that replacing someone like Yhip is extremely hard to do, but given what's at stake the team must find a way to persevere.
"It's going to be tough, especially if we don't have Adam, he's the heart and soul of our pack," he said. "But we have a next-man-up mentality, so we'll pull together as a group and work hard next week in practice."