Pictou Advocate sports

County reaches Div. II rugby final

Sports

NEW GLASGOW — Teams from the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club returned home after splitting their weekend Rugby Nova Scotia playoff games.

Pictou County’s Division II side advanced to the provincial championship to be hosted by Eastern Shore after an impressive 38-12 victory over Riverlake on Saturday in Halifax.

Campbell Burrows scored two of Pictou County’s seven tries, while Michael MacGillivray, Reed MacDonald, Justin MacLennan, Cole MacIsaac and Cairan Boonehad each added one try. MacIsaac also had a penalty kick.

The host Halifax Tars defeated Pictou County 41-27 in their Division I semifinal match to eliminate Pictou County from the playoffs.

Kicking was a crucial factor in the game’s outcome. The Tars had six tries to Pictou County’s five but booted 11 points based on four converts and a penalty kick.

Bryan Campbell scored two of Pictou County’s tries, while Justin MacLennan, Bailey MacDonald and Briden Hawes got the others.

Coach Dave Delorey praised the efforts from both Pictou County rosters.

“Each roster yesterday had half who are still in school, either high school or university,” he said. “The entire group loves playing Pictou County style rugby, regardless the size of the opponent. Rugby is strong in the county.”

Delorey noted the Tars are recognized as one of the Premier Division I teams in Eastern Canada, but Pictou scored the last four tries of the game to make it interesting.

“Along with there imports from overseas, their size and experience is impressive,” he said. “There is no question they are larger in stature but we were larger in heart.”