NEW GLASGOW — It was a day of mixed success for Pictou County rugby teams.
The local Division I side dropped a 23-13 decision to the Dartmouth Pig Dogs during the first game, while the Division II team prevailed 27-17 over Eastern Shore in the second game on Sunday afternoon at the Parkdale Sports Complex.
Bailey Fraser scored two tries and Bryden Hawes booted a penalty kick to provide the offence in the first game.
“Our set pieces were better, but we had too many knock-ons that hurt the flow of the play and killed some good chances,” coach Scott Taylor said.
Reed MacDonald scored two tries, while Peter MacLean and Matt Chediac had one try each. Cole MacIsaac completed Pictou County’s offence with two converts and one penalty kick.
“It was a close game until late in the second half when it went in our favour,” Pictou County forward Shawn Fraser said.
“We had a much better game,” Taylor said. “There were less dropped balls and we had more possession.”
Both local sides are in playoff contention, but the Division II side’s schedule is less clear.
The Division I side will host Windsor on September 8 starting at 3 p.m.
Pictou County will take a 3-3 record into the game, while Windsors stands at 1-4.
The Division I county side’s previous game on August 11 was a 56-27 loss to the Halifax Tars. Pictou County defeated Enfield 51-8 on August 2.
Pictou County’s record is 3-4 in the Division II standings. Other wins came against Truro and Enfield.
Pictou County’s women’s team was scheduled to meet Windsor in New Glasgow last week in a match to decide first place in the Division II standings. There was no word about the game’s outcome at press time.
Pictou County teams have been playing rugby under the name of the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club since 1971.
Pictou County back Reed MacDonald gets tackled during rugby Nova Scotia Division II match against Eastern Shore in Parkdale. MacDonald scored two of Pictou County’s tries in a 27-17 victory. (Goodwin photo)