Rugby side reaches semifinal


NEW GLASGOW — The Pictou County Senior Rugby Club’s Division I side has lived to play another day.

Pictou County outlasted the Halifax Rugby Club 25-22 in a pulsating match on Saturday at the Parkdale Sports Complex and will visit the Halifax Tars next weekend in one of two semifinal games to determine the finalists for the Nova Scotia Rugby Union’s Division I men’s championship.

“It was a good, exciting game to watch,” Pictou County coach Scott Taylor said. “We stuck to our system really well and our set pieces were really solid.”

Five unconverted tries were recorded for Pictou County by Dana O’Brien, Andrew Kirkendall, Jordan MacNeil, Eric MacLeod and Tyler MacLellan.

Taylor said he knew HRC would bring a determined effort and their best talent to the game, unlike a more onesided win Pictou County enjoyed in their previous meeting.

“They came with a full squad,” he said. “They brought everything to the game.” Pictou County’s younger side found out early that Halifax came to win.

The teams were tied 10-10 at the half, but Halifax stormed to the lead in its first possession of the second half by scoring a converted try to make the margin 17-10.

Pictou County answered with three straight tries of their own to take a 25-17 lead in the dying minutes, while Halifax made it close with an unconverted try as time expired.

Pictou County ball carrier Briden Haas tries to avoid being tackled by a Halifax Rugby Club opponent on Saturday during their Rugby Nova Scotia Division I men’s playoff game in New Glasgow. Pictou County defeated Halifax 25-22. (Jess photo)