OAKVILLE, Ont. – After back-to-back losses to start the season, the Sheridan Bruins Men's Rugby team (1-2) faced a daunting task against a Humber Hawks team that won it's last game in convincing fashion. However, in front of a raucous home crowd and in torrential rain, the Bruins defense stood strong and defeated the Hawks 21-7.
On the opening possession of the game, the Bruins secured the ball deep in Humber territory. Baruch Boamah-Frimpong drove the ball in to score, giving the Bruins an early 7-0 lead two minutes in.
It was then that the skies opened, bringing significant rainfall to the field, that only helped the Bruins more, as Paul Croswell dove in and scored their second try in the first five minutes.
The Bruins continued to dominate in the rain, as at the 17th minute mark, Justin Tota scored the Bruins third try and took a commanding 21-0 lead.
It was at that point that the defense took over, completely stifling the potent Hawks attack. Even with Humber threatening near the try line, they were unable to score, and the Bruins held a 21-0 half time lead.
As the second half began, the rain had stopped, giving Humber an opportunity to close the gap. At the 49th minute mark, they scored their first try, narrowing the lead to 21-7.
But that was as close as the Hawks could get, as the Bruins closed the game with a well-earned win.
The men's next contest will be another challenge, as they take on the undefeated Georgian Grizzlies on the road for the Battle of the Bears, where the Bruins took home the Battle of the Bears Championship trophy last year. The game will be October 5th at 7:00pm in Barrie.